NU6167 Maternity Critical Care

NU6167 Maternity Critical Care

Module Code:   NU6167 Maternity Critical Care (10 credits)

Qualification:    CPD Module

Duration:             5 days

Teaching mode                 Part time

Dates:                   Semester 1 (dates to be confirmed)  

9th October 2019


6th November 2019

20th November 2019

4th December 2019

Module Fee:      € 900

Venue:                 Centre of Midwifery Education, Cork University Maternity Hospital

Entry requirements Registered Midwives or Registered General Nurses

Credits:                                10 credits

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Maternity Critical care


This is a module for midwives providing care to women with complex or high risk pregnancies, it is designed to advance midwives’ knowledge and skills in maternity critical care or to practice within a Maternity Critical Care setting.   Undertaking this module will prepares midwives to critically explore the management of the critically ill childbearing woman in order to develop and expand their role within maternity or critical care environment.

Core areas addressed are:

Introduction to maternity critical care; pregnancy complications requiring critical care: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Renal, Neurological.  Assessment and management of fluids and electrolytes; co-morbidities, associated pharmacology; principles of monitoring;; use of the biomedical technology,

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an ability to critically reflect on the application of maternity critical care skills
  • Critically evaluate evidence based practice in context to maternity critical care practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology pertaining to the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, system in pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and respond appropriately to deterioration in a critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning implementing and evaluating care for critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Discuss various treatment modalities for critically ill maternity women.


Topics included are as follows:

Principles of maternity critical care, pathways of care, impact of co-morbidities, recognition of deterioration of maternity patient, escalating and deescalating care, assessment, monitoring and management of childbearing women who are critically unwell.  Physiological adaptations of pregnancy and how they impact on critical illness. Clinically evaluation and management of both pregnancy-specific and other conditions associated with pregnancy requiring critical care admission.



This module is open to Registered Midwives and Registered General Nurses ONLY, with evidence of current registration the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 

This module will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Subject to timetable restrictions, students may  additional CPD modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Those who complete this module may be eligible to apply for exemptions from other courses if similar or relevant to existing modules on other programmes, if taken within a five year time frame, if judged relevant and to a maximum of 15 credits.

Application Procedure

To apply, complete and submit the following form:

You will be required to submit an Original Birth Certificate (or *Certified True Copy) (if not previously a student at UCC), evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and two passport sized photographs with your name written clearly on back (new students only).


Fee        €900 + Application fee €35.

Please note that there are a limited number of places on each course and if the module is oversubscribed, preference will be allocated given to nurses and midwives working in the South/South West Hospital Group area.

Completed application form must be submitted to:

CPD Coordinator

Graduate Studies Office

University College Cork


Find out more:

Dr Rhona O’Connell (CPD maternity module co-ordinator UCC)

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex

University College Cork


Tel: (021) 4901466



Pam Evans (module co-ordinator CUMH)

Delivery suite

Cork University Maternity Hospital



Tel: +353 (0)21 492 XXXX



Helen Forbes (administrator)

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Brookfield Health Sciences Complex

University College Cork

Tel: +353 (0) 490 1555


School of Nursing and Midwifery

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Brookfield Health Sciences Complex College Road Cork, Ireland , T12 AK54