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Certificate in the Recognition and Care of the Acutely Ill Woman in Maternity Services

Course Points
Course Duration
14 weeks (1 Semester)
Course Level
Level 8
Course Start Date
January 2021

Three great reasons to consider this course

  • This course was designed in conjunction with the Health Service Executive
  • Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.
  • This programme is approved by the NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland).

Course Summary

Recognising and responding to acutely ill women in maternity settings requires enhanced midwifery knowledge and skills. By closely monitoring and assessing changes in clinical observations and interpreting early sings of physical and/or psychological decline, midwives are more likely to identify deterioration and accelerate care in a timely and appropriate manner.

Important notice about this course

Next course running Spring 2021

On completion of the programme the graduates will be able to:

  • Critically discuss the knowledge, skills and professional behaviours required to recognise, assess and effectively care for acutely ill women in maternity services.
  • Consider the structure and function of altered anatomical and physiological organ systems in pregnancy/postnatal period.
  • Develop an enhanced understanding of pregnancy/postnatal conditions that contribute to maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Utilize new knowledge to enhance advanced assessment and care of women presenting with altered health states in pregnancy/postnatal period.
  • Demonstrate clinical competence and critical thinking for level 2 midwifery care in pregnancy/postnatal period.
  • Discuss strategies for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration and communication.
  • Interpret and implement new and existing midwifery knowledge through evidence-based practices

Includes cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and pregnancy; pre-eclampsia; maternal sepsis; miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy; epilepsy and pregnancy; diabetes and pregnancy; perinatal mental health; strategies for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration.

More information about the course outcomes, content and assessment

This programme uses a combination of face to face classes and on-line delivery. Students will be required to attend for face to face classes from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm, for approximately 8 days. The remainder of the programme will be delivered on-line.

You MUST be:

  • Registered Midwife with the Nurse / Midwifery Board of Ireland or equivalent.
  • Employed within a relevant healthcare setting.
  • Candidates should be working in a placement where provision of midwifery care would occur on a daily basis.
  • Applicants may be interviewed.
  • Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to a PC / Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.
  • Basic IT skills essential.

All midwives who have regular contact with women during the perinatal period should consider applying for this course

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736 

Dr. Anita Byrne (Lecturer in Midwifery)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2765

Course ID DK_NILLM_8
Level 8
Duration 14 weeks (1 Semester)
Credits 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees €700
Starting Date January 2021
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How to Apply

Applications for this programme will open in Autumn 2020. All programmes are delivered subject to demand.

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