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 2019

Two 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.

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. The Certificate in the Recognition and Care of the Acutely Ill Woman in Maternity Services will allow midwives to develop their knowledge and skills in the recognition, assessment, care, and evaluation of acutely ill women in this regard.

Important notice about this course

Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th January 2019

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.

The course takes place over one semester (14 weeks) with a combination of in-class and online delivery.

Students are required to attend DkIT from 8.30am to 4pm on the following days:

  • 22nd Jan
  • 29th Jan
  • 12th Feb
  • 26th Feb
  • 12 March
  • 26th March
  • 9th April
  • 30th April

The remainder of the programme is 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

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 
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Dr. Anita Byrne (Lecturer in Midwifery)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2765
Email: anita.byrne@dkit.ie

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 2019
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How to Apply

Interested students MUST first discuss the matter with their Clinical Manager and the Practice Development coordinator within their area of employment.

Students should then complete a lifelong learning application form (see download button below) and submit an up-to-date CV and a scan of your NMBI registration to:

Lifelong Learning Centre, DkIT, Dublin Road, Dundalk Co. Louth.

Download Application Form

Alternatively you can email a scan of the application form, CV and NMBI registration to parttime@dkit.ie