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Maternity Care Support

Awarded by
QQI Level 5
Duration
7 Weeks
Timetable
Friday: 09.30 am - 05.30 pm
START / END DATES
02/09/22 - 14/10/22
Delivery
September intake: Face to face
Fees
€595 (Inc Exam Fee)

Why take this course?

  • Are you interested in achieving the Maternity Care Support Award?
  • Do you want to gain the skills, knowledge, and interpersonal skills required to assist the midwife in caring for mothers, babies, and the family unit? 
  • Do you want to gain the practical skills appropriate for work in a maternity care setting as a Care Assistant?  
  • Do you want to enhance your career path with excellent opportunities for progression to further and higher education?

What will I study?

You will gain the real-life knowledge, skills, and competence required to support the midwife in a maternity facility.

Enrich your learning experience in a diverse learning environment. A friendly welcoming student-centered learning environment with a Professional Midwife who will support, mentor, and guides you through the skills, knowledge, and understanding of maternity care support.

You will experience demonstrations in specialist equipment, examples include a hospital bed, baby cot, hospital trolley, drip and many other items of equipment.

Maternity Care Support 

The objective of this programme is to provide an introduction to the application, theory, and practice of maternity care support.    

DAY 1  Introduction

  • Overview of maternity care and terminology.
  • Working in maternity care.
  • Philosophy of maternity care.
  • The organisation of maternity care in Ireland.
  • UNICEF baby-friendly initiative.
  • Discussion on points in the handout.
  • Questions answered.

Second Day

DAY 2

  • Common admissions to ante natal ward. labour ward, postnatal ward, and S.C.B.U.
  •  National Maternity Strategy.
  • Discussed Harvard referencing.
  • Discussed presentation of written and practical assignments.
  • Gave out written assignment titles.
  • Questions answered.

Third Day

DAY 3

  • Discussed Mother and Infant Care Scheme and Maternity leave.
  • Discussed the impact of prematurity and babies with congenital abnormalities.
  • Discussed coping with pregnancy loss in miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death.
  • Discussed breast and bottle feeding and the role of the care attendant in this.
  • WHO regulations regarding infant feeding
  • Questions answered.

Fourth Day

DAY 4

  • Discussed security measures and infection control in the hospital.
  • Care of the isolated patient.
  • Storage and use of bed linen.
  • Disposal of dirty and infected linen.
  • Blood and urine testing.
  • Discussed clinical incident reporting.
  • Discussed any points arising from the course.
  • Showed videos related to skills demonstrations.

Fifth & Sixth Day

DAY 5

  • Skills demonstrations.
  • Skills assignments Given to students.
  • Students practised skills.
  • Discussed any points arising from the course.

DAY 6

  • Students carried out skills assignments and filled out self-evaluation sheets.
  • Assignments received, checked, and signed for.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will:

  • Discuss the philosophy of maternity care
  • Examine how certain elements of maternity care enhance the experience of mothers, babies and the family, to include nonjudgmental attitudes, individualised care, consistent information, good communication and advice and choice
  • Summarise the physical, emotional and social needs of the mother during the ante partum, intra partum and post partum periods
  • Discuss the benefits of breastfeeding while allowing for individual choice
  • Investigate the importance of infection prevention and control in the maternity care setting 2
  • Examine the special needs of the family unit when a baby is diagnosed with a congenital abnormality
  • Describe the grief process in those affected by miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death or maternal death
  • Explore the impact of relevant current legislation and World Health Organisation (WHO) programmes on maternity care
  • Identify particular safety and security procedures in maternity care such as application and checking identity tags and operation of security systems to ensure security of babies
  • Give assistance to mothers in caring for themselves and their babies, to include the mother's personal hygiene and comfort, baby hygiene, positioning, handling and feeding
  • Demonstrate a range of clinically related skills, to include preparation of clinical areas and trolleys for maternal and infant care and procedures, assistance of clinical staff during physical examination, measuring, testing and recording urine and reporting changes in mothers and babies condition to the midwife
  • Execute cleaning of and care for general and specialist equipment such as beds, mattresses, cots, bedpans, incubators, resuscitation equipment, theatre equipment and feeding equipment
  • Maintain stock levels of specialist maternity stores and equipment
  • Execute appropriate responses to identified emergency situations experienced by mother or baby to include reporting, patient positioning and clearing of an airway 15 Employ the terminology used in the maternity care setting.

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to Dorset College website.

The Application Steps:

Complete the online application form, upload your documents and you will be requested to pay a minimum deposit of €75. 

Requirements include:

  • Photo ID (Passport, Driving Licence etc).
  • PPS Number.
  • Copy of a Leaving Certificate standard or appropriate QQI/FET Qualification (if you are under 23 years old).
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency for Non-Native speakers (If you do not have a certificate, please request an English interview for free with us).

Should you not have any document above, please contact us to discuss your eligibility for the programme ([email protected]).

Assessment & Awards

Assessment Method
A combination of module-appropriate assessment methods will facilitate the assessment of learning outcomes on the course. These methods will include an assignment and a skills demonstration. Work experience does not apply to this course.

Full Award
QQI Maternity Care  Support Level 5 Minor Award (Code: 5N3746)

Credit Value: 15 ECTS

Final Grading:
Pass 50%- 64%  /  Merit 65%-79%  /  Distinction 80%-100% 

Career & Progression

On successful completion of the QQI Maternity Care Support Level 5 (5N3746) Minor Award, learners can combine this with the Healthcare Support or the Nursing Studies Level 5 Major Awards which will qualify them to seek employment in a Hospital or as a Healthcare Assistant for work in a Maternity Care facility.

Payment Plan

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €75 applies.

The outstanding balance can be paid in full before the course starts or split into 2 instalments if necessary.

Full Course Fee: €595 (Inc Exam Fee)

Payment Plan

Deposit: €75
1st Instalment: €260 26/08/22
2nd Instalment: €260 26/09/22

Timetable

Click here to access the provisional timetable for September intake.

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