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Maternity Care Support

Awarded by
QQI Level 5
7 Weeks
Friday: 09.30 am - 05.30 pm
Start / End Date
25/02/22 - 08/04/22
Live Online Course + 1 Practical Class
10% discount available on the full price for eligible students whom pay a minimum deposit of €75 to secure their place on this course. From €595 to €535.50. Flexible Payment Terms available on the page below.

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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

An interest in working as a care assistant in a maternity hospital or to gain an understanding of the Nurse Midwife role.

The Maternity Care Support Course requires students to attend one day for practical demonstrations. This will be arranged by the Teacher with each student. 

The Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of all elements of the course.

Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning combines face-to-face instruction with live online learning. In the context of the coronavirus school re-openings, a hybrid model reduces the number of students in the building, by moving some of the course delivery online.

You will be in a bubble:
Hybrid Learning September 2021

Dorset College continues to adhere to the government’s guidelines on protective measures required to be in place in order to combat the COVID-19.  These protective measures mean that our classes will now be delivered through a Hybrid model as outlined above.

The Maternity Care Support Course requires students to attend one day for practical demonstrations.

This will be arranged by the Teacher with each student.

The Certificate will be awarded on successful completion of all elements of the course.

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.

QQI/FET Maternity Care  Support Level 5 Minor Award (Code: 5N3746)
Awarded by: QQI Quality and Qualifications Ireland 

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.

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €75 applies and the remainder paid in instalments. You have the flexibility of using our online payment facility to manage your course payments at any time, from the comfort of your own home.

Pay Online

Full Course Fee: €595 (Exam Fee)
Discounted Fee: €595 - 10% = €535.50

Payment Plan (Inclusive) 

Deposit: €75
1st Instalment: €260 18/02/22
2nd Instalment: €260 18/03/22
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