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Professional Maternity Care Support Course (QQI Level 5 Minor Award)

Awarded by
QQI Level 5
7 Weeks Duration
Friday: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Start / End Dates
18/10/2024 - 22/11/24
Face-to-Face Classes
€595 (Inc Exam Fee)
Deposit €75

How does this Maternity Care Course benefit your career?

Prepare for a fulfilling career in maternity care with our specialized course, offering comprehensive training and expertise to support expectant mothers and their families throughout the childbirth journey..

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?

This Maternity Care programme 7 weeks duration is a valuable investment in your professional development, leading to increased job opportunities, career advancement, CV-enhancing qualifications, and improved earning potential.  If you have any questions please contact our professional courses advisor at [email protected].

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What learning experience will this course offer you?

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 and student-centered learning environment with a professional Midwife, who will support, mentor and guide you through your understanding of maternity care support.

Students will experience demonstrations using real-life specialist equipment, including a hospital bed, baby cot, hospital trolley, drip and many others.

First Day

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.

Second Day

Day 2

  • Common admissions to ante natal ward, labor 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.

Third Day

Day 3

  • Discussed Mother and Infant Care Scheme and maternity leave.
  • The impact of prematurity and babies with congenital abnormalities.
  • Coping with pregnancy loss in miscarriage, stillbirth, and neonatal death.
  • Breast and bottle feeding and the role of the care attendant in this.
  • WHO regulations regarding infant feeding.

Fourth Day

Day 4

  • 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.
  • Clinical incident reporting.
  • Showed videos related to skills demonstrations.

Fifth & Sixth Day

Day 5

  • Skills demonstrations.
  • Skills assignments given to students.
  • Students practise skills.

Day 6

  • Students carry out skill assignments and self-evaluation sheets.

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.

How to Apply

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

The Application Steps

  • Submit the online application form.
  • Upload your photo ID.
  • Pay the minimum deposit of €75.

Requirements include

  • Photo ID (Passport, Driving Licence etc.).
  • Competence in spoken and written English

After completing this, our team will contact you to arrange a short online interview to ensure you are suitable for this programme.

Our course Advisor can be contact at: [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 installments if necessary.

Full Course Fee: €595 (Inc Exam Fee)

Payment Plan

Deposit: €75 This secures your place on the course
1st Instalment: €260 14/03/24
2nd Instalment: €260 11/04/24


Click here to access the provisional timetable for this programme.

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