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Maternity Care Support

Type of Course
QQI Level 5
Course Duration
6 Weeks - Classes 1 Day per Week
14/05/21 - 25/06/21
Day & Time
Friday: 09.30 - 17.00
Hybrid Classes
Live Online + 1 day Workshop
Course Fees
To secure a place on this course a deposit of €75.00 applies. Flexible Payment Terms available - see details on page below. The course will be delivered live online with learners attending one day for practical demonstrations.

Why take this course?

  • Are you interested in achieve 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 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 guide you through the skills, knowledge and understanding of maternity care support.

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

Programme Modules

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.
  • Discussed all points in the handout.
  • Question 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

Day 4

  • Discussed security measures and infection control in 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 Ourcomes

At the end of the course you will:

  • Understand health and safety issues in maternity care to include infection prevention and control. 
  • Keep equipment, beds etc. clean in accordance with hospital policy. 
  • Treat all clients with dignity and respect
  • Understand their needs and be aware of any special circumstances relating to individual clients.  
  • Ensure clients receive consistent information.  
  • Keep information consistent and to refer client to a more senior member of staff where appropriate. 
  • Learn how to assist mothers during ante partum, intra partum and post partum stages. 
  • Assist mothers in caring for themselves and their babies 
  • Understand how to prepare for everyday tasks that you will be required to perform and execute efficiently.  
  • Have a good knowledge of hand washing techniques and the reasons for this. 
  • Understand the importance of keeping the area around mother and baby free from clutter. 

Maternity Care Support

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 2020

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 you to seek employment in a Hospital or as a Healthcare Assistant for work in a Maternity Care facility.

On successful completion of the Maternity Care Support course you will gain the QQI  Maternity Care Support Level 5 (Minor Award).    

When combined with the Healthcare Support or the Nursing Studies Major Awards you can seek employment as a Healthcare Assistant for work in a Maternity Care facility.  

Please Note: 

  • This module does not qualify to work in a Maternity Care facility unless you also have the Nursing Studies or Healthcare Assistant Level 5 Major Award.
  • This module does not include work experience.  

The Institutes of Technology and Technical Universities operate a Higher Education Links Scheme to their undergraduate courses in Nursing and Midwifery for applicants with QQI Level 5 qualifications in Nursing Studies and or Healthcare Support.

Flexible Payment Terms

To secure a place on this course a non-refundable deposit of €75.00 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

Payment Plan

Deposit:€75.00 Secures your Place on the Course
1st Instalment:  €260.00 07/05/21
2nd Instalment: €260.00 14/06/21
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