Maternity Critical Care

This module has been developed to meet the needs of rapidly changing maternity and critical care services. Nationally, maternity services are currently facing many new challenges that have resulted in an increase for the need of high-risk antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal services, including critical care. Midwives need to continually develop and expand their skills to maintain knowledge and awareness of, and a prompt response to, the acutely ill woman. This module will enable midwives to have greater understanding of the importance of communication, team working and evidence-based knowledge which will facilitate continuing professional development. 
Module Code MW6026
Level 6
Credits 20
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are to: 
  • Facilitate the application of an evidence-based approach in the planning of care and the application of theory to practice with professional accountability. 
  • Develop midwives’ knowledge and skills to deliver effective evidence based theory that contributes to the provision of safe, efficient women-centred care.
By the end of the module, you will be able to:
  • Recognise seriously ill women and the appropriate response to complex conditions, sepsis and shock.
  • Explore levels of critical care and implications for maternity service users within regional and national drivers that shaped the development of maternal critical care.
  • Discuss contemporary issues in critical care comprising risk management, governance and clinical guidelines and relevant research, including Mothers and Babies Reducing Risk through Audit and Confidential Enquires (MBRRACE-UK). 
  • Consider ethical and legal issues in relation to care of the critically ill woman and her family. Discuss problem solving, decision making and information giving in the context of care, compassion, courage, competence, communication and commitment. 
  • Identify strategies relating to professionalism and leadership skills in effective communication and teamwork, developing self-awareness, reflective skills, construction of interprofessional relationships and the provision of safe, women-centred care.  
KSF – Core Dimensions 
This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity
For further information on the module,
please contact:
For application information,
please contact:
Karen Lunt
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Riverside Campus
Castle Drive
Chester CH1 1SL
T: 01244 512272
Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ
T: 01244 511000