Module code NU568 - January (PFC5)

The High Dependency in Midwifery module aims to provide midwives with the specialised clinical knowledge to become effective practitioner’s in caring for clients with complex maternity needs in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Building upon existing knowledge and practical skills, this module seeks to enable practitioners to enhance the development of critical thinking skills to provide evidence based care for women who require high dependency support.

The module is delivered using adult and blended learning strategies including (2 days workshops) that will focus on peer group teaching and learning and it is delivered over 12 weeks. The module is comprised of five units:

Unit 1: High Dependency Care in context.
Unit 2: Principles of haemodynamic and respiratory monitoring in the midwifery client.
Unit 3:  Medical complications of pregnancy 1: Diabetic disorders; Haematological complications; Septic shock.
Unit 4: Medical complications of pregnancy 2: Cardiac disease; Hypertensive disorders; Liver disorders of pregnancy.
Unit 5: Professional Issues in Midwifery Care and real-life case studies.

 Target Market 

This module welcomes applications from midwives.  


  • Students are required to provide a letter from the Director of Midwifery stating that they will be supported during the module.
  • Applicants must be registered midwife currently working in an Irish primary care setting.

For further information about the module please click on the  High Dependency Maternity Care flyer.

How to Apply


For further details contact:

Mari Moran (Wednesday & Friday)‌‌
School of Nursing & Midwifery 
University of Galway