NMHS43790 Maternal Critical Care

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed to meet the needs of maternity staff practicing in Obstetrics and Gynecological critical care. The aim of this module is to equip maternity staff with the necessary skills and knowledge to provide critical maternity care. The module content will provide a strong theoretical and practical grounding that will enable practitioners to develop an analytical approach to clinical decision-making. Teaching approaches will facilitate candidate’s capacity to enhance their critical thinking capability, in order to provide enhanced maternity care services.

The module content is based on a multidisciplinary team-based approach, and in view of this teaching and assessment will be delivered by obstetricians, anesthetists, midwives and nursing professionals.
The module is presented over two academic trimesters. In Autumn, students study the conditions that give rise to critical illness, rapid deterioration and emergencies in pregnancy and the puerperium, including underlying pathophysiology. The focus will be on major systems and on the care and management for women with cardiac, neurological, respiratory, hematological, renal, hepatic and other medical conditions in pregnancy and the puerperium. The aim is to develop and build on practitioners’ clinical reasoning and judgment skills that are required to assist in prompt clinical decision-making, supporting the immediate and ongoing management of the critically ill woman. In Spring, students will undertake theoretical instruction & clinical instruction, in the skills laboratory.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the student will be able to:
• Identify specific health issues in pregnancy and the puerperium that gives rise to critical illness and emergencies.
• Discuss the underlying pathophysiology of obstetric and related conditions that result in critical illness in pregnancy and the
• Critically analyze the association of clinical presentations, including early-warning scores, and the underlying
pathophysiology that results in critical illness and emergencies in pregnancy and the puerperium
• Illustrate the medical management and specific midwifery and nursing interventions of identified conditions requiring high
dependency care.
• Conduct a skilled clinical assessment, supported by appropriate technology, of the woman presenting with rapid
deterioration and critical illness in pregnancy and the puerperium.
• Conduct clinical evaluations of managed cases, report findings and present case study reports to peers and other
multidisciplinary team members
• Value and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the care and management of women who experience critical illness in
in pregnancy and the puerperium.
• Value shared decision making in the care of critically ill women in maternity care.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Teaching and learning methods focus on practitioner-centered approaches and reflect adult learning principles. Blended learning strategies are complemented by a variety of student-centered methods, such as active learning, and clinical case discussions. Face to face interactive lectures by experts in the field of Maternal Critical Care assist in the consolidation of this knowledge.
Teaching methods to enhance clinical competencies are undertaken via instruction in the clinical skills laboratory, using a variety of methods, such as simulation exercises, demonstrations, role play, and role modelling. Learning is also promoted by enabling students to reflect on their practice and by providing feedback from observations of their skills by peers and academic staff.
In order to promote learning through reflection on experience, and to promote the integration of theory and practice, case study approaches are also employed.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: A flow chart (50%) and a video presentation (50%) on a choice of three topics will be offered to the student. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes


Examination: End of Trimester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Alternative non-linear conversion grade scale 50% Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Dr Aoife Claire MacCormac Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Katie Wedgeworth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Aoife Claire MacCormac Tutor