The Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme is designed to provide registered nurses with education and clinical practice experience in the art and science of midwifery. The programme is highly structured, and progressive, building on the knowledge and experience you have already gained as a registered nurse, and helping you to adapt your skills to the maternity care environment. When you commence the programme you are initially prepared with foundational midwifery modules which provide you with a firm base for further development. Subsequent modules enhance your knowledge, confidence and clinical practice abilities. During the programme you also learn about the wider social, regulatory and quality assurance dimensions of maternity care, the place of research in developing a quality service, how to provide safe and effective midwifery care, working collaboratively and effectively in teams, and the importance of developing good communication and interpersonal skills in order to work effectively in partnership with women and their partners during the maternity care cycle.
The programme is fully modularised and semesterised. When you commence the programme, you are provided with the sequence of theory and clinical practice for the duration of the programme. All theory modules are provided in UCD, and a variety of teaching and learning strategies are used, such as lectures, group work, simulation and tutorials, which enable you to link knowledge and practice. A variety of module assessment strategies are employed, to cater for different learning styles.
The following modules are provided during the programme, enabling you to develop the knowledge and skills required to become a safe and effective Registered Midwife at the end of the programme.
- Physiology and Psychology applied to Midwifery Practice 9
- Midwifery Practice Part A
- Midwifery Practice Part B
- Midwifery Clinical Placement Part A
- Midwifery Clinical Placement Part B
- Complications in Childbearing, Parts A and B
- Promoting Health in Midwifery Practice
- Research Methods in Midwifery Practice
- Professional Midwifery Practice
- Specialist Midwifery Clinical Placement
- Complications in Childbearing, Part C
- Care of the Sick Neonate
- Promoting Normal Birth
- Midwifery Clinical Placement Part C