MEC - Maternity Emergency Care

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About this Course

  • Does the sight of a pregnant woman in your clinic make you nervous?
  • Would you know what to do if a pregnant woman presented at your clinic/hospital in labour and no midwife was available?

The Maternity Emergency Care (MEC) course is designed to enable the health workforce to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency care for pregnant, birthing and immediately postnatal women, and their babies.

CRANAplus encourages participants to apply the knowledge and skills learnt within the context of the policies of the employing health service and within each individual’s own scope of practice.

Who is this course for?

The MEC course is designed to meet the learning needs of the remote and isolated health workforce (Nurses, non practising Midwives, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Workers/Practitioners, Paramedics, and Medical Officers) who may be required to provide emergency maternity care.

Please refer to the Midwifery Upskilling course if you are a current midwife or GP Obstetrician.

If you have any queries about the course or its relevance to your practice, submit an enquiry here.

Course Deliv­ery

The CRANAplus Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care course con­sists of the fol­low­ing components. 

  • Online pre-course learn­ing and assess­ments that must be com­plet­ed one week before the course 
    • Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care Man­u­al and assess­ment — approx. 4 hours of study 
    • Cul­tur­al Con­sid­er­a­tions in Mater­ni­ty Care read­ings and assess­ment — approx. 1 hour of study
  • Atten­dance at a two and a half day work­shop con­sist­ing of lec­tures, skill sta­tions and prac­ti­cal based scenarios.
  • An on-course mul­ti­ple-choice quiz
  • Two indi­vid­ual sce­nario based clin­i­cal skills assessments

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, clin­i­cians will be able to:

  • Demon­strate the prin­ci­ples of unplanned or emer­gency man­age­ment of a preg­nant & labour­ing woman and care imme­di­ate­ly after childbirth.
  • Assess and man­age to the fol­low­ing mater­nal and neona­tal complications: 
    • Pre-term labour
    • Bleed­ing in pregnancy 
    • Dia­betes
    • Hyper­ten­sion
    • Pre-eclam­p­sia
    • Mater­nal trau­ma, dete­ri­o­ra­tion and resuscitation
    • Neona­tal Resuscitation
    • Post par­tum haemorrhage

Fam­i­ly Vio­lence and Peri­na­tal Men­tal Health are also dis­cussed

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion par­tic­i­pants will be awarded:

  • A CRANAplus Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care Cer­tifi­cate (Valid for 3 years)