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 will meet the learn­ing needs of the remote and iso­lat­ed health work­force (Nurs­es, non-prac­tis­ing mid­wives, Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Health Workers/​Practitioners, Para­medics and Med­ical Officers).

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)

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.

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"Thank you, you have given me a good basis in managing birth in the non-birthing site where I work.
I will be highly recommending this course to my colleagues. Well worth it and great experience! Thank you for an inspiring & educational weekend?

Course Participant, Albany, WA