Upcoming Programmes in Neonatal Update for Midwives

30 November Nov

Neonatal Update for Midwives

30 November 2017, 08:00AM to 04:15PM
Rotunda Eduction Centre, Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square, D01 P5W9

NMBI Category-1 Approved Programme. CEUs=7

Programme Summary:

This Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme aims to ensure the continuing competence of practising midwives…

• To avoid/minimise occurrence of certain neonatal conditions (e.g. hypothermia/jaundice/hypoglycaemia/infection) through recognition of risk factors and initiation of preventative care strategies, plus individualised infant care advice to the mother

• to identify signs/symptoms of conditions that may threaten infant well-being

• to initiate prompt, appropriate treatment and

• to ensure early involvement of the relevant members of the multidisciplinary team

• to promote reflection upon, evaluate, then identify strategies to audit/improve midwifery care practices for neonates in their respective clinical workplaces

Programme Philosophy

Nurses and midwives have a duty to maintain and improve their knowledge and update their clinical practice.The Centre for Midwifery Education is built on a commitment to the professional development of nursing/midwifery staff,   advancing nursing / midwifery  science, practice and education.

The emphasis of this programme is on the integration of theory to clinical practice.

Programme Rationale:

This Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme aims to ensure the continuing competence of practising midwives to care for neonates who may become unwell or develop conditions that may threaten infant well-being if prompt treatment is not initiated.

“The scope of practice of the individual midwife is influenced by a number of factors including: the practice setting; local guidelines, polices and evidence base; the midwife’s educational preparation, experience and competence; collaborative practice; and other factors, such as the woman and baby’s safety, their needs and care outcomes" (NMBI Scope of Nursing & Midwifery Practice 2015).

Midwives who work in a tertiary-level maternity unit will regularly care for infants of women with high-risk pregnancies. The indicative content of this programme has been developed to enhance specific areas of midwifery practice, knowledge and competence related to the care of those infants at increased risk of becoming unwell in the early neonatal period.

Programme Aim:

Ideally, the midwife caring for a low-risk, healthy mother and her infant will  “advise her [the mother] on infant care so that the baby makes the best possible progress” (NMBI Practice Standards for Midwives 2015, pg.11).

This Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme aims to promote the midwifery values of collaboration, and empowerment of each woman to care for her infant, whilst ensuring the early detection and appropriate midwifery/medical care of infants who present with conditions/complications in the early neonatal period that threaten infant well-being.

Learning Outcomes:

The overriding objective of this Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme is to provide midwives with up-to-date guidance that enables the midwife to initiate appropriate care of neonates who become unwell/require certain treatments in the early neonatal period, and involve the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team in a timely fashion.

This up-to-date guidance will be based upon national and international PPPGs, whilst encouraging midwives to be cognisant of local PPPGs in their respective areas of clinical practice.

A concurrent objective of this Neonatal Update for Midwives is to encourage the midwives attending to reflect upon both their own practice, and the local policies shaping their clinical practice. Attendees will be encouraged through discussion, case studies and Q&A to identify opportunities to audit and improve/update those relevant policies and midwifery practices in their respective clinical workplaces.

Indicative content:


  • Jaundice Management on the Postnatal Ward

  • Feeding Issues: Weight gain, Fluid Requirements;

    Expressing Breast Milk for the NICU Baby

  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Management on the Postnatal Ward

  • Differentiating seizure activity versus jitteriness in the neonate

  • Neonatal Sepsis: Recognising the Sick Infant on the Postnatal Ward

  • Hypoglycaemia: Physiology and Practice Issues

  • Thermal management: Practice Issues

*Content may alter as feedback from evaluations, plus input from Practice Development Units used to formulate desired learning outcomes.

Mode of Delivery: Presentations, Discussions, Q&A, Videos

Programme Evaluations:Feedback from participants is important in order to continually inform quality development and learner needs.

Target Audience: Registered Midwives working in the Delivery Suite /Postnatal wards / on rotation

Programme Coordinator: Charmaine Scallan 014085525 cscallan@coombe.ie or cme@coombe.ie