Maternal Critical Care

£140 for full day of training, including lunch, tea and coffee.
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Maternal Critical Care
  • Dr Audrey Quinn
    BIRTH2 Course Director - Maternal Critical Care

Course Outline

Childbirth is a huge event for mothers, very few have significant complications during pregnancy, labour, and in the post-partum period; however, if they do become unwell they need to receive the same standard of care as patients that are not pregnant.  In the most recent Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Death report there were 261 maternal deaths from 2006–2008 from causes directly or indirectly related to pregnancy.

Complementary to this, in 2007 there were 513 women pregnant or recently pregnant women admitted (260/100,000). Of the 418 recently pregnant, there was an obstetric reason for the admission (72%). Eighty percent had a live birth and 65% of their babies were not admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit.

Aim of the Course
  • To learn the principles of good teamwork in caring for the sick mother with critical illness
Objectives of the Course
  • To be aware of the standards required from staff managing the unwell mother with acute or chronic disease in pregnancy
  • To be aware of human factors impeding good obstetric care with a deteriorating patient
  • To assist as part of the team management of a typical scenario of deterioration and critical illness as a simulated scenario
  • To participate in the multi-disciplinary team providing acute care in the trauma in pregnancy situation
Relevant For

This course is relevant for obstetricians, midwives, anaesthetists and intensive care clinicians (e.g. nurses and clinicians involved with the critical care of an obstetric patient).


This one-day course is a multi-disciplinary approach to maternal critical care featuring:

  • Preliminary lectures outlining UK maternity standards in maternal critical care, trauma care and human factors training
  • Practical sessions with multi-disciplinary faculty in simulated MCC scenario, case based MCC discussions and resuscitation
  • Group discussions through MCQ/EMQs with faculty of general MCC topics

88% rated quality of education as ‘Very Good‘ or ‘Excellent

85% of delegates reported an effective influence on practice

93% reported that they would consider or intended to modify practice after seeking more information