This midwifery course offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments in group care provision and is facilitated by clinical and academic experts who are researching and working with this area.
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- Duration: 9 days
- Time: to
- Fees: £1,050
(£1,575 for overseas students)
• Attendance only: students pay 75% of the full price = £790
- Course credits: 15
- Course code: APM043
- Location: Northampton Square
- Application deadline:
Advancing Midwifery Practice: Facilitating Group Antenatal Care Course overview
Learn quickly in an intensive summer-school environment.
During this course, you will engage in a range of experiential, interactive and participatory learning activities. By completing this immersive and stimulating learning, you will gain the skills necessary to critically evaluate your ability to create a safe environment for the facilitation of inclusive and empowering group maternity care.
This course is primarily designed for registered midwives. However, the course may be of value to other health professionals, educators and therapists interested in developing their group facilitation skills.
This course can also be taken as a module as part of the Enhanced Maternity Care MSc and the Global Maternal Health MSc.
Who is it for?
This course is for maternal health professionals who:
- want to update and improve their maternity care practice
- are interested in the research on group maternity care facilitation
- are committed to empowering women during pregnancy
- are passionate about tackling maternal health inequality
The module entails four contact days at City, University of London in Clerkenwell and will run as an intensive course in:
- 11-19 July 2023.
This is the only course of its kind offering you both practical and theoretical understanding of how to facilitate group maternal care.
Experts in different aspects of group care from outside City will also be invited to facilitate as part of the course.
This short course module is designed to be flexible in allowing you to study and reach your goals at your own pace. Our health CPD courses are credit-bearing modules that contribute to a University degree or award.
Transfer course credits towards postgraduate taught degree
As a health care professional, once you've completed this course you could offset 15 credits as part of a postgraduate programme, continuing your study with further modules to make up a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) 60 credits, Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) 120 credits or Master of Science (MSc) 180 credits qualification (all credits must be awarded within five years of study commencing).
This course is worth 15 credits
This course can be used a module, contributing to a University degree or award.
Find a list of degrees this module can contribute towards:
What will I learn?
Working with groups requires specific skills, including managing relationships in a group setting, facilitation of teamwork and teambuilding, the development of others and the building of robust social networks with women.
The benefits of the acquisition of this skillset apply to a range of situations including but not restricted to: the development of more group-based and inclusive models of antenatal and postnatal care, the provision of antenatal education, working within a multi-disciplinary professional team, fostering effective team working, and enhancing leadership skills.
By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Work effectively as part of a group
- Facilitate team building and teamwork
- Develop and empower others
- Organise group antenatal and postnatal care
- Problem solve and manage group dynamics with compassion and efficiency
- Seamlessly integrate clinical, social support and education
- Enhance women’s social capital through the building of robust social networks
- Support vulnerable women through inclusivity
- Understand the impact of peer support and service-user empowerment on social and clinical outcomes in maternity
Assessment and certificates
Successful completion of this course requires students to complete all three components of the summative assessment.
Component 1: Observed facilitation of an inclusive group. 50 % of the mark
Component 2: Partake in grading of peers’ groups facilitation sessions. Pass/Fail
Component 3: Write a 2,500-word written reflective account describing your experience of being part of the group and your experience of group facilitation. 50% of mark
On successful completion of all three components of the assessment, you will be awarded 15 level 7 credits. These credits can be put towards a PGCert or MSc in Midwifery at City, University of London.
In addition, on completion of four out of the five study days, all students will receive a certificate as proof of completion. This evidence can be used towards your NMC revalidation
This course is worth 15 credits toward eligible programmes.
Non-EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone course.
Applicants would normally be expected to have been practicing in maternity care for a minimum of one year.
If your first language is not English, one of the following is required:
- A first degree from a UK university
- A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City, University of London as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions from Australia, Canada or the United States of America.
- International English Language Test Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest below 7.0
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
- TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking
- Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned, including registration with your professional regulator.
Sharma, J., O’Connor, M. and Jolivet, R.R., 2018. Group antenatal care models in low-and middle-income countries: a systematic evidence synthesis. Reproductive health, 15(1), p.38.
Catling, C.J., Medley, N., Foureur, M., Ryan, C., Leap, N., Teate, A. and Homer, C.S., 2015. Group versus conventional antenatal care for women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2).
Hunter, L.J., Da Motta, G., McCourt, C., Wiseman, O., Rayment, J.L., Haora, P., Wiggins, M. and Harden, A., 2019. Better together: A qualitative exploration of women’s perceptions and experiences of group antenatal care. Women and Birth, 32(4), pp.336-345.