Course Details

Course Code(s):
Course Start Date:
Spring 2025
One Semester (12 Weeks)
University Certificate of Study
Faculty: Education and Health Sciences
Course Type: Professional/Flexible
Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Name: Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Address: Faculty of Education & Health Sciences Email: Telephone: +353 61 202271

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Brief Description

This course qualifies for 50% funding under the HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy. Check fees section for details and eligibility. Please Note: Applicants may only apply for and receive, one subsidised course per semester.

Please ensure you enter the Module Code below when applying for this MicroCred. Applications without this cannot be processed.

You may apply for more than one MicroCred under the same application.

Module Description

Module Code

NFQ Level

ECTS Credits

Start Date


Perinatal Bereavement and Loss 





€800 - EU

€1,500 - Non-EU

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are: 

Please see Postgraduate description on the website. The aim of this module is to facilitate midwives and other health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families experiencing pregnancy loss or perinatal death. The quality of perinatal bereavement care delivered during the parents grieving journey can have long-lasting consequences. It may have a significant impact in shaping their healing process and may directly influence how they cope following their baby's death.

The module is designed to facilitate all health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families (National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death 2016) and to explore the evolving healthcare environment in providing a caring, compassionate, person centred approach in leading and managing practice development. CPE Modules on Website

The module provides midwives and health care professionals with a comprehensive understanding of perinatal bereavement and care. Scope of perinatal grief and various theories of grief. Critical exploration of effective compassionate care following pregnancy loss and perinatal death and loss associated with infertility. Appraisal of compassionate and evidence based perinatal bereavement care for parents.

Professional skills development to work more effectively with bereaved families. Insight into the parents grieving journey and consequences, both positive and negative. Factors that significantly impact on shaping their healing process. Support for families considering subsequent pregnancy after a perinatal loss. Perinatal death and its effects on health care professionals and the importance of adequate support. Exploration of evidence based perinatal palliative care.

Learning outcomes:

  • Critically discuss the scope of perinatal grief and various theories of grief. 
  • Develop specific communication skills in relation to perinatal bereavement and loss to create a shared compassionate space with bereaved parents and families including the skills of breaking bad news.
  • Critically explore the impact of fostering effective compassionate relational care with bereaved parents, their families, colleagues and health care teams.
  • Critically explore the supports for families considering subsequent pregnancy after a perinatal loss.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the need for effective support mechanisms to build staff resilience in their role as facilitators of compassionate bereavement support.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.
  • A recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration with their relevant regulatory professional body e.g., CORU, NMBI, PHECC.

Entry requirements are established to ensure the learner can engage with the course material and assessments, at a level suitable to their needs, and the academic requirements of the module. By applying to this micro-credential, you are confirming that you have reviewed and understand any such requirements, and that you meet the eligibility criteria for admission.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

 €800 -  EU - €1,500 - Non-EU.

HCI Micro-Credential Course Learner Subsidy - Candidates who satisfy the eligibility criteria can qualify for 50% funding subject to the availability of places. Subsidy is applied on application. To clarify eligibility please go to Eligibility Criteria.

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