Registration:
Early Bird: thru 2-29
Standard: 4-12

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Conference
& Skill Suites

The Midwives College of Utah is proud to offer you an enriching and brand new conference experience: Birthing Excellence: Conference & Skill Suites by MCU! Our conference is designed to help you focus on mastering midwifery skills through hands-on training and feedback from experts in the field. Curated by MCU’s clinical experts, our conference is organized by skill level and skill sets informed by both the PSGM skills guidelines and MEAC clinical competencies.

Our skill suite instructors are all preceptors trained and approved by MEAC. Topics are broken down into different skill categories allowing you to focus on the skills that best serve you.

Join us from April 22-29, 2024 at the Chase Mill at the Tracy Aviary in Liberty Park

FAQ:

Q) Do I need to be an MCU student to attend?
A) No, this event is open to the larger birth community.

Q) How do I register for more than one class at a time?
A) Visit our square storefront directly: All Conference Workshops

Anticipated Workshop Schedule & Registration:

Disclaimer: The topics listed for this conference are subject to variation based on instructor availability and expertise. Additionally, workshops may be cancelled due to low registration numbers or unforeseen circumstances. We strive to provide the best content possible but cannot guarantee the availability of all listed sessions. Thank you for your understanding. Please email Masha Mesyef with any questions regarding the conference: conference@midwifery.edu

Day 1  – Monday Apr 22

IV Skills

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond

Learn and practice the basics of IV placement. Skills listed here will be taught, practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the PSGM if desired.

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $70 | Standard Registration: $80

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8:00am – 11:00am

Non Stress Tests

In “Non-Stress Tests,” we delve into the significance and intricacies of non-stress testing (NST) for monitoring fetal well-being. This workshop will discuss when and why NST is recommended, fetal heart rate patterns, test interpretation, equipment used and factors that may affect test results, interprofessional collaboration, communicating NST results and fostering informed decision-making

Registration information and details coming soon!

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8:00am – 10:00am

Marketing for Birth Professionals

Embark on a journey to elevate your practice through effective marketing strategies tailored for midwives and doulas. In this workshop, we’ll delve into the dynamic world of maternal marketing, equipping you with the tools and knowledge to build a strong online presence, connect with your community, and attract the clients you desire. Whether you’re an experienced practitioner or just starting your career, this workshop promises valuable insights to enhance your marketing prowess.

Pending MEAC CEU approval

Early Bird: $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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10:15pm – 12:15pm

Assessment in focus: Pelvic Exams/Paps & STI Testing

Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond

Learn best practices for reproductive organ and bladder care, including pap spears, gynecological cultures, bladder catheterization, STI screening, pelvimetry and microscope analysis of vaginal smears. Some of these are pregnancy related, and some are more commonly done outside pregnancy. Skills listed here may be taught, practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the PSGM if desired.

Early Bird: $100 | Standard Registration: $115

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1:15pm – 5:30pm

Screening for Postpartum Mood Disorders

In this two-hour session, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of identifying, assessing, and supporting individuals experiencing postpartum mood disorders (PPMD), including types of mood disorders, commonly used screening tools, risk factors and warning signs, communication with clients, collaborating with mental health professionals, and self-care for birthworkers

Pending MEAC CEU approval

Early Bird: $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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1:15pm – 3:15pm

Assessment in focus: Physical Exams for all ages

Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond

This hands-on workshop will prepare students to perform a complete physical exam of an adult (except pelvic exam) or newborn. Skills listed here may be reviewed, practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the adult exam skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the MCU Skills Competencies checklist or in the PSGM if desired (note: newborn physical exam skills cannot be signed off via this workshop).

Early Bird: $75 | Standard Registration: $90

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6:30pm - 9:00pm

Midwifery and AI

Embark on a forward-thinking exploration at the intersection of traditional midwifery practices and cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. In this illuminating workshop, crafted for certified professional midwives and birth professionals, we delve into how AI can complement and enhance midwifery care. Join us for a two-hour session that explores the potential applications, challenges, and ethical considerations of integrating AI into the practice of midwifery.

Pending MEAC CEU approval

Early bird $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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6:30pm – 9:00pm

Day 2  – Tuesday, Apr 23

Midwife’s Assistant

Appropriate for all phases

Midwife’s Assistant Skill Suite is a workshop specifically designed to introduce the attendee to the skills, knowledge, and practices needed to assist a midwife, birthing persons, and babies. The course will focus on a safe birthing environment, hands-on skills of a midwife’s assistant, as well as an introduction to HIPAA guidelines. Whether you’re considering becoming a midwife, are a doula interested in expanding your support to midwife assisting, or just looking to explore the field, sign up today. Skill taught may include:

Vital signs
Client Communication
Evaluating fetal heart tones
Universal Precautions
Gloving and ungloving
Sterile technique
HIPAA/Client privacy
Charting

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $100 | Standard Registration: $115

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8:00am – 5:00pm

Assessment in Focus: Labor & Birth Complications Instruction

But what if something goes wrong at the birth? Parents ask it, and midwives and student midwives want to be ready to handle complications. Make sure you’re prepared for managing shoulder dystocia, nuchal hand or cord, abnormal fetal heart tones, vaginal bleeding in labor, abdominal pain in labor, cord prolapse, meconium-stained amniotic fluid, and other unexpected events in this intensive, hands-on workshop.

Skills rubric coming soon!

Early Bird: $145 | Standard Registration: $170

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8:00am – 3:15pm

Thyroid Harmony: Understanding Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy

“Thyroid Harmony: Understanding Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy” is a comprehensive two-hour session designed to enhance your knowledge of hypothyroidism and equip you with practical skills to support individuals navigating pregnancy with thyroid conditions.

Pending MEAC CEU approval

Early Bird: $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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8:00am – 10:00am

Healthy Newborn with Screening

Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond

Caring for babies is fun! This hands-on workshop goes over newborn exams (initial and routine) as well as gestational age assessment, newborn reflexes, metabolic screening and other newborn procedures. Skills listed here may be taught, practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the PSGM if desired.

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird Registration: $75 | Standard Registration: $80

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1:30pm – 5:30pm

Postpartum Complications

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives

What are you prepared for after the baby is born? Postpartum hemorrhage, shock, and retained placenta are covered in this hands-on workshop to make sure you’ll be ready. Skills listed here may be practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the PSGM if desired. Skills rubric coming soon!

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $125 | Standard Registration $150

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3:30pm – 9:00pm

Sterilization Techniques

Mastering Sterilization Techniques is a two-hour session dedicated to equipping you with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure a safe environment for birth-related procedures. Join us as we explore best practices, guidelines, and hands-on techniques in sterilization techniques, fostering excellence in infection prevention and control.

Skills may include:

Sterilization Techniques
Infection Prevention in Birth
Aseptic Techniques for Birth Professionals
Instrument Processing and Packaging
Sterility Assurance Monitoring
Personal Protective Equipment in Birth
Infection Control Guidelines
Hands-On Sterilization Practice
Birth Setting Safety
Best Practices in Sterilization

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird Registration: $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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6:30pm – 9:00pm

High Risk in Focus: Hypertensive Disorder

Hypertensive Disorders Identification and Referral” is a comprehensive two-hour session dedicated to deepening your understanding of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy including:

Essential hypertension
Gestational Hypertension, Preeclampsia, HELLP Syndrome
Emergency Response in Birth
Referral Protocols for Birth Professionals
Collaborating with Healthcare Providers
Support for High-Risk Pregnancies

Pending MEAC CEU approval

Early Bird: $45 | Standard Registration: $50

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6:30pm – 9:00pm

Day 3  – Wednesday Apr 24

CPR Certification: Basic Life Support

Appropriate for all skill levels.

Description and registration information coming soon!

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8:00am – 12:00pm

Venipuncture and Finger Pokes

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond

 

Mastering Venipuncture and Fingersticks in Maternal Care is a comprehensive 2 hour skill suite focusing on the art and technique of blood collection through venipuncture and fingersticks. Join us as we delve into best practices, pain management, and the critical role of blood sampling in enhancing maternal care. Skills rubric coming soon!

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $70 | Standard Registration: $80

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8:00am - 10:00am

Herbology

Appropriate for all skill levels. This course will take place at a different location.

This Skill Suites workshop is a hands-on approach to Herbology and birth work. The course provides an introduction to herbs for their healing power and uses in birthwork, making salves, tinctures and oils. Learn new skills, improve your botanical knowledge and support both your wellness and your clients! This course will partially take place outside and will involve making your own herbal formulations to take home. Please be prepared with proper footwear and weather appropriate attire/gear!

Registration info coming soon!

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9am – 5:00pm

Urinalysis

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond

Precision Care: Catheterization and Urinalysis Mastery in Maternal Health is a comprehensive two-hour session dedicated to refining your skills in urinary catheterization and conducting insightful urinalysis. Join us as we explore the importance of these procedures in maternal care and equip you with the expertise to provide precision care during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum.

Skills rubric coming soon!

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $65 | Standard Registration: $70

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10:15am – 12:15pm

Translating NRP to Out of Hospital Settings pt 1

Translating NRP Skills & Knowledge to Practice in Low-Resource Settings

REGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON

Marijke van Roojen, LM, CPM, MPH vanroojen@gmail.com 920-217-3526

Dear participant, I am looking forward to helping you gain practical knowledge in neonatal resuscitation, as well as engaging you in an exploration of the unique challenges and demands of NRP in a variety of practice settings!

This workshop will take place over the course of two days. The didactic section is scheduled for Wed, 4/24 from 1:15-5:15 and is a prerequisite for the skills portion of the class. | The practical skills portion will take place on Thurs, 4/25 from 1:15-5:15.

Continue reading under Additional Information:

Additional information
TEXT: Neonatal Resuscitation Program | NRP 8 th Edition

CEUS: 6.5 MEAC credit hours are available for $25 (payable on venmo to @marijkevanroojen), in addition to the NRP card.

ONLINE EXAMINATION: You will need to take the ADVANCED online exam before the class for the new 8 th edition of the NRP course with RQI Partners.

The cost of this exam goes directly to RQI partners and is $45.00.

Here is the link to the RQI Partners NRP Learning Platform:

https://nrplearningplatform.com/login

Please only Register for PART 1: e-learning online learning assessment. 

For Part 2, please do not register, I will register you to that course once you have  completed your online exam, which is a prerequisite for the in-person skills class. Part 1 includes 1) an online assessment of your thinking using the NRP algorithm, 2) a 35 question exam, and 3) you evaluation of Part 1. If you encounter any difficulties with the NRP learning platform, please go to RQI partners helpline: nrpsupport@rqipartners.com or for urgent issues please call (866) 293-1034

Once you have completed the online exam and completed the evaluation of Part 1, Please send your Part 1 certificate to vanroojen@gmail.com, prior to the class!

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS: If you have even the mildest symptoms that could be attributed to Covid-19, RSV, the flu or any other illness, please cancel. If you are in a vulnerable population, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so we can see if there is a better way to meet your NRP certification requirements. We can have a discussion at the beginning of class about wearing masks, which will focus on meeting the needs of those most vulnerable to illness.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PRACTICUM/SKILLS CHECK-OFF SESSION

  • Your own refreshments
  • Certificate of Completion for the online exam if you have not already emailed it
  • Please totally avoid wearing any scented products (including hair rinse, sprays, lotions)- many times we have participants (including me) who are allergic!

Thanks for your consideration.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please email me at vanroojen@gmail.com

If you need assistance the day of the class, please call or text me if it’s time sensitive: 920-217-3526. Warmly, Marijke

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1:15pm – 5:15pm

Vitals

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond

“Vital Insights: Mastering Comprehensive Vitals Assessment in Pregnancy Care” is a dynamic two-hour session focused on refining your skills in assessing and interpreting vital signs during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Join us as we delve into the significance of vital signs and equip you with the knowledge to provide thorough and attentive maternal care.

Skills rubric coming soon!

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $55 | Standard Registration: $65

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1:15m – 3:15pm

Midwifery Billing

Appropriate for All Phases

Description and registration information coming soon

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3:30pm - 5:30pm

Ceremony in the Childbearing Year

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3:30Pm – 5:30pm

Day 4  – Thursday Apr 25

Birth Doula Training Day 1

Appropriate for all skill levels. Must attend all 3 days to receive certification.

This intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a birthing person.
  • Demonstrate at least three prenatal and postpartum support skills.
  • Devise a plan to offer optimal support in a variety of labor situations.
  • Appraise personal values and their relationship to labor support.
  • Assess standards of practice and plan methods of business management.

This course offers the expertise of one of the leading doula trainers in the country. Kristi has trained over 2200 doulas throughout the world and will use years of experience, supplementary text, videos, hands-on practice, and role-play to teach the theory and practical skills of offering spiritual, physical, mental and emotional support to birthing families. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA).

First Day

  • Registration & Introductions
  • Birth – A transformation
  • The history of birth in the U.S.
  • What Is A Doula?
  • The Benefits of A Doula
  • The Prenatal Interview(s)
  • Creating a Plan to Communicate Preferences
  • Emotional Preparation and Education
  • Cultural Humility and Awareness
  • Intrapartum Support
  • Comfort Measures for Labor
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9am – 6:00pm

Suturing

Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond

This workshop covers basic suturing skills, evaluation of perineal lacerations, administration of local anesthetic, instrument knot-tying, and how to perform basic first and second degree perineal laceration repairs. You will have the opportunity to practice using key suturing instruments. You will perform simulations of first- and second-degree perineal repairs, as well as labial repairs. Skills listed below will be taught, practiced and evaluated in the workshop. Students who show competency in the skills can have them “signed off” by the instructor in the PSGM or on the MCU Skills Competencies list if desired.

Equipment and Supplies will be provided.

Early Bird: $145 | Standard Registration: $170

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8am – 1:00pm

Translating NRP to Out of Hospital Settings pt 2

Translating NRP Skills & Knowledge to Practice in Low-Resource Settings

REGISTRATION INFO COMING SOON

Marijke van Roojen, LM, CPM, MPH vanroojen@gmail.com 920-217-3526

Dear participant, I am looking forward to helping you gain practical knowledge in neonatal resuscitation, as well as engaging you in an exploration of the unique challenges and demands of NRP in a variety of practice settings!

This workshop will take place over the course of two days. The didactic section is scheduled for Wed, 4/24 from 1:15-5:15 and is a prerequisite for the skills portion of the class. | The practical skills portion will take place on Thurs, 4/25 from 1:15-5:15.

Continue reading under Additional Information:

Additional information
TEXT: Neonatal Resuscitation Program | NRP 8 th Edition

CEUS: 6.5 MEAC credit hours are available for $25 (payable on venmo to @marijkevanroojen), in addition to the NRP card.

ONLINE EXAMINATION: You will need to take the ADVANCED online exam before the class for the new 8 th edition of the NRP course with RQI Partners.

The cost of this exam goes directly to RQI partners and is $45.00.

Here is the link to the RQI Partners NRP Learning Platform:

https://nrplearningplatform.com/login

Please only Register for PART 1: e-learning online learning assessment. 

For Part 2, please do not register, I will register you to that course once you have  completed your online exam, which is a prerequisite for the in-person skills class. Part 1 includes 1) an online assessment of your thinking using the NRP algorithm, 2) a 35 question exam, and 3) you evaluation of Part 1. If you encounter any difficulties with the NRP learning platform, please go to RQI partners helpline: nrpsupport@rqipartners.com or for urgent issues please call (866) 293-1034

Once you have completed the online exam and completed the evaluation of Part 1, Please send your Part 1 certificate to vanroojen@gmail.com, prior to the class!

COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS: If you have even the mildest symptoms that could be attributed to Covid-19, RSV, the flu or any other illness, please cancel. If you are in a vulnerable population, please do not hesitate to reach out to me so we can see if there is a better way to meet your NRP certification requirements. We can have a discussion at the beginning of class about wearing masks, which will focus on meeting the needs of those most vulnerable to illness.

WHAT TO BRING TO THE PRACTICUM/SKILLS CHECK-OFF SESSION

  • Your own refreshments
  • Certificate of Completion for the online exam if you have not already emailed it
  • Please totally avoid wearing any scented products (including hair rinse, sprays, lotions)- many times we have participants (including me) who are allergic!

Thanks for your consideration.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please email me at vanroojen@gmail.com

If you need assistance the day of the class, please call or text me if it’s time sensitive: 920-217-3526. Warmly, Marijke

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1:15pm – 5:15pm

Day 5  – Friday Apr 26

Birth Doula Training Day 2

Appropriate for all skill levels. Must attend all 3 days to receive certification.

This intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a birthing person.
  • Demonstrate at least three prenatal and postpartum support skills.
  • Devise a plan to offer optimal support in a variety of labor situations.
  • Appraise personal values and their relationship to labor support.
  • Assess standards of practice and plan methods of business management.

This course offers the expertise of one of the leading doula trainers in the country. Kristi has trained over 2200 doulas throughout the world and will use years of experience, supplementary text, videos, hands-on practice, and role-play to teach the theory and practical skills of offering spiritual, physical, mental and emotional support to birthing families. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA).

Second Day

  • Review & Assessment
  • Racial Disparities
  • Comfort Measures Practice
  • Second Stage Overview
  • Challenging Labor Management
  • Routine Procedures: Epidurals, etc.
  • Cesarean & VBAC Support
  • Newborn Care & Breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Nurturing
  • Labor Scenarios and Role Play
  • Affirmations & Birth Journaling
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9am – 6:00pm

Day 6  – Saturday Apr 27

Birth Doula Training Day 3

Appropriate for all skill levels. Must attend all 3 days to receive certification.

This intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a birthing person.
  • Demonstrate at least three prenatal and postpartum support skills.
  • Devise a plan to offer optimal support in a variety of labor situations.
  • Appraise personal values and their relationship to labor support.
  • Assess standards of practice and plan methods of business management.

This course offers the expertise of one of the leading doula trainers in the country. Kristi has trained over 2200 doulas throughout the world and will use years of experience, supplementary text, videos, hands-on practice, and role-play to teach the theory and practical skills of offering spiritual, physical, mental and emotional support to birthing families. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA).

Third Day

  • Review & Assessment
  • Giving Support Through Loss
  • Developing Personal Style
  • Standard of Practice
  • Code of Ethics
  • Standards of Care for Vulnerable Populations Values Clarification
  • Establishing A Practice
  • DONA and Local Doula Association
  • Certification
  • Ask and Receive; Next Steps
  • Closing Circle and Evaluation
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9am – 6:00pm

Things to do

We will be updating this section with additional events as they are finalized.

Stay tuned!