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Skill Suites Schedule

Schedule

Please be aware that it is possible for the schedule to change. Be sure to read the Conference FAQ page.

Contact conference@midwifery.edu for questions or concerns.

We have now included a payment by installments options for most of our workshops! Read the terms here.

While we will not be able to include an NRP workshop on this April’s schedule, we are working hard to include the topic at future events. 

Day 1 – Monday Apr 22

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

Phase II/Intermediate

Intrapartum Heart Monitoring

This workshop is designed to provide basic information for midwives on the use of intrapartum fetal monitoring. Discussion will include methods of fetal monitoring, recognition of changes and interventions
to assist in the midwifery management of clients.
1. Discuss external monitoring fetal heart rate and uterine activity.
2. Identify characteristics of fetal heart rate baseline and periodic & episodic changes using NICHD terminology.
3. Interpret fetal heart rate patterns and the interventions needed to manage these patterns.
4. Review fetal heart rate patterns & uterine activity and discuss appropriate assessments and interventions.  

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2:00pm – 6:00pm

Phase II/Intermediate

Ultrasound Basics Skills

The description of this workshop is forthcoming.

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Phase III/Advanced

Twins

The description of this workshop is forthcoming.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Delivery of Twins

IV-37

Manage birth of multiples

4.4

 

 

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2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

Phase II/Intermediate

Catheterization and Urinalysis

The description of this workshop is forthcoming. 

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Urinary Catheterization

II-20

Provide bladder care (including catheterization when indicated)

4.33

Urinalysis via Dipstick

III-14

Draw blood, urine and vaginal specimens for testing

3.4

Obtaining a Clean Catch of Urine

III-14

Manage and or refer for anemia

3.54.b

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Phase III/Advanced

Labor & Birth Complications

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives
But what if something goes wrong at the birth? Parents ask it, and midwives and student midwives want to know too. Make sure you’re prepared for shoulder dystocia, nuchal hand, cord or arm, abnormal fetal heart tones, uterine rupture, cord prolapse and other unexpected events in this intensive workshop. 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Assessment of Meconium Staining

IV-20

Recognize and differentiate meconium stained fluid, suction airway if appropriate

4.41

Abnormal Fetal Heart Tones & Patterns

IV-31

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: fetal distress

4.43.f

Management of Nuchal Cord

IV-27

Manage nuchal cord/arm at birth

4.44

Management of Nuchal Hand/Arm

IV-28

Identify abnormal labor patterns and provide intervention or referral (OP, asynclitism, pendulous abdomen, maternal exhaustion/dehydration)

4.34

Abnormal Changes in Maternal Vital Signs

IV-22

Perform episiotomy as needed

4.37

(Maternal) Administration of Oxygen (free flow and demand-valve or bag-valve-mask)

II-24

Perform hand maneuvers for face or breech delivery

4.39

Episiotomy

IV-34

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: prolapsed cord

4.43.a

Ritgen Maneuver

IV-26

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: placental abruption

4.43.b

Face and Brow Presentation

IV-35

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: uterine rupture

4.43.c

Abnormal Intrapartal Bleeding (including when birth is imminent)

IV-47

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: malpresentation

4.43.d

Cord Prolapse (including when birth is imminent)

IV-43

Manage immediate interventions for emergency: shoulder dystocia

4.43.e

Placenta Abruptio

III-69

Shoulder Dystocia (McRoberts & Gaskin maneuvers)

IV-29

Emergency Manual Dilation

IV-45

Day 2 – Tuesday Apr 23

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Phase I/Introductory

Phase I Assessment

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Phase I/Introductory

IV Skills

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond
Learn and practice the basics of IV placement. 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Administration of IV fluids

II-13

Insert IV line and administer fluids

4.59

Changing IV fluid bag

II-14

Discontinuing an IV

II-15

Attaching a Saline Lock

II-15

 

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2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Phase III/Advanced

IV Medications

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives
Medications in IVs? Whether it’s common in your practice and you’re looking for the specifics, or it’s a new idea you’re exploring, this workshop has the whens-hows-whats you need. 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Administration of IV Pitocin for Postpartum Hemorrhage

II-17

Dispense, furnish, administer drugs (antibiotics and antihemmorhagics) to women in need

4.54

Administration of IV Antibiotics

II-16

Dispense, furnish or administer life saving drugs (antibiotics, antihypertensives, antimalarials, antiretrovirals, etc.) in need (as authorized locally)

3.57

 

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Phase III/Advanced

Breeches Skill Suite

The description for this workshop is forthcoming.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Breech Delivery

IV-36

Perform hand maneuvers for face or breech delivery

4.39

External Version

III-71

External version of fetus presenting breech or transverse

3.56

 

 

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2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Phase I/Introductory

Basic Pharmacology Skill Suite

Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond
Just the basics–this brief workshop will prepare you to draw and inject medications as directed. 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Drawing Medication from an Ampule

II-3

Dispense, furnish, administer drugs (antibiotics and antihemmorhagics) to women in need

4.54

Drawing Medication from a Multi-Dose Vial

II-3

Dispense, furnish or administer lifesaving drugs (antibiotics, antihypertensives, antimalarials, antiretrovirals, etc.) in need (as authorized locally)

3.57

Intramuscular Injection (mother and newborn)

II-4

 

Day 3 – Wednesday Apr 24

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Phase II/Intermediate

Phase II Assessment

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Phase II/Intermediate

OB Pharmacology

Pharmacology for Midwives offers learners basic principles of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics in the childbearing year. The regulation of the U.S. Pharmacopeia is discussed, with review of the FDA and federal agencies that oversee research and make recommendations for women and pregnancy. We will review the drugs commonly used by and available to CPMs, including mechanisms of action, safety, indications and contraindications for each. We will also discuss procurement, storage, transfer, and disposal of medications; community standards, national and international competencies; emergency management and communication.

Includes: 

  • Fetal Development, Drugs and Teratogens
  • FDA Drug Categories and Pregnancy, Lactation, Reproductive Labeling

  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • Emergency Situations

  • Practice Guidelines & Protocols

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

Phase III/Advanced

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 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 if desired. 

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Advanced Treatment of Shock

II-26

Identify and manage shock

4.58

Estimation of Blood Loss

V-8

Estimate and record maternal blood loss

4.49

Postpartum Bleeding

V-7

Manage postpartum bleeding and hemorrhage (techniques and uterotonic agents)

4.53

Postpartum Hemorrhage

V-22

Manual removal of placenta

4.55

Manual Removal of Placenta and Fragments

V-20

Bimanual compression for hemorrhage

4.56

Bimanual Compression

V-19

Aortic compression

4.57

Basic Treatment of Shock

I-22

Uterine infection?

Late pp hemorrhage

Wound healing

Day 4 – Thursday Apr 25

 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

All Levels

Birth Doula Training

Appropriate for any phase, including non-midwives
The intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

  • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a woman.

  • 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 highly trained faculty, and uses supplementary text, videos, slides, and role-play to build theoretical knowledge and teach practical skills. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA) and fulfills the doula training requirement for MCU students.



 

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9:00am – 6:00pm

 

All Levels

Herbology (Off-Site)

Class Description: It is the intent of the instructor to instill a love and appreciation for diverse and humble herbs. This course of study is only a starting point for a student to expand their learning and use of the herbs in their everyday lives. Our world will be a brighter place with more wise women using and spreading the word about the power found in growing, gathering, preparing and healing with herbs.

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

 

All Levels

CPR

Appropriate for Any Phases, including non-midwives
This fast-paced certification course in the lifesaving techniques of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation is beneficial for midwives, students, doulas and anyone needing professional level certification. American Heart Association certification is included with the class.

This workshop price includes supplies but it does NOT include lunch.

 

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1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

All Levels

Marketing and Design Fundamentals

This course is designed to introduce attendees to Marketing principles, small business strategies and design fundamentals to solicit clients online, in print and in person.

 

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9:00am – 1:00pm

 

Phase II/Intermediate

Healthy Newborn Skill Suite

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 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

(Initial) Newborn Exam-DOUBLE SIGNATURE

VI-20

Full body newborn exam and refer for abnormal findings

6.21

24 Hour Newborn Exam

VI-23

Perform gestational age assessment

6.22

Routine Newborn Exam

VI-28

Routine care of the newborn: Vitamin K admin

6.23.b

Newborn Pulses

VI-13

Routine care of the newborn: Screening Test (PKU)

6.23.c

Respiratory and Cardiac Assessment of Newborn

VI-14

Routine care of the newborn: Eye prophylaxis

6.23.d

Gestational Age Assessment

VI-18

Educate parents about newborn signs/symptoms and how to get care

6.26

Assessment of Newborn Reflexes

VI-16

Educate parents about normal growth and development (infant and young child)

6.27

Newborn Metabolic Screen

VI-25

Provide well baby care for minimum 6 weeks age

6.32

Newborn Eye Prophylaxis

VI-17

 

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1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

Phase II/Intermediate

Immediate Newborn

Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond
Get it right, right from the start. This workshop goes over the basic newborn skills for the first hour after birth. 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 if desired.

Skills PSGM

5th ed

Skill Competencies

MEAC

Immediate Care of the Newborn

VI-3

Immediate care of newborn (cord clamp and cut, drying, clearing airways, ensuring breathing)

6.16

Newborn Suction

VI-5

Obtaining a Cord Blood Sample

V-4

Clamp and cut cord

4.42

APGAR Assessment

VI-15

Assess the immediate condition of the newborn (APGAR scoring, etc.)

6.17

Newborn Temperature Assessment

VI-9

Maintain normal newborn temperature (covering, environment, skin to skin)

6.18

 

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1:00pm – 3:00pm

 

All Levels

Anatomy and Physiology with Cadavers

2 Hour Cadaver Lab Experience

This workshop will be a general overview covering four systems: Nervous, Digestive, Respiratory and Female Reproductive System.

    Please be advised that this workshop is off site. Please use the following external link to register: 

    Nervous, Digestive, Respiratory, and Female Reproductive Systems

    Day 5 – Friday Apr 26

     

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    9:00am – 1:00pm

     

    Phase I/Introductory

    JUST ADDED: IV Skills
    Due to demand, an additional IV Skills workshop has been added to the schedule

    Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond
    Learn and practice the basics of IV placement. 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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    Administration of IV fluids

    II-13

    Insert IV line and administer fluids

    4.59

    Changing IV fluid bag

    II-14

    Discontinuing an IV

    II-15

    Attaching a Saline Lock

    II-15

     

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    9:00am – 6:00pm

     

    All Levels

    Birth Doula Training Day 2

    Appropriate for any phase, including non-midwives
    The intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

    • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a woman.

    • 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 highly trained faculty, and uses supplementary text, videos, slides, and role-play to build theoretical knowledge and teach practical skills. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA) and fulfills the doula training requirement for MCU students.

    Register above on the Thursday entry

     

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    9:00am – 6:00pm

     

    Phase II/Intermediate

    Suturing

    Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond
    This workshop is designed to train you on basic suturing skills and teach you how to evaluate perineal lacerations and perform first and second degree perineal laceration repairs and episiotomy. You will have the opportunity to practice how to use key suturing instruments; you will also practice the major types of knots, and perform simulations of first and second degree perineal laceration repairs and episiotomy.

    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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    Infiltration of Local Anesthetic

    II-21

    Administer local anesthetic to the perineum for episiotomy or repair

    4.36

    Assessment and Repair of Lacerations

    V-10

    Inspect vagina and cervix for lacerations

    4.5

    Basic Suturing

    II-23

    Repair episiotomy if needed

    4.51

    Repair 1st and 2nd degree perineal and vaginal lacerations

    4.52

     

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    9:00am – 1:00pm

     

    Phase II/Intermediate

    Venipuncture and Finger Pokes

    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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    Venipuncture (syringe, vacutainer)-one method required

    II-10

    Order/Perform Lab tests (CBC, thyroid, urinalysis, chem panels)

    2.18

    Hemoglobin Analysis (any method)

    III-10

    Manage and or refer for gestational diabetes

    3.54.g

    Glucose Analysis (glucometer, dextrostix method not required)

    III-12

    Manage and or refer for GBS positive (vaginal rectal culture)

    3.54.p

     

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    2:00pm – 6:00pm

     

    All Levels

    Prenatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders

    Prenatal and postpartum mood disorders often carry shame and stigma. As care providers we have a unique role to play in our clients’ lives. We also have the opportunity to build trust that will enable the client to receive the support that they may not receive elsewhere. We want to approach these conversations and assessments with the skill, knowledge and preparation to assure excellent care. When unprepared our communication or inaction may inadvertently place the client at risk of harm. There are risk factors that make awareness of our biases a high priority. We may make assumptions about the lived experience of those who are at risk of marginalization within the dominant culture.  

    We will address signs and symptoms of prenatal and postpartum mood disorders, explore evidence-based treatments within the scope of midwifery practice, common medications prescribed to clients by other clinicians. We will identify risk factors such as oppression and marginalization; socioeconomic status; and the impact of complex childhood trauma, sexual abuse, relationship stressors, intimate partner violence, and birth trauma on mental health. We will discuss assessment tools readily available to midwives.  

    This presentation will go beyond screening clients for postpartum depression. We will explore the signs and symptoms of preexisting conditions and prenatal and postpartum mood disorders that are subtle and often overlooked. We will address how to access effective resources for clients. 


    Day 6 – Saturday Apr 27

     

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    9:00am – 6:00pm

     

    All Levels

    Birth Doula Training Day 3

    Appropriate for any phase, including non-midwives
    The intensive three-day workshop will help the participant:

    • Recognize the significance of childbirth in the life of a woman.

    • 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 highly trained faculty, and uses supplementary text, videos, slides, and role-play to build theoretical knowledge and teach practical skills. A complete syllabus is included with the course. This training comprises one step in the certification process for Doulas of North America (DONA) and fulfills the doula training requirement for MCU students.

     

     

    Register above at the Thursday entry.  

     

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    9:00am – 1:00pm

     

    Phase I/Introductory

    Human Lactation Skill Suite

    Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond

    This short workshop focuses on skills such as initiating and supporting breastfeeding and breast care for midwifery clients, including human milk expression, handling and storage. 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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    Breast Exam and Assessment for Breastfeeding-one method required

    III-18

    Physical exam (including clinical breast exam)

    2.17

    Assistance with Breastfeeding Techniques

    V-11

    Support (uninterrupted) breastfeeding

    5.26

    Teach how to express, handle and store breastmilk

    5.27

    Positioning for breastfeeding initiation

    6.24


     

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    9:00am – 1:00pm

     

    Phase II/Intermediate

    Immediate Postpartum Skill Suite

    Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond
    What happens after the baby is born? Acquire the skills for the first hours postpartum in this workshop. 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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    Clamping and Cutting the Cord

    VI-6

    Clamp and cut cord

    4.42

    Assessment of Placenta

    V-9

    Inspect placenta and membranes for completeness

    4.46

    Immediate Postpartum Maternal Care

    V-3

    Fundal massage

    4.47

    Facilitating Delivery of Placenta

    V-6

    Provide safe environment for attachment

    4.48

    Physical exam (postpartum)

    5.22

    Support expectant management of 3rd stage of labor

    4.45

     

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    2:00pm – 6:00pm

    Phase II/Intermediate

    Normal Postpartum

    Appropriate for Phase 2 (assist-level clinical) and beyond
    Care after the birth is so important to nurture the new mother. Six-week postpartum history and exams and client education are included. 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 if desired.

    Skills PSGM

    5th ed

    Skill Competencies

    MEAC

    The Six-Week Postpartum Exam-DOUBLE SIGNATURE

    V-17

    Take postpartum history

    5.21

    General Postpartum Exam of the Mother

    V-16

    Physical exam (postpartum)

    5.22

    Specific Counseling and Education for the Postpartum/Newborn Period

    V-14

    Assess uterine involution and healing lacerations/repairs, educate on promoting healing

    5.24

    Postpartum care after cesarean

    5.25

    Educate client on self and infant care (including resources, signs of symptoms)

    5.28

    Postpartum Mental Health Screening (postpartum depression, anxiety, psychosis)

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    April 15

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