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Skill Suite Descriptions

Workshop Descriptions

The skills listed below are expected, but not guaranteed, to be covered during conference workshops. An individual seeking signatures for clinical skills must demonstrate competency in the skill.  Competency will be determined by and at the discretion of the conference course instructor.  Competency of the skill(s) listed below cannot be assured during workshops. Registrants are expected to fulfill the prerequisites listed for any conference courses.

Monday, April 23

Vital Signs & Basic Skills

 Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond
Learn to take vital signs, basic charting, oxygen safety, universal precautions and sterile technique, the basic skills needed for assisting a midwife. 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
Use of a Stethoscope I-9 Assemble, use and maintain equipment and supplies 1.38
Oxygen Safety, Setup and Administration I-12 or IV-18
SOAP or SOAPIER Charting I-25 Charting: Document and interpret findings, including what was done and what needs follow-up 1.39
Handwashing I-4 methods of infection prevention and control appropriate to the service being provided 1.6
Universal Precautions I-13
Gloving and Ungloving I-4
Sterile Technique I-5
Sterilization of Instruments I-6
Maternal Temperature Assessment I-14 Take maternal vitals (temp, BP, pulse) 3.39
Maternal Pulses I-17
Maternal Respiratory Assessment I-18
Maternal Skin Assessment I-20
Maternal Blood Pressure I-20

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Phase I Assessment

Integrated Assessment of skills and competencies for Phase I MCU students. Only students currently enrolled in CLNC 1050 will be accepted for this session, in the time slot they registered for in class.

Medications in the Childbearing Year

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives

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
Applied for 8 hours of MEAC CEUs, appropriate for NARM recertification
(and bridge certificate: Category 3)

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Pharmacology Skills

 Appropriate for Phase 1 (beginning clinical) and beyond
The description of this workshop is forthcoming. We appreciate your patience.

Tuesday, April 24

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
Breastfeeding 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
Newborn Complications

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives

Jaundice, respiratory distress, hypoglycemia, oh my!  Prepare for newborn complications in this intensive workshop for primary students and practicing midwives. 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
Recognition of Respiratory Distress Syndrome and Infection VI-31 Begin emergency measures for: respirator distress (NRP) 6.19.a
Jaundice in the Newborn VI-27 Begin emergency measures for: hypothermia 6.19.b
Newborn Resuscitation II-31 Begin emergency measures for: hypoglycemia 6.19.c
Administration of Free Flow Oxygen to the Newborn VI-4 Low Birth Weight Baby–give care and refer 6.2
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

 

Wednesday, April 24

Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn

Appropriate for All Phases-fulfills neonatal resuscitation requirement for NARM and MCU
Biodynamic Resuscitation of the Newborn is a holistic neonatal resuscitation class that is specifically designed for out-of-hospital birth care providers, and is based on international, evidence-based standards. 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
Newborn Resuscitation II-31 Begin emergency measures for: respiratory distress (NRP) 6.19.a

 

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.

Healthy Birth Skill Suite

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

Do you know the skills you need for healthy birth midwifery care? Skill practice and scenarios to prepare for real life situations. 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
Basic Intrapartum Exam IV-8 Take history and maternal vitals in labor 4.24
Intrapartum Pelvic Exam IV-10 Focused physical exam in labor 4.25
Artificial Rupture of Membranes IV-13 Abdominal assessment for fetal position and descent 4.26
Assessment of contractions IV-14 Time and assess the effectiveness of uterine contractions 4.27
Basic Comfort Measures IV-15 pelvic exam (including dilation, descent, presenting part, position, membranes, adequacy of pelvis) 4.28
Monitoring the Fetal Heart IV-19 Monitor and chart progress in labor 4.29
Hand Maneuvers to Assist Delivery IV-25 Physical and Psychological support in labor for client and family 4.3
Facilitate presence of support person in labor 4.31
Provide hydration, nutrition and comfort measures in labor and birth 4.32
Stimulate or augment uterine contractions, using nonpharmacologic agents 4.35
Perform hand maneuvers for vertex birth 4.38
Postpartum Complications Skill Suite

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 I-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
woundhealing

Thursday, April 26

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.

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
Immediate Newborn Skill Suite

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

 

Herbology

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. Activities from BTNY 1010/150 will be included in class. This class is conducted off-site in Orem, UT

Friday, April 27

Normal Postpartum Skill Suite

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
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

 

Labor & Birth Complications Skill Suite

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

Saturday, April 28

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
Transports

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

Transports to hospital are not anyone’s favorite, but as midwives, what can we do to make them smoother, easier and safer for our clients, and relationship building for the receiving providers? This skill focuses on scenarios, physical skills and communication to set you up for “the best transport possible.” 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
General Lifting Technique I-11 Transport clients, provide care en route 4.6
Two-person Sheet Lift I-12 Transport newborns as needed 6.25
Breeches & Twins

Appropriate for Phase 3 (primary students) and practicing midwives
Breech babies and twins–are you 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
Breech Delivery IV-36 Perform hand maneuvers for face or breech delivery 4.39
Delivery of Twins IV-37 Manage birth of multiples 4.4
External Version III-71 External version of fetus presenting breech or transverse 3.56

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