2017-05-Midwifery Skills Lab

Lori Barklage


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Join us for a weekend of skills demos and practice including:

Hands-off Midwifery (“the unassisting midwife”)

  • Wide range of normal
  • How to help when out of normal range to continue healthy birth
  • Keeping birth normal

Prenatal Care including:

  • Resources for creating forms that work for your practice
  • Nutritional assessment
  • Prenatal education
  • Testing and decision-making
  • Equipment needed for prenatal care

Basic demos and practice of skills for Prenatal Visits:

  • Discussion and demos of:
    • Initial testing (CBC, type and factor, antibody screens, STD screening)
    • Sterilization and cleaning techniques/universal precautions for hands and instuments
    • Finger sticks
    • Venipuncture
  • Maternal assessment and vital signs
    • Lab work
    • Assessment of the baby (Doppler and fetoscope)
    • Fundal height/Leopolds

Advanced Prenatal Skills including:

  • Prenatal testing: GD, GBS, GYN and urine cultures
  • Fetal assessment: kick counts, NST, BPP

Labor and Birth Skills including:

  • Equipment for births, what to have and set-up
  • Birth kits
  • Emergency supplies
  • Demos of:
    • Membranes: sweeping, assessing for SROM, AROM
    • Assessing contractions
    • Vaginal exams: dilation, station, effacement, presenting part
    • Monitoring mom and baby
    • Charting: forms and protocols
  • Discussion of Birth Skills
    • Waterbirth: special considerations
    • Supporting the perineum
    • Nuchal hands and nuchal cords
    • Shoulder dystocia
    • Newborn suctioning: postural drainage, bulb, Delee
    • APGAR scoring
  • Practice birth skills including 
    • Cervical checks
    • Perineal support
    • Nuchal hands/cords
    • Shoulder dystocia
    • Suctioning equipment

Postnatal Skills

  • Assessment of the Mother including: 
    • Estimated blood loss, postpartum recovery, perineal tears, and follow up exams
  • Assessment of the Newborn including:
    • Resuscitation, newborn examination, vitamin K, eye medication, follow-up exams, and testing
  • Assessment of the Placenta structure, cord, abnormalities, and consumption
  • Assessment of breastfeeding including:
    • Breast infections and other complications
    • Tongue tie and latch issues
    • Establishing and increasing supply
    • Baby’s oral structure and latch
    • Mom’s history and anatomy
    • Frequency of feedings, output, challenges
    • Resources and practical tips
  • Demo and practice skills
    • Neonatal resuscitation
    • Perineal repair: natural healing, adhesive, suture clips, sutures
    • Injections: sterile water (from labor), Pitocin, RhoGam, vitamin K
    • Starting IV fluids
    • Managing postpartum hemorrhage
    • Manual removal of the placenta
    • Bladder catheter