Workshops require a separate fee. You may add a Workshop to your registration while you are registering to attend the Annual Meeting.

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Thursday, May 28
Friday, May 29

Thursday, May 28, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Midwifery Certification Exam Prep: Day One
Cara Busenhart, Melissa Stec
Two Day Workshop – Education

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the midwifery certification board examination. The workshop is divided into 6 sections and offers content- and case-based questions for review as well as access to educators and clinical experts to assist in their preparation. Students are encouraged to explore their personal learning preferences and establish a plan for preparation for the board examination.

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant at Cesarean
Pandora Hardtman, Nicole Olshanski
Workshop – Education – 7.5 CEUs – 1 RxCEs

Many midwives expand their practice beyond core competencies to include the role of surgical first assistant during cesarean and OB/GYN procedures in their practice. The midwife first assistant role combines knowledge of the procedure with development of technical surgical skills to allow midwives to be active first assistants during surgery. The associated continuity of care can enhance women’s experience and safety during cesarean. Performance as the first assistant requires thorough knowledge of expected preoperative assessment, application of surgical aseptic technique, case-specific surgical instruments, relevant surgical anatomy, AORN perioperative standards, techniques and skills used during the surgical procedure, as well as the communication and interpersonal skills.

This workshop will cover the role of the midwife as first assistant during cesarean, principles and practice of safe surgical care, care of women undergoing cesarean, and issues related to expanding professional practice.

Friday, May 29, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Midwifery Certification Exam Prep: Day Two
Cara Busenhart, Melissa Stec
Two Day Workshop – Education

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of the midwifery certification board examination. The workshop is divided into 6 sections and offers content- and case-based questions for review as well as access to educators and clinical experts to assist in their preparation. Students are encouraged to explore their personal learning preferences and establish a plan for preparation for the board examination.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO)
Al Runzel, Sherrie St. Clair
Workshop – Clinical – 6.5 CEU – 0.5 RxCEs

An educational program designed to enhance cognitive and procedural skills of health care professionals to help them manage obstetrical emergencies. This course is directed primarily toward maternity care providers including physicians, nurses, and certified nurse midwives.

Overall Course Objectives: Discuss methods of managing pregnancy and birth urgencies and emergencies, which standardizes the skills of practicing maternity care providers. Demonstrate content and skill acquisition as evidenced by successful completion of online course examination, skills workstations, and group testing stations.

Detailed educational objectives are listed at the beginning of each ALSO Provider Manual chapter.

Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME): Maximizing Educational Quality through the ACME Criteria
Heather L. Maurer – Education
Workshop – 5.5 CEU

The process of accreditation of midwifery education programs is becoming more complex.  Often program directors and other faculty have not had experience in preparing for the accreditation process.  This workshop is designed to provide up-to-date information on writing the Self-Evaluation Report and preparing for a site visit.  Attendees will actively participate in activities designed to prepare them for a successful accreditation process and annual monitoring during the accreditation period.  Information presented will also be relevant for those planning to start a new education program and preparing for the pre-accreditation process

OB/GYN Ultrasound Hands On Workshop
Julie Gaston, Sabrina Speer
Workshop – Clinical – 6.5 CEUs

This all-day workshop begins with lecture, a hands-on scanning demonstration, and a question and answer segment. Each participant will then have a 2 hour live scanning opportunity in our hands-on session. There will be various stations set up that focus on a variety of scanning skills including transvaginal, CRL measurements, assessment of ovaries and third trimester scanning including AFI, fetal lie, placental location and cervical length. Each participant will rotate through 2 stations. The stations are strategically selected based on your learning objectives and scanning experience. Each participant will also have access to online lectures and videos that will prepare you for the hands-on scanning session and support you once you return to your practice. Space is limited. You will receive a total of 12 CME credits for this workshop, which is the required amount to sit for the ARDMS Midwifery Ultrasound Exam.

The Anthropology of Reproduction: An Evolutionary Perspective on Childbirth, Midwifery, Obstetrics, and the New Reproductive Technologies
Robbie Davis-Floyd
Workshop – Education – 7.5 CEUs

This workshop offers an overview of the exciting and rapidly growing sub-discipline of the anthropology of reproduction, from its early beginnings to its latest findings. It will concentrate on anthropological studies in childbirth; midwifery; obstetrics; the 4 Stages of Cognition and the insights they provide into to the root causes of obstetric violence, disrespect, and abuse; the new reproductive technologies; and the politics of nation-states as they play out on childbearers’ bodies and affect their reproductive lives. It will conclude with a futuristic look at how we are co-evolving ourselves with our technologies.

Perinatal Mental Health Frontline Provider Training
Postpartum Support International
Workshop – Education – 5.75 CEU

Frontline Healthcare Provider is the first, and often the only, provider to which new moms turn. The Postpartum Support International Frontline Provider Training is designed to equip healthcare providers with the skills necessary to assess patients for perinatal mental health complications and, as appropriate, provide treatment with medication(s) or connect individuals with additional resources and care. The training is provided by PSI perinatal psychiatric experts with curriculum developed specifically for primary healthcare providers.

Friday, May 29, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Digital and Manual Rotation of the Persistent Occiput Posterior Fetus
Christina Elmore, Kelly McBroom
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs

Persistent fetal presentation of occiput posterior (persistent OP) has been increasing in prevalence in recent years, with significant implications for intrapartum management.  Midwives are familiar with interventions such as position changes and Rebozo to address persistent OP in early labor; however, many midwives remain uncomfortable with the techniques of digital and manual rotation in second stage. This workshop will review current evidence and proposed guidelines for the management of persistent OP in the second stage. Case studies will be used to facilitate discussion on appropriate implementation of this valuable intervention. The workshop will also include simulated practice of digital and manual rotation of the persistent OP fetus.

Midwives as Abortion Providers: A Clinical Workshop
Nikia Grayson, Amy Levi, Stephanie Tillman
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs – 0.5 RxCEs

This workshop provides an introduction to abortion care for midwives who are interested in providing medication and/or aspiration abortion. The safety of first-trimester abortions will be presented, followed by an overview of the provision of medication and aspiration procedures. Complication management, patient counseling, and evidence-based correction of common myths will be discussed. The integration of abortion care into midwifery practice will be presented, with a review of midwifery scope of practice, and the role of policy impacts midwifery provision of abortion care.

Midwives Increasing Access to LARC: Expanding Provision of Patient-Centered Care and Strengthening Skills through Hands-On Insertion
Mara D’Amico, Jennifer Robinson, Lauren Thaxton
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs

Professional guidelines from ACOG and CDC recommend that patients seeking contraceptive be offered the full range of methods, including intrauterine devices (IUDs) and the implant, as part of comprehensive contraceptive care. Method effectiveness is a key consideration for many contraceptive patients, and LARC methods (IUDs and the implant) are more effective in preventing unintended pregnancies than contraceptive pills, patch, or ring.

This hands-on, interactive workshop will review current clinical recommendations from ACOG, detail research findings regarding the safety and effectiveness of LARC for both general and immediate postpartum placement, provide hands-on training for the unique set of technical skills required to place IUDs in clinically challenging cases and immediately postpartum, and offer tools for patient-centered contraceptive counseling using principles of shared medical decision making. Resources to support ongoing learning and practice change will be provided to all attendees.

Perineal Repair Update: A Basic Suturing Workshop
Donna Barisich, Victoria Burslem, Rebecca Fay, Eileen Thrower, Sarah Smith
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs – 0.25 RxCEs

This hands-on workshop is designed for new graduates or seasoned CNMs/CMs needing to brush up on suturing skills. Perineal anatomy and indications for repair, and post-repair assessment will be discussed while maintaining a woman’s dignity. Skills to be taught and practiced include one-handed knot tying, instrument tie, repair of second-degree perineal laceration/episiotomy, and first-degree labial laceration utilizing the most recent evidence.

Friday, May 29, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Basic Pessary Fitting and Use for Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence
Noelle Borders, Laura Migliaccio
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs – 0.25 RxCEs

The vaginal pessary is a safe, cost-effective treatment for women with POP (pelvic organ prolapse) and UI (urinary incontinence), and midwives are well suited as expert providers of this non-surgical management. Studies show that up to 30% of women may have POP or UI, and both are under-reported and under-treated. Pessaries have been used since antiquity, but often women are only offered surgical treatment. Midwives can counsel and fit women with a pessary as a first-line safe and effective option. The CNMs teaching this workshop are part of a dedicated pessary clinic in a busy multidisciplinary Uro-gynecology service at the University of New Mexico (UNM). This dynamic, interactive workshop will provide a deeper understanding of pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence, as well as hands-on learning of the basics of pessary fitting and management.

ACNM Educator and Preceptor Workshop
Erin Morelli
Half Day Workshop – Education – 3.5 CEUs

The ACNM Clinical and Academic Educators Committee invite you to an afternoon of sharing and learning about the role of the educator and preceptor. Highlights will include presentations on burnout and developing resilience for faculty, preceptors and students; steps to take to advance your academic career and the impact of midwives training residents and medical students on workforce issues, maternal mortality, and teaching inclusivity and diversity. We will finish our time together with roundtable discussions on various education/precepting topics. There will be 3 topics offered for each of the roundtable opportunities with a total of 9 to choose from. The roundtables are a highlight of our workshop each year.

Advanced Suturing Workshop for Midwives: Risks, Prevention, and Repair of Anal Sphincter Injuries Associated with Childbirth
Donna Barisich, Victoria Burslem, Julie Daniels, Rebecca Fay, Sarah Smith, Eileen Thrower
Half Day Workshop – Clinical – 3.5 CEUs

While rare, anal sphincter injuries complicate births attended by midwives. Injury to the anal sphincter goes undiagnosed and unrepaired in a significant number of cases, due to a lack of training in identifying and diagnosing this type of perineal laceration. This workshop will review the risks for anal sphincter injuries, strategies for preventing these injuries, approaches for repairing third and fourth-degree perineal lacerations, and post-repair care of anal sphincter injuries associated with childbirth. Participants will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate repair of the anal epithelium, the internal anal sphincter, and the external anal sphincter using foam simulation models.