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Suturing Skills For Midwifery Practice

by Nell Tharpe, MS CNM, CRNFA, FACNM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 ACNM
  • Handout: Yes

Birth tears occur in up to 70% of women giving birth vaginally. Birthing women expect their care providers to be skilled and confident in their ability to assess tears and perform repair when it's needed. Suturing and perineal repair is a complex skill set that requires multiple learning opportunities to develop the skill needed to suture with confidence. This session will explore ways to enhance manual dexterity and the ability to visually identify and approximate anatomic structures. We'll talk about how to perform an effective wound closure, and actively master the skills required for systematic wound evaluation and anatomic re-approximation of tissues. This session focuses on the equipment, supplies, and technical skills used during suturing of the pelvic floor after birth, recommendations for simulation and practice, and the importance of these skills to women after birth.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the importance to women of expert skills when pelvic floor repair is indicated after childbirth;

Objective 2: Identify instruments, sutures and needles, and associated handling techniques commonly used during repair of a woman’s tissues following childbirth;

Objective 3: Describe the components of a systematic pelvic floor before and after birth and following repair;

Objective 4: Identify 2 common repair techniques used to restore pelvic floor integrity after childbirth; and

Objective 5: Describe methods to develop and maintain competency and confidence in the suturing skill-set used by midwives.

Categories: Suturing Skills
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks