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Suturing Skills for Midwifery Practice

by Nell Tharpe, MS CNM, CRNFA, FACNM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Midwifery

While most midwives are diligent about maintaining pelvic floor integrity during birth, genital tract trauma occurs in up to 70% of women during vaginal birth. Birthing women expect midwives to be skilled and confident in their ability to perform perineal repair. This complex skill set requires multiple learning opportunities to develop both competence and the ability to suture with confidence. Perineal repair skills require manual dexterity and the ability to visually identify and approximate anatomic structures. The ability to perform an effective wound closure requires midwives actively master the skills required for systematic wound evaluation and anatomic re-­‐approximation of tissues. Supportive mentoring and intentional self-­‐directed practice are critical to the learning process. This session focuses on the equipment, supplies, and technical skills used during suturing of the pelvic floor after birth, and recommendations for simulation and practice.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will learn the importance to women of expert suturing skills when pelvic floor repair is indicated after childbirth;
Objective 2: Participants will learn to identify instruments, sutures and needles, and associated handling techniques commonly used during repair of a woman's tissue following childbirth;
Objective 3: Participants will learn how to perform a systematic pelvic floor before and after birth and following repair;
Objective 4: Participants will learn how to identify 2 common suturing techniques used to restore pelvic floor integrity after childbirth;
Objective 5: Participants will learn how to describe methods to develop and maintain competency and confidence in the suturing skill-set used by midwives.

Categories: Suturing Skills
Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks