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Avril Bowens, RN, CPM

  • Speaker Type: Be at Your BEST During Birth Emergencies Lecture Pack
  • Country: USA

Avril is the founder of the Midwife Method - a midwife-led, supportive and educational online program dedicated to empowering all birthing people who want to experience a conscientious and connected pregnancy, birth and transition into parenthood. Who want to learn to thrive in body, mind and spirit and not only feel prepared and informed every step of the way...but loved, supported and guided throughout. This incredible resource is available for busy midwives to count on, to provide for all the educational needs of their clients to have a healthy, joyful and empowering pregnancy, birth and smooth transition into parenthood.

For the past four years, she has loved being an instructor and office manager with Birth Emergency Skills Training® (B.E.S.T.), as well as co-developer of the Online and Hybrid programs. B.E.S.T. is dedicated to improving maternal and fetal outcomes by helping midwives effectively, efficiently, competently and confidently manage emergencies when they arise.

She has been intimately woven into the fabric of serving birthing families since 1998 working at home and in birth centers. Together with her partner, she has home-birthed, home-schooled and raised 3 incredible human beings (18, 24 and 26)!

With an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and desire to support a broader population in attaining their health goals, she returned to school, completing a Bachelor of Science in nursing in 2016, then pursued a Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Georgetown University which she was unable to complete due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Move It! Get the Shoulders Unstuck!
Shoulder dystocia remains one of the most feared obstetrical emergencies in and out of the hospital, for good reason, it can be scary, is notoriously difficult to predict and can lead to further complications in both mother and baby. Thankfully, there are simple and effective techniques that can be employed and adapted to any environment which safely resolve the issue, much of the time. The single most important predictor of a favorable outcome is a practitioner who is alert to the signs of shoulder dystocia, well prepared to manage one and aware of how to help prevent neonatal injuries in the process. Therefore, a thorough understanding of the pathophysiology and mechanisms of action used to resolve impacted shoulders is imperative along with a team that communicates effectively and is able to manage the associated complications. Move it! Get the Shoulders Unstuck! offers a clear, up-to-date review of prevention, early recognition and responsive, effective management to resolve shoulder dystocia. Come join us on this journey through this sticky complication, one that will hopefully alleviate your fears and provide you with the skills you need to calmly disimpact the shoulders while keeping the baby safe and improve maternal and fetal outcomes.
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1.5  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1.5 (details)  |  Categories: Dystocia, Labour & Positioning, Labour Progression
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STOP Postpartum Hemorrhage in its TRACs
Despite the many advances in medical treatment, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) remains one of the leading causes of maternal mortality around the world. Excessive bleeding plays a role in 25-35% of maternal deaths, and the United States (US) is no exception. In the US, postpartum hemorrhage was responsible for 12% of maternal deaths in 2016 and that figure is rising. STOP postpartum hemorrhage in its TRACs offers a clear, up-to-date overview of postpartum hemorrhage using the mnemonic TRAC as a guide. TRAC stands for the 4 primary etiologies of PPH - Trauma - Retained Placenta - Atony - Coagulopathy. In this lecture, we present the physiology behind each etiology, prevention, early recognition and responsive, effective management from the least invasive to the most invasive stabilization techniques including anti-hemorrhagic medications, treatment for shock, the use of Non-pneumatic Antishock Garment (NASG) and a host of other life saving options. Treatments are adapted for out of hospital practice including low resource global applications. Come join us and learn to effectively, efficiently and calmly manage PPH, alleviate fear, increase your confidence and improve maternal outcomes.