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Nell Tharpe, MS, CNM, FACNM

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Midwifery 2018
  • Country: United States

Nell Tharpe, CNM, CRNFA, MS, FACNM obtained her Certificate in Nurse-­‐Midwifery from the State University of New York in 1986, after which she begin an active clinical practice in Maine. While in practice Nell offered women holistic health care, attended births in small community hospitals, and worked in the operating room as a surgical first assistant where she honed her suturing skills.

A committed life-­‐long learner, Nell continued her education and in 2003 received her Master of Science degree in Midwifery from Philadelphia University. Nell’s passion is bridging the gap between clinical practice and emerging evidence. Her focus is on teaching midwifery skills to foster the highest quality midwifery and women’s health care in every practice setting.

Nell is the original author of the widely used midwifery text Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, recently released in its 5th edition. She is an adjunct professor at Philadelphia University and provides workshops as an independent Perinatal and Women’s Health Consultant.

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Suturing Skills for Midwifery Practice
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.
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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 13.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: (details)  |  Categories: Midwifery