Module 3: Labor & Birth

Target Audience

Beginning midwifery students or as a refresher course for advanced students and midwifery apprentices.

Course Overview

This in-depth course covers responsibilities, techniques, skills, traditional tools and tricks of the trade for all stages and phases of labor and birth.

Course Curriculum

Topics covered:

  • Labor prep and stimulation
  • Pre-labor: Preventing exhaustion and prodromal labor
  • PROM and SROM
  • Fetal heart tone auscultation and monitoring
  • Vital assessments during each stage of labor
  • VBAC
  • Water birth
  • Roles of the primary and assistant midwives
  • Normal and undisturbed birth
  • The 5 P’s: Techniques and skills for resolving issues
  • Meconium
  • Complications in labor
  • Transferring to hospital from a planned homebirth
  • 2nd Stage techniques
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Breech skills
  • Cord clamping
  • Physiology of baby’s first breath, basic resuscitation and APGAR scoring
  • 3rd stage management at home and when action is necessary
  • Postpartum hemorrhage: Risk and management
  • Estimating blood loss: instruction and practice
  • Immediate postpartum issues: Variations of normal and complications

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