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    Workshops

    The ACNM 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition has so much to offer YOU as a midwife. Whether you are a student, new grad, re-entering active midwifery practice or the well experienced midwife wondering what is here for you? The planned inclusion of novice to expert content offerings will meet your needs. Workshops designed with every midwife in mind can be yours. With 20 plus workshops being offered, it can be a maze to decide where you want to spend your education resources. Not sure what you are looking for? Here is a list of workshops for your consideration.


    Students and New Grads


    WK01 Exam Prep Day I: Content Review
    Fri, June 26
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: None

    Presented by: Cara Busenhart, CNM, MSN; Tonya Nicholson, CNM, DNP,WHNP-BC; Nicole Rouhana, CNM, PhD, FNP-BC; Missi Willmarth-Stec, CNM, DNP, APRN

    This workshop will provide students and new graduates an opportunity for exam preparation. Day 1 will focus on the content covered by the AMCB certification exam. Experts in each topic will give students an overview of the content with an opportunity to begin formulating a plan of study. Day 2 will explore interactive case studies and practice questions on the main topical areas for the AMCB midwifery examination. Students can register for one or both days. At the conclusion of the sessions, students will have completed an individualized plan for continuing review. When used with the ACNM Exam Prep Workbook, the ACNM Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive study guide for the AMCB certification exam. The workbook can be purchased at ShopACNM online store.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125

    Capacity: 400

    WK03 Exam Prep Day 2: Cases and Critical Thinking
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: None

    Presented by: Cara Busenhart, CNM, MSN; Tonya Nicholson, CNM, DNP,WHNP-BC; Nicole Rouhana, CNM, PhD, FNP-BC; Missi Willmarth-Stec, CNM, DNP, APRN

    This workshop will provide students and new graduates an opportunity for exam preparation. Day 1 will focus on the content covered by the AMCB certification exam. Experts in each topic will give students an overview of the content with an opportunity to begin formulating a plan of study. Day 2 will explore interactive case studies and practice questions on the main topical areas for the AMCB midwifery examination. Students can register for one or both days. At the conclusion of the sessions, students will have completed an individualized plan for continuing review. When used with the ACNM Exam Prep Workbook, the ACNM Exam Prep Course is a comprehensive study guide for the AMCB certification exam. The workbook can be purchased at ShopACNM online store.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125 

    Capacity: 400


    WK06 Essential Midwifery Skills Update: A Focused Suturing Workshop
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: 0.7 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC; Jennifer Hensley, EdD, CNM, WHNP-BC, LCCE; Kate Koschoreck, MS, CNM; Eliza Burella, MSN, CNM; Amy Nacht, MSN, CNM

    This all-day suturing workshop is geared to new grads, and midwives who may want to refresh their suturing skills if they are returning to practice. Participants will review basic suturing skills: suture materials, instrument use, basic stitches, knot tying, visualization, and repair of childbirth lacerations. CNM preceptors will assist with “hands on” practice. Workshop fee includes a materials kit that is yours to take home. Attendees are required to bring the following instruments to the workshop: needle driver, suture scissors and thumb forceps.

    Member Fee: $400 Student Fee: $400

    Capacity: 43 - SOLD OUT


    WK14 Getting the job YOU want: A workshop for students and new graduates
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Sharon Holley, CNM, DNP; Tonia Moore-Davis, CNM, MSN; Julia C. Phillippi, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Mavis Schorn, CNM, PhD

    This workshop is designed to assist the midwifery student and new midwifery graduate preparing for their first job search. The focus will be on how to discern what job is the best "fit" and how to stand out among the competition for the desired position. Participants will work on improving their resume and interviewing techniques during the workshop. Considerations for finding the "right" job will be discussed and components of a practice agreement will be reviewed.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 80


    WK15 Clinical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Tara Cardinal, CNM, MS; Amy Levi, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC

    Estimates of the number of pregnancies that spontaneously end in the first trimester vary between 15% and 20%. In addition to the emotional distress that these early pregnancy losses cause for women, they present a clinical challenge for midwives. This workshop will present options for midwives who wish to provide clinical support to women with a pregnancy loss in the first trimester, including expectant management, the use of medication, or manual vacuum aspiration. The diagnosis of early pregnancy loss, and appropriate follow up of patients, will also be included.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 70


    Educators

    WK08 Inter-specialty Obstetric Emergency Simulations in Advanced Practice Nursing Midwifery Education
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Maria Corsaro, CNM, MS, MPH, DNP; Barbara Reale, CNM, MSN; James Roberson, DNP, CRNA, APRN, CSHE

    Inter-specialty simulation training for midwifery, nurse anesthesia, and neonatal nurse practitioner students provides an opportunity for students to learn technical and non-technical skills that are essential to improving outcomes in obstetric emergencies. This workshop for educators provides evidence based information and practical application essentials for the planning and setting up of 4 obstetric emergencies: cord prolapse, third stage hemorrhage, fetal intolerance of labor, and complicated twin vaginal birth.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 40


    WK13 Midwives as Educators: Innovation and Leadership
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Dawn Durian, CNM, MPH; Katharine Green, CNM, PhD(c); Judy Lazarus, CNM; Amy Nacht, CNM, MSN

    This workshop is designed for educators or prospective midwife educators who are working in education in women’s health, specifically with students in midwifery, nursing, residency, and medical school programs. Following an initial general session on Interprofessional Collaboration in Women’s Health, attendees will move into breakout sessions to discuss issues in education that are specific to teaching students in individual disciplines. Our goal in the breakout session time is to share didactic and clinical teaching strategies from experienced educators and to investigate new modalities of teaching. Several different academic models will be explored.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 40


    Midwives with Women day in and day out

    WK05 Vacuum Assisted Birth in Midwifery Practice
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: 0.7

    Presented by: Phyllis Ann Clark, CNM, MPH

    Assisting birth with a vacuum extractor is an advanced practice skill not included in basic midwifery education programs. It is not indicated for all practice settings or for all midwife providers. While vacuum assisted birth can be life saving and brain sparing for the baby and prevent unnecessary cesarean section for the mother, it is an operative delivery with attendant risks and increased liability for the midwife if there is less than an optimal outcome. This workshop is designed to assist the midwife to utilize the ACNM publication Vacuum Assisted Birth in Midwifery Practice to determine whether or not it is appropriate to incorporate vacuum assisted delivery into her practice. The workshop will give the midwife the opportunity for simulated practice of the skill, but certification of competency will require additional supervised practice in the clinical setting as determined by her collaborating physician(s) and the hospital where she practices that must grant her privileges to perform vacuum extraction.A short review of the mechanism of labor will be followed by an overview of the history and principles of the vacuum extractor, a review of the literature to assist in determining practice guidelines, and a summary of risk management issues. Factors needed to evaluate the appropriateness of midwifery use of the vacuum in the clinical setting and how to implement the additional skill into practice will be addressed. After demonstration, participants will practice the procedure in small groups using vacuum extractors with grapefruit, then with baby and pelvis models. A process for educating midwives to perform this procedure will be introduced and methods of evaluating the competency of midwives using a skill evaluation tool will be discussed. Fee for the workshop includes the ACNM publication Vacuum Assisted Birth in Midwifery Practice.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125 

    Capacity: 40

    WK10 Pharmacology Update: Drugs Used in the Perinatal Period

    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 0.35

    Presented by: Mary C. Brucker, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Tekoa King, CNM, MPH

    This workshop will review the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs commonly prescribed to women during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. Topics will include current evidence for vitamins and iron during pregnancy, antidepressants during the perinatal period, and a focus on drugs used during intrapartum such as oxytocin, magnesium sulfate, and opiates. Shared decision making as a component of rational prescribing will be addressed.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 40

    WK11 Obstetric Triage: Beyond Labor Evaluation
    Sat, June 27
    1:00pm - 5:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Leilani Mason, CNM, MSN; Jody Tennyson, CNM, MSN; Angela Wilson-Liverman, CNM, MSN, FACNM

    This workshop will provide a review of the CNM role in obstetric triage and discussion of the evaluation and management of common conditions seen in an obstetric triage unit. Case studies will be used to discuss a variety of obstetric and non-obstetric complications including gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory, cardiovascular, and dermatologic. Focus will be on presenting symptoms, differential diagnosis, appropriate work-up, and evidenced-based management and treatment.

    Member Fee: $150          Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 60

    WK12 Preparing for Obstetric Emergencies - Practice Makes Perfect
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am -12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Susanna Cohen, CNM, MSN; Jenifer Fahey, CNM, MSN, MPH; Claudia Gerard, CNM, MSN; Celeste Thomas, CNM, MSN

    During this workshop, participants will review best practices in the management of obstetric emergencies including hemorrhage, eclampsia and shoulder dystocia, as well as reviewing the principles and first steps in neonatal resuscitation. Interactive and immersive techniques will be used to practice and reinforce management strategies including simulation, task training and skills stations.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 30 - SOLD OUT

    WK15 Clinical Management of Early Pregnancy Loss
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Tara Cardinal, CNM, MS; Amy Levi, CNM, PhD, WHNP-BC

    Estimates of the number of pregnancies that spontaneously end in the first trimester vary between 15% and 20%. In addition to the emotional distress that these early pregnancy losses cause for women, they present a clinical challenge for midwives. This workshop will present options for midwives who wish to provide clinical support to women with a pregnancy loss in the first trimester, including expectant management, the use of medication, or manual vacuum aspiration. The diagnosis of early pregnancy loss, and appropriate follow up of patients, will also be included.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 70

    WK18 Diagnosing and Treating Female Sexual Pain: An Innovative Collaboration Between a Midwife and a Physical Therapist
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Kathy Herron CNM, MS; Melissa Keras-Donaghy, PT, DPT, WCS, CLT-LANA

    Sexual pain is the most difficult of the sexual dysfunctions to diagnose and treat. Midwives are often the first providers that patients confide in, yet many midwives don't feel qualified to deal with this problem so refer the patient to other providers. This workshop will go way beyond the basics to give midwives the information, tools, and resources to begin to manage sexual pain patients. Etiologies, history taking, examinations, testing, and treatments will covered in detail. Learn how a midwife and a pelvic floor physical therapist work together to help these women, and leave with a renewed confidence in your ability to help them as well.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 100


    Global Health

    WK02 HMS Champion Training: Building Capacity of Providers for Postpartum Hemorrhage Prevention in Developing Countries: Helping Mothers Survive, an Interactive, Simulation-based Training Package for Midwives
    Fri, June 26
    8:30am -5 :00pm
    CEUs: 0.7

    Presented by: Cherrie Evans, CNM, DrPH; Peter Johnson, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Bernice Pelea, RN, MPH

    In an effort to improve women’s health globally and bring high-impact innovations to scale, the goal of this workshop is to provide training in Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) Bleeding after Birth (BAB), a one-day training that enables frontline health workers to prevent, detect, and manage PPH. This course is a hands-on, facility-based, scenario-driven training that uses interactive simulators to give providers the knowledge, skills, and clinical confidence to prevent deaths from PPH. To maintain providers’ competencies for prevention and management of PPH, this training is followed by low dose, high frequency (LDHF), hands-on practice at the facility led by peer providers. Participants must participate the entire day in order to receive a certificate of completion.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125

    Capacity: 30

    WK19 Helping Babies Survive: Threatened Preterm Birth Care Training Workshop
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: 0.7 Rx: 2

    Presented by: Lindsay Grenier, CNM, MPH; Suzanne Stalls, MA, CNM, FACNM

    Participants will be given an overview of the entire Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive series with an emphasis on the upcoming threatened preterm birth care module. Prematurity is now the number one cause of under five mortality. This module is aimed at preparing maternal health providers in resource limited settings to identify women at risk of imminent preterm birth and initiate care prior to birth to improve the survive of preterm infants while maintaining quality care for the mother. The content specific to antenatal corticosteroids will be used to exemplify the training methodology of the Helping Babies Survive series. Key concepts in facilitation, training system design and quality improvement will also be covered.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125

    Capacity: 30

     

    Business of Midwifery

    WK17 Business of Birthing a Business
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Michelle Grandy, CNM, ARNP, FACNM; Lonnie Morris, CNM, ND, FACNM; Margaret Taylor, CNM, MS

    Do you desire to start a new practice and just don’t know how to start?? This workshop is intended for midwives who are interested in starting a new practice. We will explore the initial essential steps needed whether you are envisioning a solo private practice or hospital based group practice or any other. This workshop is presented by the Business section of the DOSP. 

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 115

    WK20 We need YOU!! : Tips and Tools for Clinical Preceptors
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Julia Lange Kessler, CM, DNP, FACNM

    Clinical preceptors provide vital educational opportunities for midwifery students and the open the door to the expansion of our profession in the United States.  In the majority of cases, midwives report that that precepting is a rewarding and wonderful part of their professional life however challenges are ever present. If challenges surface,- The Preceptor section of the DOE  want to give you the best tools to help both you and the student create the best learning environment possible.  The DOE Preceptor Section in collaboration with the Directors of Midwifery Education (DOME)  have partnered to offer this free half day workshop for both new and seasoned preceptors.  Think of it as: Precepting 101 and 201..

    Member Fee: $0 Student Fee: $0

    Capacity: 40

    Affiliate Workshop
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: None

    This workshop is designed to help those in affiliate leadership positions develop the skills necessary to lead an effective and engaged membership. General topic areas to be covered will include: characteristics of leadership in an association context, cultivating member engagement to involvement, recruiting and leading volunteers within the affiliate, planning and decision making, and holding effective, successful meetings.

    Member Fee: $0 Student Fee: $0

    Capacity: 80


    Maximizing Educational Quality through the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education (ACME) Criteria
    Mon, June 29
    10:00am - 3:30pm
    CEUs: 0.55

    Presented by: Dr. Diane Boyer, CNM, PhD, FACNM and Dr. Peter Johnson, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Gretchen G. Mettler, Ph.D., CNM ; Heather L. Maurer, MA

    This intensive workshop is the first of its kind offered by ACME. Often midwifery program directors and other faculty have not had training and experience needed in preparing for the accreditation process, which has become more complex in recent years. This workshop is designed to provide up-to-date information on writing the self-evaluation report (SER), annual monitoring report (AMR), and preparing for a site visit.  Attendees will participate in activities designed to prepare them for a successful accreditation process. Information presented will also be relevant for those planning to start a new midwifery education program and preparing for the pre-accreditation process.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $250

    Capacity: 50


    New Offerings in 2015 for One and All


    WK04 Dismantling Systemic Racism: Bridging the Racial Inequity Gap in Maternal Infant Health
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: TBD

    Presented by: Sherry Payne, MSN RN CNE IBCLC CD(DONA) 

    This workshop addresses systemic racism, white privilege and power and the role they play creating racially based gaps in health outcomes and equity. We will look at dominant normative culture in healthcare and how its paradigms shapes programs, products, and policies that may conflict with ways of being within communities of color. Attendees will be better able to access and acknowledge social identity, place, and the power that comes with social position.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125

    Capacity: 115

    WK06 Essential Midwifery Skills Update: A Focused Suturing Workshop
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 4:00pm
    CEUs: 0.7 Rx: 1

    Presented by: Jessica Anderson, MSN, CNM, WHNP-BC; Jennifer Hensley, EdD, CNM, WHNP-BC, LCCE; Kate Koschoreck, MS, CNM; Eliza Burella, MSN, CNM; Amy Nacht, MSN, CNM

    This all-day suturing workshop is geared to new grads, and midwives who may want to refresh their suturing skills if they are returning to practice. Participants will review basic suturing skills: suture materials, instrument use, basic stitches, knot tying, visualization, and repair of childbirth lacerations. CNM preceptors will assist with “hands on” practice. Workshop fee includes a materials kit that is yours to take home. Attendees are required to bring the following instruments to the workshop: needle driver, suture scissors and thumb forceps.

    Member Fee: $400 Student Fee: $400

    Capacity: 70

    WK07 Learn An Essential Tool for Every Midwife's Birth Bag: Deep Rest, Conscious Sleep & Profound Healing through Yoga Nidra, a Groundbreaking Sleep-Based Meditation Technique
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Karen Brody, MA 

    In this workshop you'll learn about the effects of stress on a pregnant mother's mind-body and how she can re-structure her subconscious mind-brain to remain non-reactive during pregnancy, birth and postpartum using a groundbreaking sleep-based meditation technique called yoga nidra. You’ll participate in, and learn more about the physical and mental benefits of Yoga Nidra Meditation, the art of conscious relaxation, a scientifically-supported Tantric technique which helps to unwind the nervous system, balance mind and body, and alleviate stress. In addition you'll discover a tool that is not only useful for your clients, it's easy to do anywhere and serves you too, helping you manage fatigue and burnout and making it an essential tool for every midwife's birth bag.

    Member Fee: $150 Student: $75

    Capacity: 40

    WK09 Why We Get Sued, What Helps us Cope, and Can We Prevent It?
    Sat, June 27
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 0.35

    Presented by: Mamie Guidera, CNM; William McCool, CNM, PhD; Angela Deneris, CNM, PhD ; Katie Page, CNM

    The risk of litigation remains of concern to midwives, their practice partners, employers, and malpractice insurance providers. Closed claims analysis and expert case review are methods of examining risk patterns and behaviors in lawsuits Strategies to decrease the incidence of litigation can be developed from this data. Findings from both methodologies have reflected seven major categories of liability risk, the most prevalent being newborn/fetal complications or death. Responding to voiced needs of the membership, this workshop provides data from closed claims analyses of Midwifery cases and knowledge gleaned from expert witness review to identify the most common reasons for Midwifery litigation. Utilizing case studies and “stories” from midwives who have personally been involved in litigation, participants will be asked to develop risk management strategies to improve outcomes and prevent lawsuits, as well as design methods for providing support to colleagues involved in litigation.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 70

    WK16 Acupressure in Labor, An Essential Tool for the Midwife's Armamentarium
    Sun, June 28
    8:00am - 12:00pm
    CEUs: 035

    Presented by: Judith Schlaeger, CNM, LAc, PhD

    For over 2 millennia, midwives in Asia have been using acupressure for the relief of labor pain. Other uses include labor augmentation, reducing nausea and vomiting, and rotating the fetus that presents with occiput posterior. This workshop will provide the CNM with the skills necessary to assess the laboring woman from a traditional Chinese medicine perspective and to implement an acupressure prescription to facilitate her labor.

    Member Fee: $150 Student Fee: $75

    Capacity: 70

    Midwifery Ultrasound Primer: Using Ultrasound in Midwifery and Fundamentals for the New Credentialing Exam
    Fri, June 26
    8:00am - 5:00pm
    CEUs: TBD

    Presented by: Frank Miele, MSEE; Carolyn Gegor, CNM; Jenna Shaw-Battista, CNM; Kristen Ostrem, CNM

    This full-day specialty seminar is designed for midwives who want to incorporate ultrasound imaging into their clinical practice and for midwives who intend to challenge the new ARDMS Midwifery Ultrasound Assessment Exam. The morning is dedicated to developing the core underlying concepts needed to understand ultrasound and its application. The afternoon focuses on clinical application including landmarks for biometry, imaging parameters for each trimester, and clinical cases including normal and abnormal findings. At the end of the day, a special session will be held for anyone interested in learning about the new credentialing exam and specific test-taking techniques for improving performance on exams.

    Member Fee: $250 Student Fee: $125

    Capacity: 75

    "If I Hadn't Believed It, I Wouldn't Have Seen It: Culture, privilege, and organizational transformation
    Fri, June 26
    12:00pm - 6:00pm
    CEUs: None

    Presented by: Jodi DeLibertis, Greater Good Consulting

    In the wake of events in Ferguson, the public conversation in America has been focused on race. How is it that these pressing conversations connect to our work as midwives? In this workshop we will explore structural racism, culture, and the connections between the individual, the interpersonal, and the institutional. We will explore topics including: culture, structural racism, and privilege. This workshop is highly interactive and will provide participants with knowledge to increase their skill and comfort in providing exceptional care to increasingly diverse women and families as well as to work effectively with colleagues from differing backgrounds.

    Member Fee: $0 Student Fee: $0
    Capacity: 40

    ACME Policy & Procedure Updates and Open Forum Discussion
    Sun, June 28
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
    CEUs: None

    Presented by: Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FAAN, FACNM

    Join us for this free ACME open forum workshop! All interested program directors, students, faculty, volunteers, and colleagues are welcome to learn more about the ACME accreditation process through discussion, questions and answers. We will describe recent updates and clarifications made to ACME documents including our policies and procedures and programmatic criteria. Additionally we will discuss the Annual Monitoring Report (AMR), review concepts of quality assessment, and talk about recent progress with the Proposed Higher Education Act.

    Member Fee: $0 Student Fee: $0
    Capacity: 50





     


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