Midwife as Surgical First Assistant is an expanded practice area for the CNM and CM. The midwife who serves as first assistant in surgery, functions as a perinatal and birth professional in the perioperative setting. The workshop’s focus is on applying current evidence so midwives can participate and provide continuity of care for clients during a cesarean section. In this course, you will learn core knowledge and skills needed to perform as the surgical first assistant for cesarean, at a novice level. This virtual workshop is designed specifically for midwives and addresses promotion of vaginal birth, shared decision-making and informed consent, and functioning as an active member of the perioperative team.
Attendees learn how to perform immediate pre-op preparation of the client for surgery, and during surgery provide optimal surgical exposure, participate in tissue dissection, ensure hemostasis, perform or facilitate wound closure, and perform other intraoperative functions to assist the surgeon in carrying out a safe operation that optimizes outcomes.
Following the workshop, each participant is responsible to set-up mentored experience at their clinical setting to gain competency in the skills needed to function efficiently, effectively, and with greater confidence as a member of the perioperative maternity care team.
Midwife as Surgical First Assistant Objectives
Midwives are encouraged to consider training to become a surgical first assistant as an expansion to their clinical practice. The Midwife Surgical First Assistant book is the initial step to gaining a foundation in assisting. The subsequent optional examination assesses the knowledge you have gained from studying the book and provides with a certificate of completion. Earning the First Assistant Certificate of Completion is the next step to applying this new expanded skill to your midwifery practice.
Members $699.00 | Non-Member $899.00 | Student $399.00 | Student Non-Member $599.00
10 CE hours (Including 1 RX hour) I Course Instructor(s): Primary: Nicole Olshanski and Lauren Carratu
In addition, to the above registration fee, the following required items are available for purchase in the ACNM Online Learning Center (Login required). Please note that the below are a prerequisite for attending this virtual workshop as you are required to take the exam and obtain a passing grade to participate in the virtual training.
- The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant Exam
- The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant 11/17/2020 Webinar Recording
- The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant Book - Print Edition | Digital Book
- The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant Bundle (11/17/2020 webinar recording, digital book, and exam)
Midwife First Assistant Case Evaluation Form
2022 First Assistant Dates (virtual workshop) - click on the dates below to register:
Thursday, June 23 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Wednesday, June 15
Tuesday, July 26 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, July 19
Tuesday, August 23rd (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, August 16
Tuesday, September 27 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, September 20
Tuesday, October 25 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, October 18
Tuesday, November 15 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, November 8
Tuesday, December 6 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET) – registration closes, Tuesday, November 29
***For this virtual training, all participants are required to be in a stationary location. In addition, registrants will need to have their cameras on for the entire training.
ACNM Annual Meeting in Chicago
Virtual Workshop - The Midwife as a Surgical First Assistant at Cesarean
(8 hours) Full Day - 12 CEs & 1RxCE I Friday, May 20, 2022 I 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM November 15 (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, ET)