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The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant

The Midwife as Surgical First Assistant
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.

2022 First Assistant Dates (virtual workshop) - click on the dates below to register:
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


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.

Additional Resources:
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Midwife First Assistant Case Evaluation Form

***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.

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