Certificate in Perinatal Issues

Certificate in Perinatal Issues

Distinguish yourself as a skilled professional in perinatal care. This course will enhance your ability to care for and support childbearing women, newborns, and families with information on cultural influences as well as common problems and risk factors you will experience in this field.
6 Weeks Access / 20 Course Hrs
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Details

Caring for mothers and infants requires a multidisciplinary, and culturally appropriate, approach to ensure they and their families are provided with effective, compassionate care and support. Understanding clinical issues, such as diabetes, hypertension disorders in pregnancy, ectopic pregnancy, postpartum depression, pediatric abusive head trauma, and others are essential to the safe, professional care of mothers and infants. In addition, understanding the global issues faced by childbearing women and their families is critical to ensuring the health and well-being of this population.

The outcome of this certificate is for the learner to describe important clinical, cultural, and global aspects of care of childbearing women, newborns, and families. (20 contact hours)

Expiration Date: 10/21/2021

(Next date of course revision)

Accreditation:

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in all states.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS (CNAs) & CERTIFIED HEMODIALYSIS TECHNICIANS (CHTs)

The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.

CERTIFIED MANAGED CARE NURSE (CMCN)

The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).

DIABETES EDUCATORS

ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). NCBDE does not approve continuing education.

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ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #107194).

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 Weeks Access Course Code: 0pi
Start Dates*Aug 12 | Sep 16 | Oct 14 | Nov 11
*Choose start date in cart
$120.00 USD
Self-Paced
3 Months Access Course Code: T9671
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$120.00 USD

Syllabus

Poverty, scarce education, poor economic opportunities, gender discrimination, and unjust laws challenge the advancement of women's health around the world. These factors restrict access to important health services and the education women need to improve their lives and the lives of their children and community. When a priority is placed on women's health concerns, women's rights, and empowerment, immense improvements in the health and well-being of women and their children result.

An intimate and complex experience, childbirth reflects a woman's biology as well as the social context in which delivery takes place. The experience of every woman is unique to her and deeply personal because of the culture in which she gives birth and the culture with which she identifies herself. Today's healthcare professional must provide a level of care that meets the guidelines of cultural competence and respects different cultural values and belief systems to assure that patients will be truly cared for in a holistic way that advocates for them appropriately, thoughtfully, and sensitively.

Ectopic pregnancies are a gynecological emergency that can seriously affect a woman's health and fertility. However, new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition have resulted in greatly improved maternal mortality and morbidity. The healthcare provider is key to patient education, early assessment and diagnosis, and the proper treatment of this serious condition.

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition affecting thousands of pregnant women each year. More severe than morning sickness, HG can affect every aspect of a woman's life. With early recognition and treatment, however, this condition can be effectively managed.

Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (previously called pregnancy-induced hypertension or PIH) are complex and serious conditions of pregnancy, which, if untreated or improperly treated, can result in maternal and fetal complications including death. Healthcare providers must have a working knowledge of the pathophysiology of these conditions as well as the classifications of the disease and the recommended treatment modalities in order to provide safe and effective care.

Diabetes during pregnancy can provide a special challenge to the patient and her healthcare providers. The effects of poorly controlled blood glucose levels can result in life-threatening effects for both the mother and the fetus.

Great strides have been made in preventing and treating neonatal group B streptococcal infection during the last 20 years, especially with the use of prophylactic antibiotics during labor. In addition, the development of rapid detection tests and a vaccine look promising.

For most women, the birth of a baby is a joyous and exciting time. However, for some women, childbirth is accompanied by depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, and even suicide. Depression following the delivery of an infant can take three basic forms—postpartum blues, postpartum psychosis, and postpartum depression. All three types can profoundly affect the lives of women and their families.

The prevention of child maltreatment, particularly the reduction of abusive injuries and their consequences, is an important public health concern. Even when they do not result in death, serious traumatic brain injuries in children have profound lifetime consequences. The crime of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) is a preventable and severe form of child abuse. In the United States, child abuse is the third leading cause of all head injuries, and its prevention and treatment present a challenge to healthcare providers.

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Java. Click here to download Java.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, accreditation consultation, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.

Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.

Reviews

I thought that this course was very educational. I feel it will be very helpful when working with patients.

This course was very helpful in learning more about the issues focused in this course. Since I currently work at an OBGYN office, it will be easy to use what I have learned.

Thanks for an informative course. It was exactly what I needed for my current patient population. I feel more prepared to answer questions about the various topics that were covered.

I will now be able to care for the OB patients I work with on a daily basis with more knowledge and understanding of the various tests we require during their pregnancies. I will be able to give clear and concise answers to their questions and help them understand the reasoning behind the tests done for them. I also feel more prepared to recognized symptoms of PPD when interacting with the postpartum patient and will be able to help them receive the treatment they need by being an advocate for them.

I compiled a lot of important information in a learner friendly model. I am more confident in these topics and the patient care required.

I really enjoyed learning the material!

Overall I learned a lot in this course and feel more aware of the therapies that are around and can make sound judgments on what's relevant to a client's care.

This course was very helpful in learning more specifically on the issues focused in this course and since I currently work at an OBGYN office. It will be much easier to use what I have learned where I work!

Thanks. I enjoyed the course! It was very helpful for where I work now!

An enjoyable and personally challenging experience. This is my first online course and I would certainly consider doing more online courses in the future.

As a prospective Nursing and Midwifery student, I found the information in this course to be insightful and educational about current issues in the health care field. I feel that completing this course has strengthened my course applications and has given me a head start on understanding some of the major issues that are faced in this field.

I will be able to care for the OB patients I work with on a daily basis with more knowledge and understanding of the various tests we require during their pregnancies. I will be able to give clear and concise answers to their questions and help them understand better the reasoning behind the tests done for them. I also feel more prepared to recognized symptoms of PPD when interacting with the postpartum patient and to be able to participate in helping them receive the treatment they may need by being an advocate for them.