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ed2go Health and Fitness Wellness Certificate in Perinatal Issues
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Certificate in Perinatal Issues

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)

6 Weeks / 20 Course Hrs
Starting October 14, 2020

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Starting October 14 | November 11

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Certificate in Perinatal Issues

Details + Objectives

Course Code: 0pi

What You Will Learn
  • Explain differences in the childbirth practices, beliefs, and traditions of various cultures.
  • Discuss issues of global perinatal health, including malnutrition, gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, and methods for improving the global health of women and children.
  • Discuss the health impacts of diabetes in pregnancy.
  • Explain the clinical issues surrounding hyperemesis gravidarum.
  • Discuss the recognition, treatment, and prevention of pediatric abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome).
  • Discuss the wide-ranging impacts of postpartum depression on the mother, infant, and family.
  • Explain the clinical issues surrounding the detection, treatment, and prevention of neonatal Group B streptococcal infection.
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6-12 weeks to complete
  • 20 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn how cultural influences childbirth including practices, beliefs, and traditions.
  • Examine the effects of diabetes, hypertensive disorders, ectopic pregnancy, and postpartum depression affect the perinatal period.
  • Examine the causes, consequences, treatment, and prevention options for pediatric abusive head trauma ("shaken baby syndrome").
  • Explore perinatal health from a global perspective, including the importance of maternal and child health on the overall health and well-being of communities.
  • Discover ways to improve your total health and well-being and positively impact your life and the life of your family.
  • Learn new information that can help you prepare for a career in many areas of health (including health education, public health, nursing, medicine, social work, environmental health, or health coaching) as well as other fields (such as law, political science, advocacy, etc.).
  • Enhance your professional marketability with training specific to the topics covered.
  • Build knowledge and competencies needed to advance your career and/or improve your personal health and well-being.
  • Fulfill continuing education and/or national certification requirements.


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Perinatal Health—A Global Perspective

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the scope of global perinatal issues, including the extent of the problem; maternal, newborn, and child health issues; the global impact of maternal and child health on communities; and initiatives for improving perinatal health worldwide.

Childbirth and Culture—Practices, Beliefs, and Traditions

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the role of culture and its effect on childbirth, explain cultural practices in childbirth, and describe the components of cultural competence.

Ectopic Pregnancy

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the incidence of ectopic pregnancy, risk factors associated with the condition, signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, and the diagnostic and treatment options for women with ectopic pregnancies.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe HG, including its maternal and fetal effects, associated risk factors, and diagnostic and treatment options.

Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, including the pathophysiology, classifications, symptoms, and management of these disorders.

Diabetes in Pregnancy

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the types of diabetes, the metabolic changes that occur during diabetic pregnancies, and treatment options (including diet, exercise, and medication).

Prevention of Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Infection

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to discuss the incidence, consequences, risk factors, and treatments for neonatal group B streptococcal infections.

Postpartum Depression

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 outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the types of postpartum depression disorders, as well as their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)

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.

The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe PAHT (also called "shaken baby syndrome"), including the epidemiology, risk factors, physical signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and prevention strategies.

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Instructors & Support

Cyndie Koopsen

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

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.




There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 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 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.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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


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When can I get started?

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.   

Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.  

How does it work?

Each lesson will finish with a final exam that must be passed with a score of 80% or higher. You can retake each Exam as many times as needed to pass within the duration of your course access. There are no quizzes or a cumulative final exam. 

Instructor-Led: You will have access to all lessons at the start of your course, and an instructor available if you have any questions.  

Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. An instructor is not available for assistance within this course. 

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

You can complete each lesson at your own pace. There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within your course access period. You must complete the mandatory course evaluation within the duration of your course to access your certificate of completion.

What if I need an extension?

Instructor-Led: An automatic 10-day extension is provided immediately after the session end date. No further extension can be provided beyond these 10 days.   

Self-Paced: No extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.  

When will I receive my certificate?

You must complete all lessons to receive your certificate. You must pass the final exam in all lessons with a score of 80% or higher AND complete the Evaluation Form in order to receive your Certificate of Completion. Finals are graded as Pass or No Pass. Receipt of your certificate indicates successful completion of the course and that you have passed all final exams with a score of 80% or greater. You may retake final exams as many times as necessary within the duration of the course at no additional charge.

Will I be awarded continuing education hours for this course?

Yes. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for CE contact hours in all states, however, all healthcare providers are responsible for checking the "Accreditation" list to determine if this course awards contact hours for their profession.

Is the course accredited?

Yes. 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) and 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 ( NCBDE does not approve continuing education.

NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors)

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

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