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Certificate in Perinatal Issues

Certificate in Perinatal Issues

$129.00 (USD)

Offered in partnership with Massachusetts Bay Community College



A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work? Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

Week 1
Lesson 01 - 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 goal of this course is to provide an overview 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.

Lesson 02 - 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 health-care 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 goal of this course is to provide an overview of culture and its effect on childbirth, examine cultural practices in childbirth, and describe the components of cultural competence.

Week 2
Lesson 03 - 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 rates. The health-care provider is key to patient education, early assessment and diagnosis, and the proper treatment of this serious condition.

The goal of this course is to provide health-care practitioners with an overview of the incidence of ectopic pregnancy, describe risk factors associated with the condition, identify the signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, and describe the diagnostic and treatment options for women with ectopic pregnancies.

Lesson 04 - 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 goal of this course is to provide health-care providers with an overview of HG, discuss the epidemiology and etiology of this condition, identify its maternal and fetal effects, list associated risk factors, and examine diagnostic and treatment options for women suffering from this syndrome.

Week 3
Lesson 05 - Perinatal Issues: 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. These disorders are present in up to 22% of pregnancies. Health care 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 goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an understanding of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, including the pathophysiology, classifications, and symptoms. In addition, steps for managing the patient and medications for treating these disorders will be presented. Finally, the HELLP syndrome will also be discussed.

Lesson 06 - Perinatal Issues: Diabetes in Pregnancy

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

The goal of this course is to provide the health care professional with an overview of diabetes, the types of diabetes, and the metabolic changes that occur during diabetic pregnancies. The signs and symptoms of pregestational and gestational diabetes will be discussed, and treatment options (including diet, exercise, and medication) will be addressed. New treatment options will also be explored.

Week 4
Lesson 07 - Perinatal Issues: 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 goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an overview of this disease. Topics covered include its incidence, consequences, risk factors, and types. The latest recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are also presented.

Lesson 08 - Perinatal Issues: 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 goal of this course is to provide the health care professional with an understanding of the types of postpartum depression disorders, as well as their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment options.

Week 5
Lesson 09 - 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 health care providers.

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of PAHT, also called "shaken baby syndrome." The epidemiology, risk factors, physical signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and prevention strategies are discussed.
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