Workshop Details

Repair of Birth Lacerations at Community Birth

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This virtual workshop builds on core competencies for suturing, knot-tying, and repair of birth lacerations, and provides an opportunity to expand and refine your skills. This course is generally held on the 3rd Friday of the month, 9am - 4pm Eastern (check calendar for specific dates).  Education and simulation are combined so that everyone learns by doing. If you are a student, please take the Student Perineal Repair workshop.

This program provides (9) CE hours. As part of this workshop participants will receive a suturing model, suturing instruments, and suture. Also included with registration is access to instructional videos prior to and for 3 months after the workshop, and simulation and mentoring on the scheduled workshop dates. 

Workshop Registration:
Workshop registration is on Eventbrite. Click here for upcoming workshop dates & registration.
Registration closes two weeks before event begins to allow time for supplies to arrive.

There is 1 Reparations Ticket per session for a Black or Indigenous midwife whose ancestors were affected by historic enslavement or genocide. Ticket cost is $19.50 (10% of full ticket price) and includes all materials.

There is 1 Pay-What-You-Can-Ticket so that financial need is not a barrier to attending. Financial documentation is not required. Recommended minimum donation is $50 to partially cover the cost of materials and shipping ($75 value). In determining what to pay for a Pay-What-You-Can-Ticket, consider your own financial situation as well as acknowledging the cost of materials and the services of your midwife educator. Just as I will encourage you not to undervalue your own midwifery skills in practice, so too I encourage you to recognize the value and the opportunity we offer that supports midwives while we earn a living.

Midwives of Color discount:
All self-described BIPOC may receive a 15% discount. Use code: MOCEquity
Membership discounts: ACNM, NACPM members may receive a 10% discount. Use the appropriate code for you: ACNMMember; NACPMMember.
Student discount: Current students may receive a 35% discount. Use code: MWStudent.
HOW TO USE DISCOUNT CODES: The blue link to enter your promo code in Eventbrite is located at the top of the first screen shown when checking out, above the ‘Tickets’ heading. You'll need to know the code and enter it before you choose your ticket and check-out. The link to enter your promo code is located at the top of the first screen shown when checking out, above the ‘Tickets’ heading. You'll need to know the code to submit. For membership discounts, your Membership number is required.
One discount allowed per purchase.

What you'll need for the workshop:
-The Zoom app. Students show me their actions during the simulation. We send the Zoom link shortly before the workshop.
-A quiet room with a fairly large table to work on
-A computer with built in or separate webcam and mic
-A cut of meat for the tissue model: The best cuts of meat are a beef pot roast that is square in shape (i.e bulky, not flat) or a turkey breast. Beef tongue is what I usually use; I get them from a butcher shop, and they are often not available in the grocery store. I don’t recommend chicken as it’s too tender. You can also use pork tenderloin, but again it’s very soft.
-A disposable scalpel or sharp knife to make the lacerations
-Chux, gloves, tape (you will want to secure your foam & fabric model so it doesn’t slip).

We’ll make the models together, so everyone has the support they need. Click here to access the Resource Pages: Suturing Resource Page; Perineal Repair Resource Page. The better prepared you are for the workshop the more you will be able to get out of it. Feel free to make a list of questions in advance of the workshop.

Workshop Schedule  (Times shifted for workshops scheduled to begin at 12pm)
7:30 Workshop Log-in
7:45 Welcome and Introductions
8:00 Suturing in midwifery practice
8:05 Instruments, sutures and needles for birth repairs
8:20 Instrument handling
8:45Suturing techniques for birth repairs (simulation and discussion)
9:00 Surgical knots: instrument and one-handed ties
9:30 Sterile fields
9:45Topical and local anesthesia
  10:00 Break
10:15 The birthing person’s right to perineal integrity
10:20 Learning the anatomy: landmarks and midwifery assessments
10:30 Technique for repair of second-degree lacerations (demonstration)
10:40 Simulated suturing of tears (foam & fabric or tissue models)
11:50 Skin glue, seaweed, Manuka honey
11:55 Closing; Evaluations and CE certificates sent via e-mail