Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
- : Perth WA 6000
Modern midwifery is increasingly demanding. Rapid social changes and new evidence are affecting the way that midwives practice. Attend this annual Ausmed Education event to explore some of these challenges. Take time out to network with like-minded colleagues. Learn about:
- The power of using best available evidence
- New clinical practices that enhance mother and baby outcomes
- Practical tips to enhance your professional wellbeing
- How to prevent stress, burnout and compassion fatigue and much, much more…
Ausmed Education’s Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conferences are always highly evaluated and very popular. They are relevant to all midwives working in any setting and offer you a wonderful opportunity to ensure your knowledge does not slip. Don’t miss out - book now!
Schedule Day One
8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
A Healthy Pregnancy, A Healthy Baby
We now know that life inside the womb is a critical period for the metabolic 'programming' of obesity in later life. A mother's weight at the time of conception and subsequent weight gain from early to late pregnancy profoundly influences the infant’s birth weight and future risk of becoming overweight. The nutritional status of a woman before and during pregnancy plays a vital role in foetal growth and development. This session will look at how through diet, exercise and healthy planning we can work with women to improve their pregnancy experience and future quality of life for themselves and their baby. Includes:
- What are the basic principles of healthy eating during pregnancy?
- A brief look at nutrition in the face of morning sickness, gestational diabetes, low energy or obesity
- Other approaches to promote general health before, during and after pregnancy
Not Another Lactation Lecture!
Over time, the mantra of 'breast is best' has evolved. But as midwives, do we take into account the struggles that some women may face in pursuit of this goal? What do midwives need in order to meet the early challenges, particularly in the hospital setting? Some mothers describe being tormented by the pressures to breast-feed. This idea that 'breast is best' circulates within parenting groups and maternity units and can ignite feelings of anxiety in mothers who are finding breast-feeding traumatic. Modern mothers face the often competing pressures of desiring to give their baby the very best nutritional start, whilst also attempting to meet the clinical feeding requirements demanded by hospital protocols. This can result in significant stresses. This session will discuss the midwife’s role in supporting a mother who is struggling to breast-feed. Discussion includes:
- 'Breast is best' should be replaced by 'potential risks of no breast-milk feeding'
- If breast is really best how can we help mitigate the early maternal emotional stress so common among new mothers?
- What effect does conflicting advice have on mothers, staff and breast-feeding success?
- Developing supportive and non-judgmental skills for the mother who cannot breast-feed or is experiencing undersupply
- How can we better educate and support mothers who may need to make different choices?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - Assessment and Treatment
It is vital that midwives are aware of the importance of assessing and managing a neonate who is withdrawing from illicit substances as a result of maternal use. If a baby is withdrawing they may develop neonatal abstinence syndrome. Correct assessment is imperative. Topics include:
- Signs and symptoms of NAS
- Withdrawal period and average length of recovery
- How to complete NAS scoring and why this is needed
- Treatment of NAS affected babies
Pelvic Floor, Continence and Pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a time when stress incontinence develops. This can be due to hormonal changes combined with pressure on the pelvic floor. However, education and information can significantly assist women at this time and may even prevent longer term bladder problems. This session looks at evidence underpinning strategies and interventions for minimising trauma to a woman’s pelvic floor and subsequent issues relating to continence as a result of childbirth. Includes:
- What happens to the pelvic floor during vaginal delivery?
- Review of causes of stress incontinence associated with pregnancy
- How to effectively and quickly assess pelvic floor function
- Educating women about pelvic floor strengthening exercises
1:00PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Preventing Surgical Site Infections Post Caesarean Sections
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a potential and costly complication associated with undergoing a caesarean section. This session looks at SSI prevention, assessment and clinical management of SSI and dehisced wounds in women following caesarean sections. Includes:
- What are the risk factors for SSI and dehiscence of a wound?
- How can these risk factors be minimised?
- Clinical assessment and management of SSI and dehisced wounds
2.45 AFTERNOON TEA
Back to Basics - How to Teach Breastfeeding
As midwives there is much to understand and know when supporting a mother who is breast-feeding her baby. In the twenty-first century there are many differing opinions and advice may change from midwife to midwife. This session will highlight the importance of understanding the basics of breast-feeding, why it is imperative that the correct techniques are being taught and how a mother's needs can be simply met by healthcare providers. Topics include:
- What are the basics of breast-feeding?
- What is 'SYPNCY' and how should you apply this to enhancing breast-feeding?
- What are practical tips to help a midwife support a mother through the learning-to-breast-feed stage?
4:00 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF CONFERENCE
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dr. Tamara Hunter
From Fertility Challenges to Pregnancy...
Parents who have had a difficult time conceiving or have a condition affecting fertility may experience a complex pregnancy. When a history of these difficulties are present, surgical or lifestyle interventions may need to be introduced. Not only must these changes happen but the pregnancy experience may be fraught with anxiety and increased follow-up appointments. This introductory session will look at the range of complexities and challenges faced by women and men who have a fertility issue and are either trying to have a baby or are currently pregnant. Includes:
- What are the most common conditions that affect fertility and why?
- What options are available to families?
- How does an IVF pregnancy compare to pregnancy not requiring reproductive assistance?
- Complications, considerations and challenges - how may midwifery practice need to change to adapt to these factors?
Maternal Depression and Medications
Maternal depression can have a harmful and enduring impact on an infant and of course affect a mother, her partner and family. A careful and balanced assessment must consider the consequences of untreated depression against potential foetal or child health risks. This session will include:
- What is the impact of maternal depression?
- Basic pharmacotherapy review of common antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications
- Which of these medicines are safe during pregnancy?
- What about during breast-feeding?
- If there is a potential harm to the baby, when does treatment of the mother's mental health override this?
10:45 MORNING TEA
Supportive Environments for a Healthy Start to Life – Alcohol, Pregnancy and FASD
Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder occurs in all parts of Australian society where alcohol is consumed. It has lifelong consequences and may not be seen at birth. It is extremely costly to our health, education, disability and justice systems and the personal costs to families living with FASD are enormous. Prevention is critical and early recognition and therapy will minimise the adverse outcomes often seen. This session will look at:
- Facts about alcohol use in pregnancy
- Alcohol use in pregnancy – asking the question and brief interventions
- Alcohol use while breastfeeding
- What is FASD?
- Diagnosis, and therapy and support
1:15PM LUNCH AND NETWORKING
Liquid Gold? - The Booming Breast-Milk Market
In today's world of technology the ability to access donated breast-milk is becoming increasingly common. There are now websites committed to buying, selling and donating breast-milk. How might this type of transaction work in the real world of midwifery? Is this a positive change to be encouraged or is there room for potential error? This session will discuss the growth of the breast-milk market that isn’t always traditional. Includes:
- Is there a screening process to donate breast-milk?
- Are there ethical considerations we need to be mindful of?
- Is this something we should be supporting and promoting within Australia?
- Historically, breast-feeding by someone other than the mother has been common. Only since the twentieth century has formula-feeding been 'safe' enough to be used widely. What has caused many to reject formula in favour of donated human milk?
- What is the role of Milk Banks?
2:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Ignorance is Not Bliss - Your Duty of Care as a Midwife
A key feature of criminal law is Ignorance of the Law. This means that being unaware that a particular act is actually a criminal offence is not a viable defence. Of particular relevance to midwives is the notion of Omission or failing to act when a recognised duty of care exists. This final session looks at the concept of 'duty of care' and illustrates some key examples where midwives have failed in their duty of care.
4:00 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE AND EVALUATIONS
The Goal Need for Program
In recent years birthing has increased in Australia. It is inevitable that there are gaps in the knowledge of many midwives in relation to latest research and the emerging issues that face them in the current practice setting. The context in which midwives practice is increasingly complex and making demands on the ever-expanding scope of practice. The link between education and the provision of quality care to mothers and their babies is indisputable. A broad range of education relating to contemporary midwifery practice will assist in closing gaps in knowledge and practice.
Purpose of Program
This conference provides a broad range of education relevant to midwifery practice that will enhance the provision of quality care to mothers and babies.
Your learning outcomes:
Apply evidence-based knowledge about several clinical aspects of midwifery care including breastfeeding which will improve the health and safety of mother and baby
Monitor the mother and baby during the perinatal period taking into consideration conditions that impact on best possible outcomes
Deliver compassionate care to a woman who has challenges associated with the perinatal experience
Provide midwifery care that is mindful of personal safety for yourself, a mother and her baby
Carole Parker, APD. AN., is a Perth-based accredited dietitian who works at Women's Health and Family Services, Northbridge, Nourish Health ... Read More
Renate has been a Nurse and Midwife for 30 years and since 2009 is employed as the Specialist Drug and ... Read More
Mary King has been involved with continence management in nursing since 1987. In 1988 she was awarded a nursing fellowship ... Read More
Liz Howse is a Nurse Practitioner specialising in wound management. ... Read More
Heather Harris (BN Deakin, MMid LaTrobe) first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of ... Read More
Tamara Lebedevs is a Senior Pharmacist, Women’s and Newborn Health Service at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH). Tamara has 25 ... Read More
Jacinta Freeman has an academic background in nursing, midwifery, health promotion and public health. She worked in regional and remote ... Read More
Wendy Meggison graduated in 2002 with First Class Honours in Law and also obtained a Masters in Medical Law and ... Read More
Tamara Hunter completed an Exercise Science degree in 1996, graduating with first class Honours. She worked as an Exercise Physiologist ... Read More
To Be Determined