Midwifery Challenges - CPD Conference
- : Launceston TAS 7250
Includes: Impact of Alcohol and Other Drugs on the Unborn Baby; Obese Mothers; Pre-eclampsia; Gestational Diabetes; Breastfeeding Troubleshooting and Stress Relief
The modern healthcare landscape and complexities of chronic illness place new demands on the increasingly growing midwifery scope of practice. There is a need for midwives to be informed about latest evidence about a range of clinical and professional issues. This conference is an excellent opportunity for midwives to obtain current information on topical issues affecting their practice and gain CPD hours. Topics include:
- How to deal with the stresses of midwifery
- Impact of Ice and Methamphetamine on the unborn baby
- Compassionate care of addicted mothers
- Obese women in the birthing suite
- Breastfeeding troubleshooting
- Gestational diabetes
- Pre-eclampsia and other types of hypertension
- Beta blockers and other medicines
- And much, much more ...
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8:30AM REGISTRATION FOR DAY ONE
'No Room in the Birth Suite' - Keeping Birth Safe in All Sorts of Places
Women birth outside of traditional birth suites for many reasons, including rising birth numbers and limited birthing beds. This session asks:
- What are the implications for the midwife dealing with birth or the immediate post-partum period in unfamiliar surroundings or with limited equipment?
- What of other hospital staff who may be involved- how can we prepare them for this reality?
- What measures can be taken to maximise safety for all concerned?
Breast Feeding - Is Part Time Good Enough?
Extended breastfeeding has demonstrated beneficial effects on an infant across a range of parameters. However, for a range of reasons full time breastfeeding may not be an option for some women. Latest research shows that even some breastfeeding after three months can be almost as beneficial in terms of protecting the infant from disease as full breastfeeding. This session asks:
- How can we use this evidence to encourage mothers to persist with some breastfeeding rather than stop when problems arise?
- How can you maintain mother’s breast milk production when a baby is also being bottle fed?
10:30 MORNING TEA
High BMI - How to Meet the Challenges of Breastfeeding
Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in women's reproductive life and during the perinatal period. A high BMI can also significantly affect breastfeeding outcomes. This session discusses:
- Why are high-BMI women prone to mammary hypoplasia?
- What are the implications for long-term breastfeeding in these women?
- Ways to overcome breast attachment challenges
- Troubleshooting breastfeeding difficulties
Professor Shaun Brennecke
Pre-Eclampsia - What Are We Learning?
Pre-eclampsia is a common serious disorder associated with pregnancy. It ranges from mild to severe and can result in death. It may lead to pre-term delivery and interventions including labour induction. There is a range of compelling evidence emerging about the causes and consequences of this condition. This session will update you on:
- Review of pre-eclampsia
- What is the possible relationship between pre-eclampsia and blood clots, and why is this significant?
- What does the future look like and what can midwives expect?
1:00PM LUNCH BREAK
Beta Blockers, Magnesium...Anti-hypertensive Medicines
Medicines used to manage hypertension related to pregnancy and perinatal care include a range of actions. Beta-adrenergic blocking agents have been available for many years and new medicines continue to emerge. These pose a range of challenges for midwives, who need to ensure they understand the doses, actions and side effects of these medicines. This session will address the following issues:
- Guidelines for the management of hypertension during pregnancy
- Evidence regarding the efficacy of beta blockers
- Contra-indications and toxicity e.g. teratogenesis
- When comorbidities exist., such as asthma and diabetes
- At what stage should a mother be withdrawn from beta blockers and what are the risks?
- How does magnesium sulphate prevent seizures?
Gestational Diabetes - 2016 Update
According to Diabetes Australia, between 3-8% of pregnant women will develop gestational diabetes and this figure is as high as 15% for women from specific ethnicities. This session will bring you up to speed on a range of issues relating to gestational diabetes. Includes:
- Update on current guidelines on the management of GD
- What are appropriate, evidence-based dietary changes that may improve blood glucose levels?
- What long-term advice should be given to these women?
- How may this affect the overall health of the baby in their later life?
3:45 AFTERNOON TEA
Breastfeeding - So Who Can and Who Cannot Breastfeed?
Not every woman is successful at breastfeeding and there are good reasons For this. However, there are also many myths. This session looks at a range of situations and explains why some women do and some women do not breastfeed. Includes:
- Respecting a mother's choice
- When particular situations exist e.g:
- Mothers with piercings
- Babies of illicit drug-using mothers
- Disabled mothers and babies e.g. Down syndrome, cleft palate
- Women with mastitis, on antibiotics and almost any medication
- Mothers who have weaned and wish to recommence
- Poor muscle tone babies
- Disorganised suck babies
- PKU babies
- Women with severed lactiferous ducts
- Women in intensive care or who are unconscious
4:45 CLOSE OF DAY ONE OF PROGRAM
9:00AM COMMENCEMENT OF DAY TWO
Dr Robyn Brown
Impact of Ice and Methamphetamine on the Unborn Baby
Much debate has centred on the potential that more babies may be born who are addicted to this drug. Compounding this, other toxins such as cigarette smoke are known to also significantly affect the embryo. This can cause untold damage to the unborn baby as research indicates meth addicts are likely to be heavy smokers. This session looks at:
- What is known about the impact of ice on the unborn baby and how does this compare with other illicit substances?
- How is this likely to affect their long-term function?
- What impact do other toxins have on the baby?
- What does this all mean for prognosis?
- What can nurses and other health practitioners do to avert this tragedy?
Compassionate Care of Chemically-Dependent Mothers
When a woman who has an addiction is viewed in a disdainful manner by those who care for her, no matter how covertly, this can result in rejection of the care offered. The impact on both the mother and her baby can form a barrier separating the midwife or nurse from the delivery of needed education and care. This session looks at some of challenges and solutions for caring for chemically-dependent mothers. Includes:
- How can family-centred care be practically achieved?
- What teaching strategies help promote mother involvement and keep engagement levels high?
- Building bridges with women who are addicted
- The power of unconditional positive regard...
10:30 MORNING TEA
Settling Agitated Babies - Recipes for Success
One of the primary concerns of any new mother, aside from breastfeeding, often relates to settling a newborn. Midwives across any setting have enormous potential to begin to educate new mothers and fathers on the art of settling babies. This practical session revisits this somewhat forgotten topic, with a focus on settling agitated or unsettled babes. Topics include:
- Why do babies cry and how can mothers learn what is normal and what is not?
- What constitutes persistent crying and when is this a cause for concern?
- Controlled crying - good or bad?
- 5 top tips for settling agitated babies including parental support
Difficulties Associated with Obese Women Giving Birth
Obesity has become a concerning and prevalent health problem in Australia and is an important risk factor in women's reproductive life and during the perinatal period. Where obesity is entrenched how can the midwife adapt to the needs of the mother to ensure best outcomes are met for the mother and baby? This session looks at:
- How are higher rates of obesity affecting traditional midwifery practices?
- What are some of the current challenges facing referral centres for women with a BMI greater than 43?
- What now constitutes routine care for mothers who are obese?
- What are the implications for ante-natal checks?
- Consideration of postpartum complications e.g. assessment of fundus
12:30PM LUNCH BREAK
Practical Personal Safety when Working with Obese Women
Alongside the need for specialised care of the mother who is obese is the need for midwives to adapt to the physical challenges of looking after women with high or extremely high BMI. The purpose of this practical session is to bring you up to speed on some of the manual handling and environmental considerations related to obese mothers so as to maximise your safety and minimise risk to mothers and yourself. Discussion includes:
- Optimal positions for birthing - how can they be achieved?
- Equipment and environmental considerations - what solves problems?
- Troubleshooting challenging clinical scenarios e.g. epidurals and emergency surgical procedures
- Occupational safety, manual handling and self-care for midwives
Doing a U-Turn on Breech Birthing?
Vaginal breech birth has always been associated with complexity. It is one indication for Caesarian section but this is not always the case. However, uncomplicated term breech deliveries are under the spotlight and considered a reasonable option where there are no contraindications and where the correct criteria is followed. This session reviews:
- What has current evidence discovered about planned vaginal breech birth?
- What assessment criteria confirm it is an uncomplicated vaginal breech birth?
3:15 AFTERNOON TEA
Mindfulness in Midwifery
Work-related stress is a common challenge for midwives today. Unresolved stress can lead to a decrease in assessment skills and decision-making, and can affect relationships with colleagues, mothers and babies. Mindfulness offers a way of decreasing stress by focusing our attention, regulating our emotions, and increasing compassion for self and others. Evidence suggests that a calmer, more compassionate and collaborative workplace may be achieved by applying mindfulness skills.
This final interactive session introduces you to a variety of mindfulness skills which can be used immediately and includes the following:
- The effects of unresolved stress
- What is mindfulness?
- How to focus attention on what needs to be done right now
- How to accept emotions and decrease reactivity
- How to increase compassion for self and others
- Creating a calmer birthing experience
4:30 CLOSE OF DAY TWO OF PROGRAM
The Goal Need for Program
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 practice setting. The context in which midwives practise is increasingly complex and makes demands on their 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 the gaps of knowledge which emerge.
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 which will improve the health and safety of mother and baby
Promote preventive health care to women with pregnancy-related medical conditions to reduce complications of childbirth
Deliver compassionate care to a women who have challenges associated with the perinatal experience
Improve the likelihood of successful breastfeeding to women whose situation is compromised
To Be Determined
Dr Robyn Brown is an Addictions Neuroscientist and a National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Peter Doherty Fellow, at Florey ... Read More
Heather Harris is a highly experienced midwife with a Master of Midwifery and Lactation Consultant (IBCLC. Accredited) qualifications. Heather has ... Read More
Anna O’Connell has been a midwife and nurse for many years, and currently works facilitating the Graduate Midwife Program for ... Read More
Professor Shaun Brennecke is the Director, Department of Perinatal Medicine, and Head of its Pregnancy Research Centre at the Royal ...Read More
Hao Vo-Tran is currently the Medicines Information and Publications Pharmacist at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne. In this capacity, she ... Read More
Maggie is a Registered Nurse and a Credentialled Diabetes Educator who works at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute ...Read More
Michele Meehan is a Maternal and Child Health Nurse currently working in her private practice, 'Parenting Matters', who now lectures ... Read More
Monique Vermeulen has worked as a midwife for many years in a large tertiary hospital in Melbourne in the areas ... Read More
Dr Beattie is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University, Victoria. Jill is also a mindfulness-based emotional fitness ...Read More
Karyn Smith is a Clinical Midwife Consultant at the Sunshine Hospital. ... Read More