Presentation Information

Nell Tharpe

Suturing Skills For Midwifery Practice

  • Speaker: Nell Tharpe , MS CNM, CRNFA, FACNM
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 ACM CPD, 1 ACNM CEU, 0.1 Midwifery CEU

Birth tears occur in up to 70% of women giving birth vaginally. Birthing women expect their care providers to be skilled and confident in their ability to assess tears and perform repair when it's needed. Suturing and perineal repair is a complex skill set that requires multiple learning opportunities to develop the skill needed to suture with confidence. This session will explore ways to enhance manual dexterity and the ability to visually identify and approximate anatomic structures. We'll talk about how to perform an effective wound closure, and actively master the skills required for systematic wound evaluation and anatomic re-approximation of tissues. This session focuses on the equipment, supplies, and technical skills used during suturing of the pelvic floor after birth, recommendations for simulation and practice, and the importance of these skills to women after birth.