About the Program
The Perinatal Education Program is a joint program of the Division of Continuing Medical Education - College of Medicine and Continuing Education and Development for Nurses - College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan.
The purpose of the Perinatal Education Program is to promote optimal perinatal outcomes based on evidence-informed care and to identify, facilitate and evaluate continuing education and professional development for physicians, nurses, midwives and other health care professionals providing care to mothers and their newborns.
The objectives of the Perinatal Education Program are to:
- Promote the maintenance of competence of perinatal health care providers throughout Saskatchewan by providing educational programs and consultation services.
- Provide professional education to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity.
- Support a comprehensive, coordinated approach to perinatal health care and education in the province.
- Promote family-centred maternity & newborn care.
- Collaborate with other health organizations to promote public education leading to optimal perinatal outcomes.
The Perinatal Education Program plans and delivers educational programming covering obstetrical and neonatal care. The program works on a number of courses, projects and initiatives with Perinatal Outreach Education, Saskatchewan Health Authority to promote distributive learning pertaining to perinatal care and respond to needs on a provincial basis, including rural and remote locations in Saskatchewan.
The Perinatal Education Program Coordinator can assist with planning or will provide on request:
- group learning activities
- consultation with individuals, groups, facilities and health regions
- information about best practice, policies and procedures, equipment and documentation
Fetal Health Surveillance Course
Offered on request by facilities
The Fetal Health Surveillance (FHS) course was designed by the Canadian Perinatal Programs Coalition of Canada to meet the need for evidence-based, interprofessional education in fetal health surveillance. The course content reflects the recommendations provided by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC) Fetal Health Surveillance: Antepartum and Intrapartum Consensus Guideline (2007). The course consists of three components:
1. Pre-study of the "Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual" accessed through the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine - Division of Continuing Professional Development.
Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance – Self-Learning Online Manual, UBC CPD. Link to Overview, skills gained and links to registration:
2. Successful completion of the Online Exam following review of the Online Manual.
3. Participation at an FHS interprofessional face-to-face workshop with a focus on integrating knowledge to clinical practice through interactive cases in intermittent auscultation and electronic fetal monitoring. Strategies to improve outcomes and reduce the risk of adverse events through effective team communication is emphasized throughout the face-to-face workshop.
Upon completion of the FHS Face-to-Face Workshop, learners will be able to:
- Integrate the concepts of fetal health surveillance in the management of the laboring and antenatal patient
- Apply current recommendations for fetal health surveillance, using intermittent auscultation and electronic fetal monitoring, to clinical scenarios of using a case-based approach.
- Discuss appropriate interventions in response to assessment findings within the context of the clinical
- Formulate strategies for effective interprofessional and team communication and documentation to improve fetal / newborn outcomes and reduce adverse events.
4. Course length varies from 3 – 7 hours depending on the learner’s needs.
Family physicians, midwives, nurses, obstetricians and students / residents in these disciplines
Cost of the course:
- Pre-study of the "Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual" for study and ongoing reference purposes:
- No charge.
- Completion of the "Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Online Exam:
- $30.00 CDN for Residents of Canada
- $125.00 CDN for International Learners
- Bulk exam purchases of 25 are available; contact UBC CPD registration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-675-3777.
- Face-to-Face Workshop:
- 225.00 (GST exempt)
- Fetal Health Surveillance Online Manual Completion
- Up to 8.0 Mainpro+ / MOC Section 3 Credits awarded by the Faculty of Medicine, UBC CPD Learning
- Midwives and Nurses can use participation in the course as part of their yearly continuing competence programs
- FHS Face-to-Face Workshop:
- 1.0 Mainpro+ / MOC credits/per hour
- Midwives and Nurses can use participation in the course as part of their yearly continuing competency programs.
Best Practices in Intrapartum Care Workshop – 2-days
Offered on request by facilities or health regions
Best Practices in Intrapartum Care is a two day workshop for providers of maternal newborn care whose current clinical practice includes the care of labouring women. Participants review maternal assessment in labour, comfort measures and supportive care, management of labour, managing the birth in the absence of the primary care provider, shoulder dystocia and obstetric emergencies. Participants have an opportunity to discuss guidelines for clinical practice and legal issues in perinatal care. The workshop also provides participants with small group sessions that use a 'hands-on' approach to facilitate learning.
The target audience for the course is Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who work with pregnant and labouring women, however physicians are also welcome to attend as an update. The course also provides an introduction to intrapartum care for those physicians in which obstetrics was not included as a component of their undergraduate medical curriculum.
Essentials in Obstetrical Care Workshop - 1-day workshop
Offered on request for facilities
Essentials in Obstetrical Care provides staff with the basic knowledge and skills to provide safe obstetrical and newborn care on an emergent, episodic basis in facilities in which planned, elective obstetrical services are not provided. The course can also serve as an update for care providers who work in facilities that provide services for low risk mothers and at relatively low volumes. The course includes:
- Maternal Assessments in Labour, including practice skills stations using teaching models for abdominal palpation and vaginal examination
- Fetal Health Surveillance – Intermittent Auscultation and Practice Exercises
- Management of the delivery in the absence of the Primary Care Provider - including practice skills stations
- Post Delivery Stabilization of Mother & Infant
- Key Complications you need to know about: preterm labour, hypertension, postpartum hemorrhage and shoulder dystocia
- Overview of Post-partum and Newborn Care
The target audience for the course is Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses who work with pregnant and labouring women, however physicians are also welcome to attend as an update. The course also provides an introduction to intrapartum care for those physicians in which obstetrics was not included as a component of their undergraduate medical curriculum. The course content can be adapted in response to the learning needs of the participants and the facility / Health Region.
Management of the Emergency Delivery – 4 ½ hours
Offered on request for facilities
Management of Emergency Delivery is a 4 ½ hour workshop which provides staff with the basic knowledge and skills to safely provide care to women who present to the emergency room in advanced labour and where planned, elective obstetrical services are not provided. The course covers:
- Rapid Assessment of the Labouring Patient.
- Management of the Delivery in the Absence of the Primary Care Provider including practice skills stations.
- Post Delivery Stabilization of Mother & Infant.
The target audience is registered nurses and LPNs in facilities where they may be required to provide care for pregnant and labouring women on an emergent basis. It can also be opened up to EMS staff at your discretion.
S.T.A.B.L.E. Assessment and Stabilization Care of Sick Newborns Post-Resuscitation & Pre-Transport
The 2-day S.T.A.B.L.E workshop (http://www.stableprogram.org/ was developed for health care professionals who provide post-resuscitation and pre-transport care to sick newborns. The goal of this international educational program is to provide a concise guideline of neonatal pre-transport stabilization activities to be employed by community hospital caregivers in a format that optimizes retention and recall. Caregivers learn to anticipate, promptly recognize and effectively manage newborn problems. Included in the workshop are sessions on physical and gestational age assessment of the newborn. Completion or review of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP®) course is recommended prior to attending the S.T.A.B.L.E. program. The Course includes the 325 page S.T.A.B.L.E. manual plus Physical & Gestational Age Assessment Guide (coloured PowerPoint® slides).
Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Provider Courses
The national goal of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is to have a trained person capable of performing a complete and competent resuscitation at every birth. The NRP is recommended for health care professionals who provide care for infants at birth and during the early neonatal period; physicians, nurses, midwives, registered respiratory therapists and paramedics are eligible to take the NRP.
NRP is administered in Canada by the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Canadian NRP Steering Committee. The Perinatal Education Program provides direction for NRP in Saskatchewan which includes the Saskatchewan NRP Provincial Advisory Committee, through representation on the National NRP Steering Committee and through education and support for NRP Instructors.
The NRP is taught by instructors affiliated with institutions across the province in which NRP is considered a standard of care for neonatal resuscitation. The Perinatal Education Program also offers courses on a “as needed” basis for individual care providers who may have difficulty accessing local courses.
The Provider course includes opportunities to learn cognitive, technical and behavioral skills of neonatal resuscitation focusing in on a
Participants who complete the course successfully receive a course completion card issued by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) which is recognized throughout North America. It is recommended that providers update their skills by taking the Provider course every 2 years; institutions, health regions or professional regulatory bodies may require completion at more frequent intervals depending on their level of experience, frequency of use of resuscitation skills and scope of practice. NRP introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation in a simulated environment. NRP is NOT a certification course nor does successful completion of the NRP course indicate that an individual is competent to perform neonatal resuscitation
The 3 components of the NRP consist of:
- Pre-study of the 7th ed. (2016) Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation by the American Academy of Pediatrics / American Heart Association,
- Participants are responsible for acquiring the textbook, which is not included in the cost of the NRP courses offered by the Perinatal Education Program.
- The manual can be ordered from the Canadian Pediatric Society at https://bookstore.cps.ca/stock/neonatal-resuscitation-program or by phone at (613) 526-9397. Manuals may also be available for purchase through the University of Saskatchewan bookstore or other book merchants.
- Review of the Canadian Neonatal Resuscitation Guidelines Update: A case-based review and Canadian Medications Table by the Canadian Pediatric Society at https://www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/provider-resources
- Completion of the NRP On-line exam.
- Successful completion of the CPS NRP On-Line exam taken in the 30-day period immediately prior to attending the on-site course.
- Participants are required to pay the On-line exam fee (approx. $23.50 USD) which is not included in the cost of the course.
- Information about the online exam can be found at https://www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/online-examination
- Please do not take the exam until you have confirmed your registration in a Provider course.
- Participation at 1-day NRP On-site course.
- Skills stations provide opportunities to build skills in the technical aspects of NRP, and the “Individual Integrated Skills Station” assesses the ability of individual participants to apply the skills to a specific clinical scenario.
- An essential component of the course is the team-based simulation and
video assisteddebriefing that facilitates team learning.
- A low teacher student ratio of 1:4 allows for a high level of interaction amongst participants
The Canadian Pediatric Society has a number of important reference materials including Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), eligibility criteria for Provider and Instructor courses and resources such as wall charts and code cart cards. In addition, the CPS National Steering Committee has adapted some aspects of the NRP for the Canadian context. Please go the CPS Website to access the Canadian Neonatal Resuscitation Guidelines Update: A case-based review and the Canadian Medication Table at https://www.cps.ca/en/nrp-prn/provider-resources
NRP Provider Course Study Credits
Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada can claim participation in the Neonatal Resuscitation Course (at the Provider or Instructor level) of two (2) Mainpro + Group Learning credits / hour of class time.
Members of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada can claim participation in the Neonatal Resuscitation Course (at the Provider or Instructor level) for 2
In Canada, nurses can log their course time as part of their provincial regulatory body’s continuing competency requirements.
In Canada, midwives can log their course time as part of their provincial regulatory body’s continuing competency requirements.
In Canada, Registered Respiratory Therapist s can claim 1 credit/hour of class time.
Study credits for the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance Self-Learning Online Manual can be found on the UBC CME Learning Portal athttps://elearning.ubccpd.ca/course/view.php?id=35
NRP Instructor and Instructor Update Courses
Yearly instructor courses are provided to train new instructors. Providers of NRP who meet eligibility criteria may apply to become Instructors. Information regarding eligibility, pre-requisites, registration and monitoring as a new Instructor, maintaining NRP status and roles and responsibilities can be found at the CPS NRP website at https://www.cps.ca/uploads/nrp/2017-01-19_NRP-Reg-Guidelines_Final.pdf
Following successful completion of the NRP Instructor course and Team-Teach requirement will be registered with the Canadian Pediatric Society.
Joint Program of the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine
Perinatal Practice Guidelines that have been developed by the Advisory Committee to the Perinatal Education Program and distributed to health care professionals in Saskatchewan.
- Neonatal Post-Resuscitation Stabilization and Preparation for Transport (2006) - Neonatal Transport Guidelines are under review
- Neonatal Transport Form (May 2013)
- Maternal Transfer Record (January 2015)
- SOGC Policy Statement: Maternal Transport Guidelines (Posted with permission by the Society of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists of Canada. Document No 165, October 2005. Deemed to have dated information; use with caution.)
Other Sources of Perinatal Practice Guidelines and Information
Provincial Perinatal Programs in Canada
|Southwestern Ontario Maternal, Newborn, Child and Youth Network
|Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (Ontario)|
|Alberta Perinatal Health Program|
|Nova Scotia Reproductive Care Program|
|Perinatal Services BC|