Category 1 Approved: 6.5 CEU's
When caring for a low-risk, healthy mother and her infant the midwife should, "advise her [the mother] on infant care so that the baby makes the best possible progress" (NMBI Practice Standards for Midwives 2015, pg.11). This Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme aims to ensure the continuing competence of practising midwives to care for neonates who may become unwell or develop conditions that may threaten infant well-being if prompt treatment is not initiated.
"The scope of practice of the individual midwife is influenced by a number of factors including: the practice setting; local guidelines, polices and evidence base; the midwife’s educational preparation, experience and competence; collaborative practice; and other factors, such as the woman and baby’s safety, their needs and care outcomes" (NMBI Scope of Nursing & Midwifery Practice 2015).
Midwives who work in a tertiary-level maternity unit will regularly care for infants of women with high-risk pregnancies. The indicative content of this programme has been developed to enhance specific areas of midwifery practice, knowledge and competence related to the care of those infants at increased risk of becoming unwell in the early neonatal period.
Programme Aim: The overriding aim of this Neonatal Update for Midwives Programme is to provide midwives with up-to-date guidance that enables the midwife to initiate appropriate care of neonates who become unwell/require certain treatments in the early neonatal period, and involve the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team in a timely fashion. This up-to-date guidance will be based upon national and international PPPGs, whilst encouraging midwives to be cognisant of local PPPGs in their respective areas of clinical practice.
On completion of this programme it is anticipated that the attendees will:
Recognise any deviations from adaptation to extrauterine life and initiate appropriate timely care for neonates who become unwell/require certain treatments in the early neonatal period by involving the appropriate members of the multidisciplinary team.
Jaundice Management on the Postnatal Ward
Feeding Issues: Weight gain, Fluid Requirements; Expressing Breast Milk for the NICU Baby
Abstinence Syndrome: Management on the Postnatal Ward
Differentiating seizure activity versus jitteriness in the neonate
Neonatal Sepsis: Recognising the Sick Infant on the Postnatal Ward
Hypoglycaemia: Physiology and Practice Issues
Thermal management: Practice Issues