Workshop Details

Suturing for Midwives: Knot-tying, Suturing & Repair of Birth Lacerations

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This virtual workshop covers the essentials of suturing, knot-tying, and repair of common birth lacerations and builds on core competencies for suturing. This program provides 7 CE.

The 7-hour workshop will be held over two Wednesday afternoons. Other times can be arranged by request.

Session One: Knot-tying and Suturing builds on the core competencies for suturing and knot-tying. Focus is on personal improvement of instrument and suture handling and suturing skills. Education and simulation are combined so that everyone learns by doing. This session is a prerequisite to Session Two. 3 CE

Session Two: Repair of Birth Lacerations builds on the core competencies for repair of birth lacerations. Focus is on identification of anatomy, assessment after birth, planning and performing a repair, and application of the suturing and knot-tying skills from Session One during simulated repair of birth lacerations. 4 CE

As part of this workshop participants will receive a suturing kit that includes:  suturing model, instruments, and suture. The workshop includes presentations and mentored simulation on the scheduled workshop dates. 

Workshop Registration:
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Registration closes two weeks before event begins to allow time for supplies to arrive.

There is 1 Reparations Ticket per session for a Black or Indigenous midwife whose ancestors were affected by historic enslavement or genocide. Ticket cost is 10% of full ticket price and includes all materials.

There is 1 Pay-What-You-Can-Ticket so that financial need is not a barrier to attending. Documentation of need is not required. We strongly recommend a minimum payment that covers the cost of materials @ $75. Please pay according to your budget. In determining what to pay for a pay-what-you-can ticket, please consider the cost of materials and the expertise of your midwife educator as well as your own financial situation.

Discounts: One discount allowed per purchase of FULL PRICE TICKETS ONLY.
Midwives of Color discount: All self-described BIPOC may receive a 15% discount. Use code: MOCEquity
Membership discounts: ACNM, MANA & NACPM members may receive a 10% discount. Use the appropriate code for you: ACNMMember; MANAMember; NACPMMember. For membership discounts, your Membership number is required.
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What you'll need for the workshop:
-The Zoom app. We send the Zoom link shortly before the workshop.
-A quiet room with a fairly large table to work on.
-A computer with built in or separate webcam and mic.  Students show their actions during the simulation.
-A cut of meat for the tissue model: The best cuts of meat are a beef pot roast that is square in shape (i.e bulky, not flat) or a turkey breast. Beef tongue is what I usually use; I get them from a butcher shop, and they are often not available in the grocery store. Chicken and pork tenderloin are tender and work best for simulation of poor tissue integrity; we don't recommend them for this workshop.
-A disposable scalpel or sharp knife to make the lacerations.
-Chux, gloves, tape (you will want to secure your foam & fabric model so it doesn’t slip).
-A damp washcloth and a dry hand towel.

We’ll make the models together, so everyone has the support they need. Click here to access the Resource Pages: Suturing Resource Page; Perineal Repair Resource Page. The better prepared you are for the workshop the more you will be able to get out of it. Feel free to make a list of questions in advance of the workshop.

Workshop Schedule
Day One: Program Outline – Please note start times may vary (9 am or 1 pm) depending on dates
8:45 Gathering
9:00 Welcome and Introduction
9:05 Beyond core competencies: Refining suturing skills for midwifery practice
9:15 Update on sutures and needles for birth repairs (RxCE)
9:30 Optimal instrument and needle handling (simulation and discussion)
10:00 Break
10:10 Suturing techniques and their applications (simulation and discussion) (RxCE)
11:00 Observation and update of surgical knot-tying technique
11:45 Clinical indications for specific suture types, knots, and suturing techniques
12:00 Program Ends

Day Two:
Program Outline – Please note start times may vary (9 am or 1 pm) depending on dates
12:45 Gathering
1:00 The birthing person’s right to perineal integrity – 5 minutes
1:05 Competencies for repair of birth lacerations or episiotomy – 10 min (RxCE)
1:20 Learning the anatomy: landmarks and midwifery assessments – 10 min
1:35 Pre- and post-birth assessment – 5 min
1:45 When is repair needed? Making a repair plan – 10 min
1:55 Administration of local anesthesia – 5 min (RxCE)
2:00 Break
2:10 Technique for repair of second-degree lacerations (demonstration) – 15 min (RxCE)
2:25 Simulation and discussion: Set up (making 3-dimensional models) – 5 min
2:40 Simulation and discussion: Perineal repair 3-layer interrupted technique – 45 min
3:30 Simulation and discussion: Perineal repair 2-layer continuous technique – 40 min
4:15 Simulation and discussion: Labial lacerations – 15 min
4:30 Skin glue, seaweed, Manuka honey – 5 min (RxCE)
4:35 Episiotomy: why, when, and how – 10 min
4:50 Workshop debriefing and self-assessment (checklist)
4:55 Closing: Evaluations and CE certificates sent via e-mail
5:00 Program Ends