Workshop Details

Student Midwife Perineal Repair Workshop

Scheduled by request

This small group virtual workshop covers core information and skills for prevention of birth tears as well as suturing, knot-tying, and repair of common birth lacerations. The workshop is held from 1-4 pm Eastern time on two consecutive Wednesdays (check calendar for specific dates.) Education and simulation are combined so that everyone learns by doing.

This program provides (6) simulation hours for students. Check with your Clinical Director to see if hours will be accepted. As part of this workshop participants will receive a suturing model, suturing instruments, and suture. Also included with registration is access to instructional videos prior to and for 3 months after the workshop, and live simulation and mentoring on the scheduled workshop dates.

Workshop Registration:
Workshop registration is on Eventbrite. Click here for upcoming workshop dates & registration.
Registration closes two weeks before the event begins to allow time for supplies to be sent.

To ensure access for all midwifery students, there is 1 Pay-What-You-Can-Ticket for each workshop so finances are not a barrier to attending. Participants self-select this ticket, based on their assessment of their financial situation. Please pay according to your budget. Value of materials is $60. In determining what to pay for a pay-what-you-can ticket, consider your own financial situation as well as acknowledging the cost of materials and the services of your midwife educator. Just as I will encourage you not to undervalue your own midwifery skills as you step out into practice, so too I encourage you to recognize the value and the opportunity we offer that supports midwifery students while we earn a living.

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.
HOW TO USE DISCOUNT CODES: The blue link to enter your promo code in Eventbrite is located at the top of the first screen shown when checking out, above the ‘Tickets’ heading. You'll need to know the code and enter it before you choose your ticket and check-out.  
One discount allowed per purchase

What You Will Need for the Workshop
-The Zoom app. We will 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, so you can show your actions and get real-time feedback and mentoring
-A cut of meat for the tissue model: Beef tongue is ideal; you can get them from a butcher shop, they are rarely available in the grocery store. The best alternate cuts of meat are a thick beef roast that is square in shape (i.e bulky, not flat) or a bone-in turkey breast. I don’t recommend chicken as it’s too tender. You can also use pork tenderloin, but again it’s very soft.
-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). 

We’ll make the models together, so everyone has the support they need. Click here to access the Resource Pages: Knot-Tying and 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
12:45 Zoom Log-In
1:00 Welcome and introductions
1:05 Suturing instruments
1:40 Sutures and needles
2:00 Loading and protecting the needle
2:15 Instrument ties
2:30 Running stitches
3:00 Interrupted stitches
3:20 One-handed ties
3:50 Questions
4:00 Workshop Ends

Workshop Schedule - Day Two
12:45 Zoom Log-In
1:00 Women’s right to perineal integrity
1:05 Anatomic landmarks and pre-birth midwifery assessment
1:15 Creating a tissue model (beef, tongue or other tissue models)
1:25 Pre-repair assessment and making a repair plan
1:30 Mentored repair simulation
3:45 Questions, post-workshop debriefing, and self-assessment
4:00 Workshop Ends (Simulation certificates sent via e-mail)