Classes

 

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We offer continuing education hours on lots of hot topics!

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You can purchase each course individually, OR all of our courses are included in the Evidence Based Birth® professional membership! Click here to join today!


Vitamin K and Eye Ointment! (2 contact hours)

More than 500 students enrolled!

Baby Eyes_400Does the evidence support Vitamin K shots and eye ointment in all newborns—or in certain newborns? Are these treatments harmful? What are the risk factors and the alternatives? Whether you are a parent, birth professional, or healthcare provider, this class has everything you need to learn the truth about the evidence for administering Vitamin K and eye ointment to newborns.

The 2-hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 2 contact hours for professionals like nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. If you are a certified midwife or nurse midwife, this class has been approved for 2 pharmacology contact hours by ACNM. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 3, pharmacology). This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Overall course objectives:

  1. Discuss the role of Vitamin K and how it relates to Vitamin K deficiency bleeding
  2. Discuss the evidence behind the use of oral and injectable Vitamin K
  3. Differentiate between Vitamin K myths and facts
  4. Describe the history of using eye ointment for newborns
  5. Discuss the evidence behind the use of eye ointment
  6. List the benefits, risks, and alternatives to using eye ointment

The course includes two hours of video lessons and lecture handouts for taking notes.

To register for the course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


 

Big Babies and Gestational Diabetes (3 contact hours)

More than 500 students enrolled!

Has your client ever been told that their baby is getting too big at the end of pregnancy?  This class has everything you need to learn the truth about suspected big babies. We will also cover the most recent evidence on gestational diabetes.

The 2-hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 3 contact hours for professionals like nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. This class has been approved for 3 ACNM contact hours for certified midwives and certified nurse midwives. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 1, recognizing and responding to complications of pregnancy.) This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Overall course objectives:

  1. Describe the pattern of routine care for suspected big babies in the U.S.
  2. Discuss whether big babies are more likely to lead to shoulder dystocia and other birth complications
  3. Determine whether ultrasound is an accurate predictor of newborn weight
  4. Describe the evidence on induction and elective Cesarean for suspected big babies
  5. Review professional guidelines on big babies and gestational diabetes
  6. Discuss the pathophysiology, psychosocial aspects, health outcomes, and management of gestational diabetes

The course includes 3 hours of video lessons and lecture handouts for taking notes.

To register for the Big Baby course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


Due Dates and Advanced Maternal Age! (3 contact hours)

More than 300 students enrolled!

Over the past several years, controversy has swirled around the evidence-base for elective induction for women who reach their due date (or even earlier!). In this workshop, we will take an in-depth look at the research evidence on labor induction for women who go past their due date, and elective induction for women who are 35 years or older. We will cover the epidemiology, history, guidelines, and research on induction for these indications, as well as the controversies, limitations and strengths of the available evidence. After attending this online class, you will walk away with confidence in your ability to talk with clients about the potential harms and benefits of labor induction versus waiting for spontaneous labor with women who are “post-dates” or women who are late to the childbearing scene.

The 3-hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 3 contact hours for nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. If you are a certified midwife or certified nurse midwife, this class has been approved for 3 contact hours by ACNM. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 1, recognizing and responding to complications of pregnancy). This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course objectives:

  1. Discuss how “Due Dates” are calculated and the accuracy of these calculations
  2. Describe the risks of going past “due”
  3. Review the evidence on benefits and risks of induction versus waiting for labor
  4. Describe the epidemiology and history of pregnancy in women 35 or older
  5. Discuss the benefits and risks associated with being pregnant ≥ 35 years
  6. Describe the evidence on elective induction and Cesarean for women ≥ 35 years
  7. Discuss fetal testing in relation to advanced maternal age

The course includes three hours of video lessons and lecture handouts for taking notes.

To register for the course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


 

Friedman’s Curve and Failure to Progress (2 contact hours)

More than 500 students enrolled!

With Failure to Progress the leading cause of unplanned Cesaerans in the U.S., do today’s labor practices match up with current research? This class has everything you need to learn the truth about the evidence for using Friedman’s Curve today, and the latest evidence on normal and abnormal labor.

The 2-hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 2 contact hours for professionals like certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. This class has also been approved for 2 ACNM contact hours for certified midwives and certified nurse midwives. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 1, recognizing and responding to complications of pregnancy). This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Overall course objectives:

  1. Discuss the problem of “failure to progress”
  2. Discuss the history of Friedman’s curve
  3. Describe the normal length of labor in modern women
  4. Discuss whether longer labors can lead to health problems
  5. Define labor arrest and failed induction
  6. Discuss ways to help labor progress

This course includes 2 hours of videos and lecture handouts so you can take notes.

To register for the course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


PROM, GBS, and Newborn Procedures (3 contact hours)

Brand New!

In this online class, we will take an in-depth look at the research evidence on three topics: 1) labor induction for women who experience term PROM, 2) antibiotic use versus alternative treatments for Group B Strep, and 3) newborn procedures for term infants during the “golden hour.” We will cover the epidemiology, history, guidelines, and research on interventions related to these topics, as well as the controversies, limitations and strengths of the available evidence. After taking this class, you will walk away with confidence in your ability to talk with clients about the potential harms and benefits of labor induction versus waiting for spontaneous labor in PROM, antibiotics for Group B strep, and at least 5 newborn procedures that commonly occur during the golden hour.

The 3-hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 3 contact hours for professionals like nurse midwives, certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. If you are a certified midwife or certified nurse midwife, this class has been approved for 3 contact hours by ACNM. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 1, recognizing and responding to complications of pregnancy). This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course objectives:

  • Discuss the potential benefits and risks of induction versus expectant management for PROM at term.
  • Describe the effects of GBS on maternal and infant outcomes and discuss the effectiveness of prophylactic antibiotic treatment
  • Describe best practices for newborns in the golden hour
  • Discuss the evidence for procedures that often take precedence over skin-to-skin and mother-infant bonding

This course includes 3 hours of videos and lecture handouts so you can take notes.

To register for the course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


How to Help Families Get Evidence Based Care (8 contact hours)

More than 350 students enrolled!

How does evidence based care differ from routine care? What is the history of evidence based medicine? How can health care professionals and birth professionals talk with their clients about evidence based care? What strategies can you teach to your clients to increase their chances of getting evidence based care during childbirth?

The 8-hour, six week course is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, and founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 8 contact hours for certified professional midwives, nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators. If you are a certified midwife or certified nurse midwife, this class has been approved for 7 contact hours by ACNM. It can also be used for the NARM Midwifery Bridge Certificate (Category 3, informed consent and shared decision-making; principles of research, evidence based practice, critical interpretation of professional literature; and statistics on home birth transfer). This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Overall course objectives:

  1. Describe how routine care at birth compares to evidence-based care (1.5 hours)
  2. Describe the different models of care (midwifery, obstetrics, family practice) and the most recent research evidence behind midwifery practice; List methods and strategies that women can  use to find care providers who use evidence-based practice (1.5 hours)
  3. Describe the different birth settings available (hospital, birth center, home), the pros and cons of each birth setting, and why out-of-hospital birth is controversial in the U.S. (2 hours)
  4. Discuss the role of the birth doula, and the research evidence behind continuous labor support (1 hour)
  5. Describe the evidence behind the different childbirth educator options available to women, as well as the evidence for birth planning (1 hour)
  6. Discuss the ethical and legal concepts of informed consent and informed refusal in childbirth (1 hour)

The course includes eight hours of video lessons and lecture handouts for taking notes. You only receive access to the Q & A in the forums if you purchase the EBB professional membership (see below).

The How to Help Families get Evidence Based Care course also includes a complimentary course on Due Dates and Advanced Maternal Age (an additional 3 contact hours and $49 value) for free with your registration!

To register for the course ($247), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


 

Overcoming Hospital Bans (3 hours)

Photo Credit: Churchin Photography

Photo Credit: Churchin Photography

Is waterbirth a safe and evidence-based option? Should birthing people be able to choose whether or not to eat and drink during labor? Should the recent opinion statements from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists be used to set hospital policy?

Developed especially for parents, birth professionals, and healthcare providers who are looking to reverse bans on water birth and eating and drinking during labor, this class has everything you need to learn the truth about the evidence for these options, and how to educate and work with your hospital administration to offer this option in your community.

The 3 hour class is taught by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, founder of Evidence Based Birth®. It is worth 3 contact hours for nurses, doulas, and childbirth educators.

To register for the course ($49), click here.

You can become an EBB Professional member and this course will be included in your $49/month membership fee! Click here to join our Professional membership.


 

FAQ:

What are the classes like?

Evidence Based Birth® classes are pre-recorded, online courses, so you can watch the videos at your own pace. You’ll also have access to handouts for taking notes. When you enroll, you’ll receive lifetime access to watch the classes of your choice!

What do I need in order to take a class?

All you need is an internet connection and a computer or smartphone!

Who teaches the classes?

The classes are taught online by Rebecca Dekker, PhD, RN, APRN, founder of Evidence Based Birth®.

Who can take Evidence Based Birth® classes?

If you are a doula, childbirth educator, nurse, lactation consultant, midwife, or physician who wants to learn more about evidence based maternity care, then these classes are for you!

Can I earn continuing education contact hours?

Evidence Based Birth® is an approved continuing education provider by the Kentucky Board of Nursing. So if you need continuing education for your profession, you can earn a certificate for nursing contact hours by taking Evidence Based Birth® classes!

Nursing contact hours are accepted by most doula, childbirth educator, and some midwifery organizations. Check with your certifying organization to ensure they accept nursing contact hours.

Six of our courses (Eyes and Thighs, Big Babies, Friedman’s Curve, How to Help Families Get Evidence Based Care, Due Dates and AMA, PROM GBS and Newborn Procedures) have been approved for contact hours by the American College of Nurse Midwives!

The same six courses were submitted to the AAFP, and this is the approval we received: “This Enduring Material series activity, Evidence Based Maternity Care for Physicians, from 09/27/2017 – 09/26/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”

Will I get anything else?

Everyone who takes a class gets to take a quiz to check their knowledge and continuing education certificate once they successfully finish the class.


 

 If you have questions about the classes, please e-mail us!

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