Preterm Labor and Birth: Not Time to Be Born

Preterm Labor and Birth: Not Time to Be Born

Course Expiration Date: 12/31/18

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $50.00 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: At the completion of this activity, participants will be able to discuss preterm labor, risk factors for preterm labor and birth, signs and symptoms, the impact and current treatments and medications.  The course also discusses counseling patients and current research being implemented to prevent preterm birth.

Instructor:  Debby Mills, MS, CNS, RNC-OB

Target Audience: Licensed Nurses and other interested healthcare workers

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the occurrence of preterm birth in both the U.S. and South Carolina and neonatal morbidity associated with prematurity.
  • Discuss risk factors for preterm birth.
  • Identify the role of inflammation in preterm labor and birth.
  • Discuss common signs and symptoms of preterm labor and the approach for initial assessment.
  • Identify the role of the cervix and uterus in preterm labor and current treatment options.
  • Identify the impact of preterm premature rupture of membranes at both early and late preterm gestation.
  • Describe the current medications utilized for tocolysis and other management strategies.
  • Discuss the role of progesterone and antenatal steroids in improving preterm outcomes.
  • Discuss the limits of viability and their importance in counseling patients about neonatal outcomes.
  • Describe current research being implemented to prevent  preterm birth.

 Length of Course: 106  minutes

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 1.8 contact hours.

Other: This educational offering provides .018 CEUs ( 1.8 clock hour) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement:

Upstate AHEC's conflict of interest policy requires faculty to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of their presentations/materials.

The speaker(s) has/have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in educational activities.

Provisions of this educational activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.


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