It is estimated that over 85% of women who give birth will sustain some form of perineal trauma and of these 60%-70% of women will require suturing. This course is essential for midwives and educators involved in the training of midwives to become competent in the skill of perineal suturing.
- Discuss critically the underlying history and current trends in perineal trauma management by applying the evidence.
- Review the anatomy and physiology of the pelvic floor relating these structures to the prevention, recognition and assessment of perineal trauma and repair in midwifery practice.
- Appraise a woman's physical and psychosocial experiences related to perineal trauma, repair and healing.
- Critically discuss the legal /ethical aspects of perineal trauma in relation to risk avoidance and informed choice.
- Consider the benefits of the multi-professional and multidisciplinary team in the care and management of perineal trauma.
- Practically demonstrate perineal repair on models.
- Being appraised of the latest professional evidence relating to perineal suturing.
- Receiving an update of the legal and professional issues relating to perineal management.
- Being able to practice perineal suturing techniques in a safe and controlled environment.
- 9.30am - Registration and coffee
- 9.45am - Introduction
- 10.00am - Contemporary issues in perineal suturing
- 11.00am - Coffee
- 11.30am - Medico legal issues surrounding repair
- 12.15pm - Repair of Episiotomy and 2nd degree tears
- 1.00pm - Lunch
- 2.00pm - Demonstration and Practice on Animal Tissue
- 3.30pm - Certificates and Evaluation
The course will be facilitated by a consultant Obstetrician, a Solicitor and a clinical Midwife and will highlight exemplars of best contemporary practice. Suturing technique will be demonstrated and there will be opportunity to practically engage with the skill.
The role of the perineal clinic will be explored as well as the legal implications relating to midwifery practice and perineal care.