(20 contact hours) The Certificate in Perinatal Issues is a multidisciplinary educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who provide care and support for childbearing women, newborns, and families.
The demand for knowledgeable providers to meet the needs of this population is dramatically increasing; new jobs are being developed and new services created. Health professionals who work with this population will need continuing professional education to gain a broad understanding of this specialized area of care and to stay current with emerging trends.
The Certificate in Perinatal Issues is a multidisciplinary educational experience designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of individuals who provide care and support for childbearing women, newborns, and families. (20 contact hours)
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions courses are acceptable for continuing education in all states.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP 14693, for the stated number of contact hours.
CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS (CNAs) & CERTIFIED HEMODIALYSIS TECHNICIANS (CHTs)
The California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section accepts continuing education offered by CA-BRN approved providers.
CERTIFIED MANAGED CARE NURSE (CMCN)
The American Board of Managed Care Nursing recognizes all of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions' ANCC accredited courses for continuing education credit for Certified Managed Care Nurses (CMCNs).
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). NCBDE does not approve continuing education.
NAADAC (National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors)
ALLEGRA Learning Solutions is an approved provider with the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) (Provider #107194).
Expiration Date: 10/21/2021
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Java. Click here to download Java.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Distinguish yourself as a skilled professional in perinatal care. This course will enhance your ability to care for and support childbearing women, newborns, and families with information on cultural influences as well as common problems and risk factors you will experience in this field.
Perinatal Health—A Global Perspective
Poverty, scarce education, poor economic opportunities, gender discrimination, and unjust laws challenge the advancement of women's health around the world. These factors restrict access to important health services and the education women need to improve their lives and the lives of their children and community. When a priority is placed on women's health concerns, women's rights, and empowerment, immense improvements in the health and well-being of women and their children result.
Childbirth and Culture: Practices, Beliefs, and Traditions
An intimate and complex experience, childbirth reflects a woman's biology as well as the social context in which delivery takes place. The experience of every woman is unique to her and deeply personal because of the culture in which she gives birth and the culture with which she identifies herself. Health-care professionals must provide a level of care that meets the guidelines of cultural competence and respects different cultural values and belief systems to assure that patients will be truly cared for in a holistic way that advocates for them appropriately, thoughtfully, and sensitively.
Ectopic pregnancies are a gynecological emergency that can seriously affect a woman's health and fertility. However, new developments in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition have resulted in greatly improved maternal mortality and morbidity rates. The health-care provider is key to patient education, early assessment and diagnosis, and the proper treatment of this serious condition.
The goal of this course is to provide health-care practitioners with an overview of the incidence of ectopic pregnancy, describe risk factors associated with the condition, identify the signs and symptoms of ectopic pregnancy, and describe the diagnostic and treatment options for women with ectopic pregnancies.
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition affecting thousands of pregnant women each year. More severe than morning sickness, HG can affect every aspect of a woman's life. With early recognition and treatment, however, this condition can be effectively managed.
The goal of this course is to provide health-care providers with an overview of HG, discuss the epidemiology and etiology of this condition, identify its maternal and fetal effects, list associated risk factors, and examine diagnostic and treatment options for women suffering from this syndrome.
Perinatal Issues: Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy
Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy (previously called pregnancy-induced hypertension or PIH) are complex and serious conditions of pregnancy, which, if untreated or improperly treated, can result in maternal and fetal complications including death. These disorders are present in up to 22% of pregnancies. Health care providers must have a working knowledge of the pathophysiology of these conditions as well as the classifications of the disease and the recommended treatment modalities in order to provide safe and effective care.
The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an understanding of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy, including the pathophysiology, classifications, and symptoms. In addition, steps for managing the patient and medications for treating these disorders will be presented. Finally, the HELLP syndrome will also be discussed.
Perinatal Issues: Diabetes in Pregnancy
Diabetes during pregnancy can provide a special challenge to the patient and her health care providers. The effects of poorly controlled blood glucose levels can result in life-threatening effects for both the mother and the fetus.
The goal of this course is to provide the health care professional with an overview of diabetes, the types of diabetes, and the metabolic changes that occur during diabetic pregnancies. The signs and symptoms of pregestational and gestational diabetes will be discussed, and treatment options (including diet, exercise, and medication) will be addressed. New treatment options will also be explored.
Perinatal Issues: Prevention of Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Infection
Great strides have been made in preventing and treating neonatal group B streptococcal infection during the last 20 years, especially with the use of prophylactic antibiotics during labor. In addition, the development of rapid detection tests and a vaccine look promising.
The goal of this course is to provide health care professionals with an overview of this disease. Topics covered include its incidence, consequences, risk factors, and types. The latest recommendations by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are also presented.
Perinatal Issues: Postpartum Depression
For most women, the birth of a baby is a joyous and exciting time. However, for some women, childbirth is accompanied by depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, and even suicide.
Depression following the delivery of an infant can take three basic forms: postpartum blues, postpartum psychosis, and postpartum depression. All three types can profoundly affect the lives of women and their families.
The goal of this course is to provide the health care professional with an understanding of the types of postpartum depression disorders, as well as their prevalence, causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma (Shaken Baby Syndrome)
The prevention of child maltreatment, particularly the reduction of abusive injuries and their consequences, is an important public health concern. Even when they do not result in death, serious traumatic brain injuries in children have profound lifetime consequences. The crime of pediatric abusive head trauma (PAHT) is a preventable and severe form of child abuse. In the United States, child abuse is the third leading cause of all head injuries, and its prevention and treatment present a challenge to health care providers.
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of PAHT, also called "shaken baby syndrome." The epidemiology, risk factors, physical signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, and prevention strategies are discussed.
Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC is a nurse who has cared for patients in acute care settings, community clinics, and the home. Her professional nursing career has involved nursing executive leadership and administration, accreditation consultation, staff development and education, community education and wellness, and holistic care. She has designed, developed, and presented numerous educational programs for audiences covering integrative health, promotion and wellness, and chronic disease management and prevention. She is the co-author (with Caroline Young) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.
Caroline Young, M.P.H., has an extensive public health background that includes experience in research, workshop presentations in various areas of health care, and online and onsite teaching. She has expertise in holistic community health and wellness program design, development, marketing, implementation, and evaluation. She has also designed, developed, and presented integrative health programs for culturally diverse populations, senior populations, and faith communities. She is the co-author (with Cyndie Koopsen) of two health care textbooks. She is the co-CEO and co-founder of ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC and has designed and developed over 300 online professional continuing education courses.