Updated in 2020 and released in January 2021!
AWHONN’s Post-Birth Warning Signs online education course provides a standard approach to postpartum pre-and post-discharge education for all women, regardless of risk factors. This course is designed to educate nurses and other obstetric care providers about the maternal morbidity and mortality crisis in the U.S., particularly in the postpartum period. It includes new content about the negative impact of bias and racism on maternal outcomes for Black and Indigenous women, and those living in rural areas of the country. The course provides resources and strategies needed to educate and empower women to recognize and act on post-birth warning signs of potentially life threatening complications.
Resources included with the course are AWHONN's POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Teaching Guide that highlights essential teaching points about signs of serious postpartum complications. A parent handout for women and their partners, available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Haitian Creole, is also included to reinforce teaching about the warning signs, and when and how to obtain timely care after hospital discharge.
At the conclusion of the activity, learners will be able to:
- Explain the leading causes of maternal mortality in the United States.
- Analyze the negative consequences of racial, ethnic, and geographic inequities and social determinants of health on maternal health outcomes.
- Discuss post-birth warning signs for potentially life-threatening complications using AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH acronym.
- Differentiate between signs of potential complications that require immediate attention, (calling 911 or going directly to the hospital Emergency Department [ED]) and those that require prompt attention (calling the provider).
- Integrate POST-BIRTH Warning Signs into education for all postpartum women before hospital discharge and in the community health care setting.
Nursing Contact Hours:
1.0 hour (CNE available through 12/21/2022)
The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Accredited status does not imply endorsement by AWHONN or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with an educational activity. AWHONN is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, provider # CEP580.
If you are purchasing multiple seats for your hospital, please contact Mitty Songer at email@example.com or 304-550-3984 for pricing details.