Wesley Healthcare May 04, 2015

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center will be hosting its first childbirth educator workshop later this month, marking the first time a childbirth educator workshop has been available in Wichita.

Previously nurses and healthcare workers interested in getting their childbirth educator certificate were required to attend classes as far away as Denver, Kansas City or in Oklahoma. This can get very expensive, said Ruthie Schmidt, one of seven certified childbirth educators with Wesley’s Family Life Education team.

Family Life has arranged for a hands-on educational workshop to be held later this month for potential and current childbirth educators. The two-day workshop is a significant step toward obtaining the International Childbirth Education Association’s Childbirth Educator Certification.

The ICEA defines a childbirth educator as a professional source of information to pregnant families, with skills to support parents as they prepare for pregnancy, labor, birth and parenthood. Childbirth educators positively impact birth outcomes and parent satisfaction, officials said.

“Childbirth educators have the education and knowledge to teach people about what happens with labor and birth, and what options there are in labor and delivery,” Schmidt said.

The workshop will help potential educators learn the latest in childbirth education and keep current educators up to date with required CEUs, Schmidt said.

Educator workshop topics include:

  • Dynamics of group learning in childbirth education
  • Teaching skills for the childbirth educator
  • Teaching healthy lifestyles
  • Labor process
  • Relaxation and breathing
  • Comfort in labor: labor support
  • Birth, postpartum and breastfeeding
  • Teaching from a risk-benefit view
  • Curriculum development
  • Business of teaching birthing education

The Professional Childbirth Educator Workshop is $300 and will be held May 15-16 from 9:00am-6:00pm at Wesley’s INTRUST Learning Center. To register, call Ruthie Schmidt at 316.962.2290 or visit http://wesleymc.com/about/classes-events.dot?boxpatientportal. Registrations are due May 11.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care in national surveys, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER, Galichia ER and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital and multiple WESLEYCare clinics, and it recently announced plans to build a dedicated children’s hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.wesleymc.com.