A leader in the development of perinatal services in Kansas, Wesley first opened a neonatal intensive care unit in 1968. The combined efforts of maternal-fetal and neonatal services led to the development of Wesley’s perinatal center in 1973.

The perinatal outreach program provides perinatal medical education to healthcare providers in the region, enhancing the quality of care for mothers and infants and reducing morbidity and mortality. As a cooperative effort of maternal-fetal and neonatal services, the perinatal outreach program provides a variety of didactic presentations, clinical preceptorships for nurses and respiratory therapists, and mini-traineeships for physicians.

For information about the education programs, contact the perinatal outreach program coordinator at (316) 962-8556.

Maternal-fetal education programs

Obstetric education is available in conjunction with the perinatal outreach team. Maternal-fetal services offers outreach education on a number of obstetric prenatal and intrapartum topics.

The D.K. Roberts obstetrics and gynecology update, which has been held annually for more than 20 years, was renamed in honor of our late chairman, D.K. Roberts, M.D. Dr. Roberts, who was dedicated to the care of women and infants in Kansas, was instrumental in developing the perinatal center in Wichita. Consistent with his lifelong pursuit of education and his dedication to improving the quality of care, this conference provides continuing education credits for physicians and nurses on current obstetric and gynecological topics.

AWHONN's Intermediate Fetal Monitoring Course (IFMC) is a two-day course available to RNs who have a minimum of six months of clinical nursing experience using fetal heart monitoring technology in an intrapartum setting. The purpose of the IFMC is to promote integration of knowledge and skills essential to nursing assessment, promotion and evaluation of fetal well-being during labor. Didactic content focuses on analysis of case scenarios requiring synthesis of key principles of physiology, tracing interpretation, nursing interventions, and verbal and written communication skills. Skills stations focus on demonstration, practice and testing of skills pertaining to auscultation, Leopold’s maneuvers, and placement of internal fetal and uterine monitors, identification of indicated nursing interventions and communication and documentation.

18.3 contact hours are awarded.

Neonatal Resuscitation – The American Heart Association and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that at least one person who is capable of initiating resuscitation have primary responsibility for the baby at delivery. Wesley offers verification and renewal training for NRP providers. Classes are also available for instructors to be able to verify their own hospital staff.

Neonatology mini-traineeships – Mini-traineeships in neonatology are available to physicians interested in continuing education in neonatal medicine. The mini-traineeships are designed to meet the needs of practicing physicians throughout Kansas.

Up to 40 hours of continuing medical education are available.

Neonatal Update – This program was established to honor the contributions of Dr. R.A. “Jiggs” Nelson to perinatal care. In keeping with his philosophy of continuing education and personal growth, the conference provides those who care for neonatal patients with current information in this subspecialty.

The conference provides continuing education credit.

STABLE Program – This is a six- to seven-hour didactic program designed for level I and II facilities which provides specific guidelines for neonatal pre-transport stabilization activities to be initiated by the community hospital caregivers. The format optimizes retention and recall of that information. The mnemonic STABLE was incorporated to help learners organize, recall and remember learned material.

Continuing education credit for physicians and nurses is provided.

STABLE Program, Cardiac Module – This is a five-hour program designed to increase the understanding of the more common congenital heart defects, assessment and management, and underlying pathology.

Continuing education credit for physicians and nurses is provided.