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NRP Provider Course

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) introduces the basic concepts and skills of neonatal resuscitation. It includes thermal management, positioning suction, tactile stimulation, proper use of ventilation equipment, and special resuscitation situations.

Successful completion of NRP is dependent upon achieving a passing score on the written exam and proficiency in the resuscitation skills at a hands-on, live skills workshop.

Live, Instructor Facilitated Workshops

My workshops are specifically designed and taught with emphasis on the midwifery model of care and is strongly focused on out of hospital settings and scenarios that those care providers can expect to encounter.  These workshops are suitable for midwives, midwives’ assistants, doulas, birth assistants, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, students, EMTs, apprentices, helpers and anyone who may be present around the time of birth, including parents.

I pride myself on keeping this workshop structured as a facilitated discussion and hands-on skills session with realistic scenarios, not a lecture.  I gear each class towards the students, their unique roles in the birthing community, and keep all information as applicable as possible while keeping with the standards of NRP that the AAP has developed over time with evidence based research.

My goal is to remove the fear surrounding "what if's" and replace it with the confidence of knowledge and skills you have practiced. 

I AM ABLE TO DO THIS AS I AM CURRENTLY AN ACTIVE & PRACTICING HOME BIRTH MIDWIFE..

I KNOW THE SCENARIOS YOU ENCOUNTER.

I am happy to travel to your town to share my knowledge and experience to provide a workshop to suit the needs of your group.  Depending on distance/travel expenses, I may require a minimum number of students for the workshop, and this is usually a great opportunity to network with others in your birth workers community and spend time sharing space with each other & encouraging one another.

Unlike other instructors, I do not expect to be hosted in anyone's home overnight and I do not provide a list of items you must provide for me to feel comfortable in your home.  All information will be updated within 48 hours so you can access your NRP card quickly.     

Resuscitation may not be in your “scope of practice”?

At first glance, one may discount the necessity of this training for doulas as this would typically fall outside the scope of practice for a doula, childbirth educator, or lactation consultant. 

However, a care provider (especially a doula)  who understands the resuscitation process is a doula who can calmly & confidently support, encourage, and provide information to a family whose baby requires this level of intervention…even if the doula is not called upon in any capacity to render this type of care. Rather than standing at the parent’s side as shocked, scared and lost as they are, she can allay their panic via her composed presence and words of gentle explanation to allow the parents to truly feel involved instead of stripped of their role as caregiver to their most precious gift. 

During a resuscitation, the doula may be the only person in the room who focuses on the parents’ emotional needs and can respond to their questions to truly be a support in a very unfamiliar setting.  The birth atmosphere can and does change rapidly with most resuscitations...the doula can provide constancy, a low soothing voice and explanation, thus keeping the parents present during these stressful moments. Parents then are empowered with information and involved to the best of their ability diminishing the risk for post-traumatic stress surrounding the experience.

Secondly, while some doulas are not comfortable with laboring at home with their clients, several are able to be supportive in this capacity.  A precipitous birth can happen to any mother..at her home, in her car on the way to the birthing facility, or even in the parking lot of the facility.  Being equipped with NRP skills saves several, critical moments while you are waiting for a higher level of care to take over the baby’s needs if resuscitation may be required. 

Quick Facts about NRP Workshops

  • Workshop Length: 6 hours

  • Prerequisites: MUST COMPLETE ONLINE NRP EXAM THROUGH AAP PRIOR TO CLASS DATE. Students without completion certificate from online exam will be turned away!

  • Completion Card issued upon Completion

  • Card Term: 2 Year

  • This course is designed to the midwifery model of care and specifically geared towards out of hospital birth care providers.

  • Fee: $200/participant

"It was fun & I've taken NRP too many times to count at this point in my career. But this class was definitely one of the best, if not the best I've ever taken. Loved the scenarios for the hands on portion and the fact that we didn't have 2 dozen people there."

"Having the hands on & discussion with Jennifer & the other women was wonderful"

"Best/Most Realistic Course Yet!

Real-time scenarios were excellent"