Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

ALSO® Courses

The ALSO program combines evidence-based hands-on simulation training with multidisciplinary team-based approaches to enable better management obstetric emergencies. Small group workstations, minimal lecture time, and low faculty-to-participant ratios benefit both learners and course sponsors that seek to provide high-quality educational experiences.

ALSO Courses are designed for maternity care providers, including: physicians, residents, nurse midwives, registered nurses, and other clinicians.

Maternity care providers can earn ALSO Status upon completing an ALSO Course, verifying their advanced training in obstetrics. ALSO Course sponsors may apply to offer CME credit for their course, providing additional value to those who attend.

Since 1993, ALSO has trained more than 70,000 maternity care providers in the U.S. alone. Be part of the ALSO success story.

ALSO case study

"Extremely Effective" Training

Helen Welch, MSN, CNM credits learning the ALSO system with fully preparing her for the vacuum-assisted birth of a baby with fetal bradycardia, safely delivered within just 12 minutes.

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"The ALSO Course is a content-rich course efficiently presented by excellent faculty. I make it a point to go every five years, which ensures that the OB care I provide incorporates the best in evidence-based practice."

— William L. Toffler, MD
Professor of Family Medicine

ALSO Provider Course

ALSO-trained maternity care provider assists at birth

The ALSO Provider Course offers methods for improving the management of obstetrical emergencies. This two-day course is geared to all maternity care providers, including physicians, residents, nurse midwives, registered nurses, and other clinicians.

With pre-course syllabus reading and minimal lecture time, this course offers an interactive learning environment utilizing pelvic mannequins and other appropriate medical equipment.

Successful completion of this course awards ALSO Provider status for five years.

At the successful completion of the ALSO Provider Course, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss methods of managing pregnancy and birth emergencies, which may help standardize the skills of practicing maternity care providers.
  • Demonstrate content and skill acquisition as demonstrated by successful completion of the course written exam and megadelivery testing station.

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ALSO Instructor Course

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Current ALSO Provider Status Required

This one-day course offers experienced ALSO Providers the opportunity to gain the specific teaching skills required to facilitate the didactic lectures, hands-on small group workstations, and testing stations included in the ALSO Provider Course curriculum.

Successful completion of this course, as well as evaluation and recommendation by an advisory faculty member, is required to become an ALSO Approved Instructor.

The ALSO Instructor Course includes sessions on:

  • Teaching interactive workstations using mannequins and other equipment
  • Presenting effective lectures
  • Teaching workstations using slides
  • Offering effective feedback

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ALSO Refresher Course

Maternity care provider conducts obstetric ultrasound

Renew Your ALSO Provider Status Before It Expires

Staying up-to-date on advances in emergency obstetric protocols and practices is a vital part of providing maternity care. Renew your knowledge, skills, and ALSO Provider status before it expires* when you successfully complete this one-day course.

*ALSO Provider status is valid for five years, and may be maintained thereafter by successful completion of another provider course or refresher course prior to the expiration date of your Provider status.

If your ALSO Provider status has expired, you must attend an ALSO Provider Course to regain ALSO Provider status.

Attend this course to:

  • Review the ALSO curriculum
  • Learn about recent research and advances in emergency obstetric care
  • Refresh your skills in life-saving interventions
  • Renew your ALSO Provider status

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Obstetrics Training for First Responders and Students

Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO®) trains pre-hospital care providers, emergency department personnel, as well as medical, nursing, and physician assistant students, to offer support for normal labor and delivery emergencies. Learn more about BLSO »

Obstetrics Training for First Responders and Students

Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO®) trains pre-hospital care providers, emergency department personnel, as well as medical, nursing, and physician assistant students, to offer support for normal labor and delivery emergencies. Learn more about BLSO »