Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

Sponsor an ALSO® Provider Course

Comprehensive, Interactive Learning for Maternity Care Providers

Prepare maternity care providers to effectively manage potential emergencies during pregnancy. Sponsor an ALSO Provider Course and increase confidence during obstetric emergencies, while improving patient safety in your community.

The ALSO Provider Course is designed to serve a broad audience of maternity care providers, including physicians, residents, nurse midwives, labor and delivery nurses, physician assistants, and other maternity care team members.

Sponsor a Course in Four Simple Steps

Sponsoring a provider course may appear daunting at first. Here are four easy steps to help simplify the process. For complete details, view the ALSO Provider Course requirements »(10 page PDF)

STEP 1 : Complete the ALSO Provider Course Request form.

Upon reciept of your Course Request form, ALSO Staff will verify faculty status and send course approval email with further instructions.

STEP 2: Complete a no-fee AAFP CME Application.

After your course request has been approved, you will be eligible to apply for CME credit for your course. (Important tip: If you type or select “ALSO,” many of the fields are pre-populated.) Notification of CME approval will be sent via email with the official statement and credits for your course.  Approval can take up to four weeks.

STEP 3: Complete the ALSO Product Order form.

You will receive course materials in one to two weeks. Allow time for participants to receive syllabi at least one month prior to course start date.

STEP 4: Complete Participant and Faculty form after the course.

Include your CME application number when submitting the Participant and Faculty form to ALSO Staff. Once forms are received, you will receive certificates, wallet cards, and CME/CNE credit.

Learning Objectives

After 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 skills testing station.
Maternity care provider assists at birth

Apply to Sponsor an ALSO Provider Course

Download the Course Request Form. Submit your completed form to begin the process.

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Questions?

Contact a member of the ALSO Staff for assistance.

Ruth Flemming
Provider & Refresher Courses in all states
rflemmin@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6556

Jenn Head 
Provider and Refresher Courses for Navy/FISC in all states
Instructor courses in all states
jhead@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6552

Carla Cherry 
ccherry@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6554

Course Participant Prerequisites

Course participants should have at least a basic knowledge of maternity care.

Class Size Recommendations

The small class size of each Provider Course is reflective of the faculty-intensive and “hands-on” nature of the course. Course size can range from 2-60 participants.

Lectures and Workstations

Required Lectures

Recommended Time: 20-25 minutes each

  • Safety in Maternity Care*
  • First Trimester Complications
  • Labor Dystocia**
  • Medical Complications
  • Preterm Labor/PROM
  • Vaginal Bleeding in Late Pregnancy

NOTES ON REQUIRED LECTURES:

*Safety in Maternity Care must be the first presentation Day 1 of the Provider Course, effective January 2011.

**Labor Dystocia may be offered as a luncheon lecture. Reminder: ACCME requires breaks at least every 4 hours throughout each day of the course. If the lecture is offered during lunch, please factor in a break to meet the ACCME requirements.

Required and Optional Workstations

Required Workstations

Recommended Time: 90 minutes each

  • Assisted Vaginal Delivery
  • Intrapartum Fetal Surveillance
  • Malpresentations, Malpositions, Multiple Gestations
  • Maternal Resuscitation / Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • OB Cases
  • Shoulder Dystocia

Optional Workstations

Recommended Time: 90 minutes each

  • Birth Crisis
  • Cesarean Delivery
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Perineal Laceration Repair
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Questions?

Contact a member of the ALSO Staff for assistance.

Ruth Flemming
Provider & Refresher Courses in all states
rflemmin@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6556

Jenn Head 
Provider and Refresher Courses for Navy/FISC in all states
Instructor courses in all states
jhead@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6552

Carla Cherry 
ccherry@aafp.org
(800) 274-2237 ext. 6554