• Sponsor a BLSO™ Course

    Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) offers evidence-based, hands-on training that promotes teamwork and helps your organization manage both normal labor and perinatal emergencies. The BLSO Provider Course is designed for pre-hospital care providers and emergency department personnel, as well as medical, nursing, and physician assistant students.

    The BLSO Provider Course is designed for both pre-hospital maternity care providers such as emergency department personnel and first responders. It serves as a great beginner level obstetrical course for medical, nursing, and physician assistant students. Additionally, BLSO is ideal for small rural hospital settings who historically have a low volume of infant deliveries.

    Participants attending a BLSO Course learn practical, standardized team-based approaches to managing both a normal labor scenario as well as obstetrical emergencies. Although labor and delivery room emergency care is the main focus of the program, the BLSO curriculum further addresses preventative care and practice concerns such as electronic fetal monitoring, emergent prenatal assessment, malpresentations, preterm labor, and premature rupture of membranes and neonatal resuscitation.

    As of 9/28/2022 there is no CME credit associated with the BLSO Course.


    We're here to help you through the application process.
    Email also@aafp.org or (800) 274-2237, ext. 7506

    Faculty Requirements

    Understand the roles, responsibilities, and qualification requirements for each member of your BLSO Course team. View requirements.

    Learning Objectives

    At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

    • Describe how to perform and safely manage a normal vaginal delivery.
    • Discuss basic methods and skills needed to manage obstetric urgencies and emergencies for healthcare workers who may not provide maternity care on a regular basis, such as emergency department personnel, flight nurses, medical students, residents, and physician assistants.
    • Establish standardized communication techniques amongst those involved in providing pre-hospital care to improve maternal outcomes.

    Course Topics

    BLSO offers a robust training program with such curriculum topics as:

    BLSO Core Chapters

    • Normal Labor
    • Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    • Emergent/Urgent Prenatal Assessment
    • Preterm Labor and Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes
    • Maternal Resuscitation and Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH)
    • Breech, Twin Gestation, Cord Prolapse, and Other Malpresentations
    • Shoulder Dystocia
    • Hypertensive Emergencies
    • Labor Dystocia
    • Neonatal Resuscitation

    Application Process

    Follow our simple three-step application process to hold a BLSO course.


    This document provides a comprehensive description of the process, responsibilities, and the standards which must be upheld when planning and implementing a BLSO course.


    After the application is reviewed and all course requirements have been met, a course approval email will be generated with additional information and next steps.


    After course approval, use the dashboard to view a learner list with pre-course completion status, record faculty information, upload course roster, and much more.

    *New Organizational Account form with a one-time fee to Sponsor an ALSO or BLSO Course
    Complete the form only if an AAFP CME application has never been submitted from your organization for any AAFP CME activity. If you have any questions about this AAFP Credit System requirement, please email cmecredit@aafp.org, or call (800) 274-2237.

    Course Fees

    Description Cost*

    Course Materials/Registration Fee

    Includes the following components with no additional fee:

    • CME Application Fee
    • Instant Access to Downloadable Course Documents
    • Automatic Processing: Letters of Participation and Wallet Cards
    • Course Budgeting Form
    • Instructor Guides for Workstations
      (Maternal Resuscitation and PPH)
    • OB Cases
    • Course Roster/Sign-In Sheet
    • Course Evaluation Template
    • Chapter Slides for Presentation
    • Normal Childbirth Video
    • Relevant Financial Relationship Disclosure Form
    • Debriefing Sheet
    $94.95 One per course

    Online Learner Access Fee


    Includes the following components with no additional fee:

    • Access to Downloadable BLSO Provider Manual
    • Access to Pre-Test Assessment
    $69.95 Cost per learner
    BLSO Provider Manual, Printed Version $49.95 Optional cost per learner
    BLSO Provider Manual, Digital Download $39.95 Optional cost per learner
    BLSO Instructor Manual, Printed Version $49.95 Optional cost per instructor
    BLSO Instructor Manual, Digital Download $39.95 Optional cost per instructor
    BLSO Mnemonic Reference Cards (recommended) $ 5.95 Optional cost per learner

    *Fees reflect content costs but exclude shipping costs for printed materials. Course Sponsors must meet all requirements outlined in the BLSO Provider Course Guidelines document, which may incur additional operational costs. All prices are subject to change at the discretion of the AAFP.

    Payment Options

    The course sponsor is responsible for placing the Online Product Order for optional products and paying at that time with a card. 

    Please note that the sponsor will receive an invoice for the Online Course access/per learner and the Course Materials/Registration fee, after the completion of their Live Course.

    The AAFP policy is to not split invoices for courses with learners from multiple organizations. It is the Sponsor’s responsibility to make copies of the Learner list and Invoice, providing them to the other organizations so they may either pay the Sponsor or pay the AAFP directly, providing invoice number. For more information on payments, please review the Course Guidelines document.

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