Education & Consultation

Alberta Perinatal Health Program

APHP provides learning opportunities and resources for health professionals, zones across AHS, and other stakeholders to achieve optimal perinatal practice.

Acute Care of the at Risk Newborn (ACoRN)

ACoRN is a program designed to teach neonatal stabilization, support the multidisciplinary team, identify and care for babies who become unwell or are at risk of becoming unwell in the first few hours or days after birth.

ACoRN uses a logical and systematic approach, as well as innovative learning tools and decision-making algorithms to:

  • Gather and organize information
  • Establish priorities
  • Intervene appropriately

ACoRN introduces knowledge and skills sequentially, using a case-based approach. It is designed to be useful regardless of a condition’s complexity or how frequently a practitioner is called upon to manage specific conditions.

More information is available at the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Fetal Health Surveillance

Self-registration for the Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance: A Self learning Manual is available through the University of British Columbia Continuing Professional Development department. Access to the content of this manual is free for Canadian stakeholders; however, there is a fee for the online exam.

This online manual has been endorsed by The Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists of Canada and Canadian Association of Perinatal and Women’s’ Health Nurses.

Review of the online manual and completion of the online exam is the first step to the completing completion of the Canadian Fetal Health Surveillance Fundamentals Education Program and the Canadian Fetal Health Surveillance Refresher Education Program. Attendance at an in-person or virtual Canadian Fetal Health Surveillance Fundamentals or Refresher Workshop is required to receive a Certificate of Completion for the completion of a Canadian Fetal Health Surveillance Education Program. These workshops are available in some zones; contact the education department or birthing unit at your hospital to find out when the next workshop is, as the APHP is not notified about upcoming workshops.

At Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Covenant Health, online Fetal Health Surveillance education is found in the moreOB Program chapters titled Fetal Well-Being During Labour–Physiology and Fetal Well-Being During Labour–Methodology. You must have a moreOB Program login to access these chapters.

Managing Obstetrical Risk Efficiently (moreOB)

Alberta Health Services has partnered with Salus Global Corporation, a leading provider of Continuing education for healthcare teams, to use the moreOB Program and optimize obstetrical care.

The moreOB Program is a facilitated and comprehensive patient safety and quality improvement program for interprofessional obstetrical teams. Based on a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) model, this program combines individual study with team-based activity to optimize learning, relationships and ultimately outcomes. The moreOB Program integrates an extensive body of current, evidence-based clinical knowledge content with leading concepts in patient safety and best practices and tools in teamwork and communication.

Other unique aspects of the program include:

  • the use of a core team to champion both the journey and the change(s);
  • access to a comprehensive website designed to serve as a project management tool, to house key tools and guides;
  • to access assessments and tests; to review current, evidence-based, peer-reviewed obstetrical clinical information; and
  • the guidance and expertise of a facilitator (where available) to coach and guide the core team.

Participant Access

Alberta healthcare professionals access the moreOB Program through their local hospital. Each participating hospital has a moreOB core team who champions and facilitates the change initiatives at their site. For more information about access to the program, Alberta health professionals should contact their site moreOB core team members.

moreOB Zone Participation

All five Alberta Health Services Zones participate in the moreOB Program. Currently approximately 48 intrapartum obstetrical service sites and over 3,300 healthcare professionals including: registered nurses, family practice physicians, registered midwives, obstetricians, and quality consultants are participating in the program.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an educational program that introduces the concepts and skills of neonatal resuscitation.

In Canada, NRP is administered by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) and is designed to teach individuals and teams who may be required to resuscitate newborn babies. NRP provider course content is evidence-based and is delivered across Canada in both English and French.

The NRP card issued by CPS indicates that the individual has successfully completed the NRP provider course, an education program that introduces the concepts and basic skill of neonatal resuscitation. Completion of an NRP provider course does not mean that an individual is competent to perform neonatal resuscitation. Readiness for clinical practice and certification of competence are determined by employers and regulatory bodies.

In Alberta, NRP Instructors are in all facilities that offer obstetrical services. Please contact the education department or birthing unit and/or nursery at the hospital you are employed at to find out when the next NRP provider course is as the APHP is not notified about upcoming courses.

The APHP offer NRP Instructor courses. Contact APHP education office for course dates. The registration process for NRP instructor course includes a standardized NRP Instructor candidate letter of support to be completed by the candidate’s manager or the department head of the candidate’s sponsoring institution that provides newborn care where the candidate will be teaching NRP.

More information is available at the Canadian Paediatric Society 

Perinatal Health E-Learning Modules

The Alberta Perinatal Health Program (APHP), together with partners, developed E-Learning obstetrical modules.

These modules are accessible on MyLearningLink and require an AHS email to access. The modules are placed under the heading Obstetrics 101 following by the name of the module.  For Covenant Health, these modules are accessible on CliC (under Perinatal Health). Modules available:

  • Abdominal Palpation Assessment
  • Antenatal Tests for Fetal Well-Being
  • Caesarean Birth
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Care of the Late Preterm
  • Diabetes in Pregnancy
  • Intra Amniotic Infection (Chorioamnionitis)
  • Newborn Assessment
  • Perinatal Bereavement, Postpartum Assessment
  • Recognizing Newborn Illness
  • Skin-to-Skin
  • T-Piece Resuscitator
  • Vaginal Exams
  • Vitamin K Administration for Term Newborns