Roadmap to Postpartum Care

Foundations of Postpartum Care

These are recommended courses for nurses aspiring to enter Postpartum. You can sign-up for each class individually, and choose the home study courses you’d like to complete.

Contact us if you have questions.

4 Days CLASSROOM CLASSES with FREE Textbooks

  • 8 CE STABLE Program Certification
  • 13 CE AAP NRP Certification (skills included)
  • 16 CE Birth&Beyond Lactation Training for BabyFriendly Hospitals

3 SELF-STUDY Home Courses with FREE Textbooks

  • 20 CE: Fundamentals of Postpartum Care
  • 20 CE: Neonatal Assessment
  • 20 CE: Adaptation of a Newborn

These 6 classes will build your Resume for Postpartum job applications! You will learn how to initiate neonatal resuscitation with AAP NRP, and how to stabilize a critically ill infant with the STABLE program.

Furthermore, your 2-Day Lactation training will give you a leading edge to other job applicants because you will be compliant with the didactic BabyFriendly Hospital guidelines. You will learn how to educate Mom on breastfeeding techniques she can try with her baby, and how to evaluate and improve the baby’s latch.

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Postpartum Care

Postpartum Care prepares the nurse to identify life-threatening postpartum hemorrhages, screening for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and screening for postpartum depression. The goal of this course is t provide a safe environment for patient-family centered care that is uncomplicated and promotes an overall stability, safety and outcome.

Duration: 4 hrs

CE: 6

FREE Course text: Postpartum Care by Jane Carsrud, RN

Postpartum Care Home Study Course

Course Description:

The postpartum period is the time from birth to approximately 6 weeks after delivery. This is a time of healing and rejuvenation as the mother’s body returns to pre-pregnancy state. Nurses need to be aware of the normal physiological and psychological changes that take place in the mother in order to provide comprehensive care during this period.




Course Overview:

Changes in the uterus, cervix, vagina, perineum, and breast are discussed.

  • The metabolic, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, musculoskeletal, integumentary, and immune systems of the postpartum patient are explored.
  • Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of death among postpartum patients.
  • Causes and interventions are important aspects to consider to prevent this occurrence.
  • Thrombophlebitis, preeclampsia, infections and postpartum depression are also discussed

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course the learner will be able to discuss the following body changes that occur with pregnancy:

  • Uterus
  • Cervix
  • Vaginal and perineum
  • Breast
  • Endocrine system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Integumentary system
  • Immune system


In addition, the learner will be able to adequately assess the:

  • Breast
  • Uterus
  • Bowel function
  • Bladder function
  • Lochia
  • Episiotomy
  • Lower extremities
  • Emotions

Further, the learner will be able to identify:

  • Postpartum depression
  • Domestic partner adjustment

The learner will also be able to discuss the nursing care of:

  • C-sections
  • Postpartum hemorrhage
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Wounds
  • UTIs
  • Postpartum depression


To provide a safe environment for patient-family centered care that is uncomplicated and promotes an overall stability, safety and outcome.


Straight A’s maternal Neonatal Nursing 2nd Edition

Author(s): Springhouse 

AHA NRP Certification

Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP) is vital for all nurses that come in contact with newborns.

Duration: 2 hrs (for skills)

Approximately 3-5 hrs for Online AAP NRP exam, at home.

CE: 4 CE for NRP skills, and 9 CE for AAP NRP Online Exam.

Price: $105 for NRP skills

$23.50 for Online AAP NRP exam (paid online directly to AAP,

Class Schedule: NRP skills are offered as throughout the week or as part of the Foundations series (L/D and Postpartum). Please check our NRP skills schedule, or contact us for individual requests.

To receive your AAP NRP certification card, you need to

  1. Complete the Online AAP NRP Exam.
  2. Complete your NRP Skills with a certified instructor. Please check our NRP Skills schedule, if you would like to schedule NRP outside of the Foundations curriculum.

Course text: Neonatal Resuscitation Textbook, by Jane Carsrud

Course OverviewNeonatal Resucitation Home Study Course: Every participant will understand the concepts of neonatal resuscitation whether he or she is a new provider and experienced provider. Course completion does not imply that an individual has the competence to perform neonatal resuscitation. Each hospital is responsible for determining the level of competence and qualification required for someone to assume clinical responsibility for neonatal resuscitation.

Reference: AAP Neonatal Resuscitation 6th Ed.


Download our FREE NRP STUDY GUIDE, Baby Saver III

Download FREE NRP Study Guide for Online NRP Exam

STABLE Program Certification

Stabilizing an infant with the STABLE Program provides vital for the Nurse, RT and medical team to prevent unintentional injury to the newborn.

Duration: 8hrs

CE: 8

Price: $150.00

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FREE Coursebook: Stabilization of a Newborn, by Jane Carsrud, RN

Class Schedule:

S.T.A.B.L.E. Program Certification or Renewal can be scheduled as an individual class, or as part of the Foundations of Labor & Delivery or Postpartum series.

NEO Orange County

NEO San Diego

Stabilization of a Newborn Home Study Course

Course Overview:

All hospitals should prepare for the unexpected arrival of a sick and/or premature infant. A uniform, simple, standardized process of care and comprehensive team approach can improve the infant’s overall stability, safety and outcome.

The STABLE Program is designed to provide important information about the neonatal stabilization for maternal/infant healthcare providers in all settings- from community hospitals and birth centers, to emergency room and more complex hospital environments. Goals: The goal is to organize this information; using a mnemonic to assist with retention and recall of stabilization activities that are critical for the post-resuscitation/pre-transport care of sick infants. Additionally to (a) improve patient safety for infants by standardizing processes and approach to care, (b) encourage teamwork, (c) identify areas where medical errors can and do occur, and (d) reduce and eliminate preventable events.

References: The STABLE Program Manual – Kristine Karlsen PhD, APRN, NNP-BC


2-Day Birth&Beyond Lactation Training

This 16-hour course provides the evidence, knowledge and skills participants need to confidently support, establish and protect both early mother-infant attachment and breastfeeding in the hospital setting. It will highlight the personal tools necessary to enhance early parent-infant attachment, and help families to listen to and understand the language of the newborn.  Emphasis will be on honoring the mother’s beliefs and choices of infant feeding.

Duration: 2 days, 8am-5pm

CE: 16 CE

Price: $200

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FREE Coursebook: Birth & Beyond Breastfeeding Manual, by Jane Carsrud

Course Overview:

This course was adapted for the California Department of Public Health’s Birth and Beyond California Workshop and updated to meet the staff training objectives required by Baby Friendly USA TM for hospitals that are on the new 4 D Pathway to Baby Friendly TM designation.

To learn more about the Birth&Beyond Hospital Initiative, click here

Lactation Textbook Birth and Beyond Orange Count y and San DiegoPre-Requisites:

No clinical experience is required.

This course is recommended for all aspiring Labor & Delivery and Postpartum nurses. New Grads and Nursing Students are encouraged to enroll!

Transfer Nurses who would like to enter Labor & Delivery Care, NICU, or OB/Postpartum unit should enroll in this class!

You will receive a Certificate of Completion that awards you

  • 16 units towards your BabyFriendly(tm) USA training
  • These 16 CE are approved by the BRN for continuing education. Our Provider Number is 13004.
  • Your Certification of Completion is also sanctioned by Birth&Beyond, California Public Health Initiative.
Why Take This Class?

Changing the way we feed and nurture out newborn infants will impact their lives. Yet, changes are difficult to accept and implement. Understanding the positive impact for change is vital to the success of our goal. It is far easier to influence others on a value if you are vested in that value.

After completing this course you will be in awe of how natural motherhood is so well designed to keep baby as well as mother healthy and happy and how we, overtime, veered so far away from our natural behaviors and perpetuated illness, expense, and abusive behaviors.

Our duty as healthcare providers is to promote healthy habits to minimize illness and indorse practices to reduce violence in our society and promote emotional health.

You will find it amazing to understand how breastfeeding can do all that. I did. I am a convert! My biggest concern in our community and nation is the overwhelming escalation of violence with our children. It “boggles my mind” to understand how far from the normal we have become. School-yard bulling is an everyday occurrence which causes many children to take their own lives. Children with weapons has become a threat to all schools. “Why,” we ask, “does a child want to kill?” The answer may be attachment at birth with inability to bond with mother along with the socioeconomics of parenting without healthy role models within the family structure.


Neonatal Assessment

Neonatal Assessment is essential to alert the nurse of respiratory and cardiovascular disorders that occur with the newborn.

Duration: 4hrs

CE: 6

Class Schedule:

This class is offered ONLY as part of the Foundations of Postpartum series. For scheduled dates, please refer to the schedule above or Download the Foundations flyer.

FREE Course textbook: Neonatal Assessment by Jane Carsrud, RN

Neonatal Assessment Home Study Course

Course Description:

The primary goal of a neonatal assessment is to identify problems and become familiar with early intervention technique to stabilize an infant when emergencies occur. This course will discuss specific maternal risk that can cause particular neonatal effects.

Course Objectives:

Various health disorders can complicate pregnancy and ultimately have an effect on the neonate. Common health disorders complicating pregnancy and their neonatal effects are discussed to include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cardiac Disorders
  • Renal Disorders
  • Teratogens

Neonatal Assessment begins with:

  • The Apgar Score
  • The Ballard Score
  • The Neonatal Growth Evaluation Categories

Initial Assessment includes a complete:

  • Respiratory assessment
  • Cardiac assessment
  • Perfusion assessment
  • Neurological assessment
  • Gastrointestinal assessment.
  • Genitourinary assessment.
  • Musculoskeletal assessment
  • Skin assessment.

Life-threatening assessments include the following:

  • Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pneumothorax
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Cyanotic Heart Defects
  • Obstructive Heart Defects
  • Open wall defect
  • Tracheoesophageal Fistula
  • Necrotizing Entercolitis

Terminology and explanation of the each organ includes:

  • Skin with vesicular and cutaneous lesions
  • Eyes, ears, nose, and mouth defects
  • Identification of adventitious lung sounds and detection of heart murmurs
  • Intraabdominal defects of the liver, spleen, stomach, and umbilicus are identified
  • Musculoskeletal abnormalities such as hip dislocation, pilonidal sinus, syndactyly and polydactyly, and defects of motor activity.
  • Developmental reflexes and sensory function provides a neurological assessment
  • Genital abnormalities of the female and the male to include hypospadias, epispadias, fistulas and identification of gender assignment is essential.

It is imperative the nurse is able to perform a systematic assessment of a newborn and identify abnormal findings and respond effectively and quickly for the well-being of the newborn.


Assessment and Care of the Newborn – Patti J. Thureen – Saunders

Adaptation of Newborn

Adaptation of the Newborn includes important information about the Baby-Friendly hospital initiative.

Duration: 4 hrs

CE: 6

Class Schedule: This course is ONLY available through Foundations of Postpartum Care Series.

FREE Course Textbook: Adaptation of a Newborn, by Jane Carsrud

Adaptation of a Newborn Home Course

Course Overview: Short and long term infant outcomes may be affected by actions taken in the first hours and days of life. Accurate diagnosis, monitoring and communication contribute to patient safety and improved outcomes.

Reference: Assessment and Care of the Newborn, Patti Thureen, W.B. Sanders Neonatal Resuscitation Program – AAP 4th Ed. California Newborn Screen

Various health disorders can complicate pregnancy and ultimately have an effect on the neonate. Common health disorders complicating pregnancy and their neonatal effects are discussed to include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cardiac Disorders
  • Renal Disorders
  • Teratogens

Adaptation from uterine life to extrauterine life is multifaceted. They include the adaption of the following:

  • Respiratory
  • Umbilical Cord
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Thermogenesis
  • Immune System
  • Hematopoietic
  • Neurologic
  • Hepatic

Complications affecting the transition include:

  • Group B streptococci
  • Hepatitis B
  • Breastfeeding