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The delivery of a baby in the emergency department is not ideal, but it may not always be avoidable. Most Canadians have timely access to twenty-four hour obstetrical care, so a labouring patient may be easily transferred to a delivery suite. However, “many births will occur in the emergency department or prior to arrival.” (Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course [ENPC], 2004).

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this module are to help prepare the emergency care nurse in the event of a vaginal delivery in the emergency department, and to review important considerations while caring for the delivering patient and neonate. Suggestion: Begin this module by reviewing Obstetrical Anatomy and Physiology by playing a round of Pregnancy in Jeopardy.


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