Optimizing Labor: Back to the Bedside

PCEO Region II


This class was designed to heighten your knowledge regarding use of hands-on nursing practice to reduce the risk for a cesarean birth. You will learn the pathophysiology behind the movement of the baby into the birth canal and techniques to promote a vaginal birth.


  1. Discuss the incidence and risks of cesarean birth
  2. List the current birth practices that contribute to rising cesarean birth rates
  3. Describe the benefits of continuous labor support and implement positional interventions
  4. Discuss the pathophysiology behind fetal movement to promote descent into the birth canal for an optimal chance at a vaginal birth
  5. Identify resources to use when attempting to decrease the cesarean birth rate
  6. Demonstrate techniques to promote a vaginal birth

Contact Hours: 6.9

Kettering Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Louisiana State Nurses AssociationApprover, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This activity is jointly provided by Kettering Health & PCEO.

Faculty: Qualified and experienced Certified Nurse Midwives, L&D Nurses, and Perinatal Nurse Educators

Target Audience: RNs working in labor and delivery