Participant ~ Frequently Asked Questions ~
This page is devoted to providing participants with the information they need, as they prepare to attend a BEST LIVE workshop. We look forward to seeing you and working with reviewing, improving and practicing essential birth emergency skills. Together we can improve outcomes for women and babies while elevating out of hospital midwifery.
What do I need to do to prepare for the Birth Emergency Skills Training® (B.E.S.T.) Workshop?
You must complete approximately 10 hours of online learning in preparation for the hands-on workshop. This includes achieving 80% or higher on the 2 quizzes, at the end of the curriculum, created in a way to reinforce key concepts and not to trick :) You may take them multiple times so there is no need to stress over it.
How do I get the most out of the online program?
The online program is packed full of powerpoint video presentations, video demonstrations, reflection and learning exercises and more. First and foremost, take your time, go back to the materials and repeat lessons, revisit and write new protocols or insights gained as you learn, explore the reflection questions and discuss with others participants if you like. There is a lot of information and taking it in in small chunks is the best way to retain the information. The program keeps track of your progress, please remember to press 'Lesson Complete' after each and every lesson so the computer program can no this accurately.
When will I get the link to access both the B.E.S.T and NRP online programs?
You will receive the links to access the online programs approximately 3-4 prior to your workshop. You will receive these links from your host via email. We ask that you please save your login page along with username and password so that you can re-access the programs easily.
What do I need to do to prepare for Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Certification?
You must complete the online portion of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program prior to attending the workshop including scoring 80% or higher on the 2 quizzes along with participating in the online simulations. In addition, you must print your completion certificate along with signing the confidentiality statement.
What is the schedule for the day?
The hands-on skills day is a busy and full day of learning and practicing new skills with other birth workers. The more you participate and practice both at the skills stations and with strap-on models --- to act out birth scenarios, the more you will get from the day. Get a good nights sleep, Dress comfortably and come prepared to learn and practice!
The following is a rough schedule of the day. We are always flexible to individual needs which may affect the times outlined below :)
8:45 to 9:00 - arrive, sign in and settle in
9:00 - 9:30 ~ group discussion and introductions
9:30 - 11:15 ~ Group divides into two groups in two separate rooms of active learning and practice.
11:15 - 11:45 ~ small group debriefing and birth story sharing related to emergencies / skills just reviewed.
11:45 - 1:30 ~ small group switches room and continues active learning and practice.
1:30 - 2:30 ~ lunch (please bring your own as there is not enough time to go out to eat)
2:30 - 4:00 ~ active learning and practice in small groups
4:00 - 4:15 ~ small group debriefing and birth story sharing related to emergencies / skills just reviewed.
4:15 - 5:45 ~ active learning and practice in small groups
5:45 ~ at this time we will gather as a group and do one more exercise together followed by questions and closing remarks.
Aside from lunch, there are two built in opportunities for sharing stories in the form of debriefings as we know that sharing experiential knowledge (what worked, what did not work, how might we change things in the future), is this is one of the best ways midwives learn from one another.
How much does the B.E.S.T workshop cost?
The cost of the workshop is $500 (paid to your host) plus $35 (paid online with registration in the online program).
How much does NRP certification cost?
For those also attending B.E.S.T, the cost $175 (paid to your host) plus $38 (paid online with registration in the online program).
Those not attending B.E.S.T will pay $200 (to host) plus $38 (paid online with registration in the online program).
What if I can not attend the workshop I have registered for?
Due to the considerable expense of travel and lodging, B.E.S.T does not issue refunds.
Should you be unable to make the workshop for any reason, we will issue you a 'BEST Receipt' which you can use to attend any workshop in the United States within the year. All you have to do, is contact the host of the workshop you wish to attend and let them know you will be attending on a BEST receipt.
We can not issue a Completion Certificate with CEUs until both the online and hands-on portions have been completed.
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