RUMFORD – Nurses of the Rumford Hospital Birthing Center have passed an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics exam demonstrating competence in an important life-saving knowledge base. The exam has two parts: A written examination and hands-on skills demonstrations in simulated delivery situations.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics is a program of the American Academy of Family Physicians. It is an educational program designed to assist health professionals in developing and maintaining the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage the emergencies that arise in maternity care. The course is designed for physicians and nurse midwives who deliver babies, but nurses are welcome to attend.

Those passing the exam are: Birthing Center nurse manager Joette Carlton, RNC; Shandi Averill, RN; Michelle Gilbert, RNC; Nicole Nolette, RNC; Faye Souve, RN; and Lynn Stoodley, RN. Together they have 75 years of nursing experience. Gilbert, Nolette and Carlton are also certified by the National Accreditation Center as obstetrical nurses. Gilbert is a certified lactation consultant, as well.

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