Nadia Bardien, Nursing Unit Manager of the Perinatal Department at the Mercy Hospital for Women, is a leading educator on fetal surveillance and is passionate about midwifery teaching and research. She believes that midwives play a key role in caring for women with high risk pregnancies in collaboration with medical colleagues.
Mercy Perinatal is proud to be leading the way in clinical education and fetal surveillance training for midwives. We hold regular midwifery seminars on “Caring for mothers and babies with risk factors”, covering key topics such as twin pregnancy, fetal abnormalities, maternal obesity, fetal growth restriction, diabetes and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. We also provide in-house training to Mercy Hospital midwives and doctors on cardiotocography (CTG) interpretation through the RANZCOG Fetal Surveillance Education Program (FSEP) package, including one-on-one staff training for level 3 accreditation.
We also believe that midwives should have the opportunity to gain skills in ultrasound-based methods of fetal assessment and utilize these skills in a supportive, multidiscplinary environment. Professor Walker and Nadia Bardien have developed a structured ultrasound learning package for midwives on fetal presentation and wellbeing. To date, 46 midwives have completed our ‘Physics of Ultrasound and ‘Fetal Presentation scan’ modules, and a further 15 midwifes have continued on to achieve competency in amniotic fluid index measurement, biophysical profile assessment and umbilical artery Doppler measurement. Three senior staff members in Fetal Surveillance Unit are currently completing the training in fetal middle cerebral artery Doppler measurements. We also provide training for midwives from our clinical partners at The Northern Hospital and Werribee Mercy Hospital.
In 2017 we aim to hold several ultrasound training days specifically aimed at midwives who wish to upskill in ultrasound assessment of fetal presentation and the amniotic fluid index. For further information on these training days, please contact us at email@example.com.