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Continuing Education

Resolving Shoulder Dystocia (RSD)

A safe birth. A solution for every problem. We want the first. We expect the second—but solutions can evade us. Learn safe techniques for multiple types of shoulder dystocia. This course is recommended for providers and birth workers.

Continuing education credits with Midwife and Spinning Babies® Creator Gail Tully. You get access to presentations, birth videos, first-hand experiences of midwives, practice drills, printable resources, and more for 60 days. This course reviews birth anatomy, the different types of SD, solutions for each type, and how to think critically in a time of crisis and incorporate this life-saving information into your practice.

    Course Objectives
  1. Identify an early sign of shoulder dystocia

  2. Compare an inlet and outlet dystocia

  3. List the four steps of FlipFLOP for resolving shoulder dystocia

  4. Plan an appropriate technique for bilateral inlet dystocia

  5. Strategize an appropriate technique for bilateral outlet dystocia

American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) has approved this course for 3 contact hours (3 CEs). Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC) has approved this course for 3 contact hours (3 CEs). This course provides three (3) continuing education contact hours from ANCC. Spinning Babies® is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

For an educational license and group rate to show a group of students without CEs, please contact shop@spinningbabies.com.

This course is active for 60 days. Expiration dates can be reset at any time before taking the pre-test. After taking the pre-test, extension beyond the 60 days will be $10.

  • Intro to Resolving Shoulder Dystocia by Spinning Babies®
  • Pre-test
  • Module 1: Normal Birth and Anatomy
  • Intro to Normal Birth and Anatomy
  • 1.1 Anatomy for Birth
  • 1.2 Normal Birth of the Shoulders
  • Module 2: Types of Shoulder Dystocia
  • Intro to Types of Shoulder Dystocia
  • 2.1 Unilateral Inlet Dystocia
  • 2.2 Bilateral Inlet Dystocia
  • 2.3 Anterior-Posterior Outlet Dystocia
  • 2.4 Transverse Outlet Dystocia
  • 2.5 Barrel-Chested Baby Stalled in the Midpelvis
  • 2.6 Arm behind the Back
  • 2.7 Signals to Act
  • Module 3: Techniques for Resolving Shoulder Dystocia
  • Intro to Techniques for Resolving Shoulder Dystocia
  • 3.1 Move the Mother
  • 3.2 FlipFLOP: Step One
  • 3.3 FlipFLOP: Step Two
  • 3.4 FlipFLOP: Step Three
  • 3.5 FlipFLOP: Step Four
  • FlipFLOP Handout
  • 3.6 PAC Pull
  • 3.7 McRobert's Maneuver
  • 3.8 Woods and Rubins Rotations
  • 3.9 Inspired Maneuvers
  • Module 4: Application and Practice
  • Intro to Application and Practice
  • 4.1 Coordinating Your Birth Team
  • 4.2 Practice Drills
  • 4.3 Considerations in Practice
  • Post-test
  • Post-test
  • Module 5: Case Studies and Communities
  • Intro to Case Studies and Birth Stories
  • 5.1 The Three Principles of Easier SD Resolution
  • 5.2 Real Resolutions in Action
  • 5.3 Jess and the Midwives Role Play
  • 5.4 Midpelvis and Outlet: Reba's Double Shoulder Dystocia Story
  • 5.5 Testimonies and stories
  • 5.6 Lilly had a little lamb
  • Resources
  • Printable Resources
  • RSD Bibliography
  • Legal Facts You Want To Know For Teaching
  • Usage Guidelines
Completion rules
  • You must complete the test "Post-test"
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 2 years