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American Academy of Pediatrics. Dedicated to the Health of All Children Products displayed: Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) Book I: Maternal And Fetal Evaluation And Immediate Newborn Care (PC0019). Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) Book II: Maternal And Fetal Care (PC0020). Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) Book III: Neonatal Care (PC0021). Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP) Book IV: Specialized Newborn Care (PC0022).

Perinatal Continuing Education Program (PCEP)

PCEP is a comprehensive, self-paced educational program for healthcare providers who care for pregnant women or newborn babies. The program offers practical, cost-effective education on perinatal care to hospital-based providers.

Who should take PCEP?

Hospital staff who care for pregnant women or newborn
babies, including:

  • NICU nurses
  • OB-GYN nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • nurse midwives
  • neonatologists
  • respiratory therapists.

Course Content

The program is split into four sections, each with its own textbook.

Book I: Maternal and Fetal Evaluation and Immediate
Newborn Care

Concepts and material covered include:

  • determining fetal presentation with Leopold maneuvers
  • electronic fetal monitoring
  • electronic cardiorespiratory monitoring and pulse oximetry
  • suctioning, oxygen management in delivery, and Apgar score
  • estimating gestational age
  • incubators and neutral thermal environments
  • blood glucose screenings.

Book II: Maternal and Fetal Care

Concepts and material covered include:

  • risks, classification, and treatment of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy
  • identifying and managing causes of obstetric hemorrhage
  • preventing, recognizing, and treating postpartum hemorrhage
  • risks of perinatal infections to woman, fetus, and newborn, and treatments
  • antimicrobial therapy during pregnancy
  • medical risk factors during pregnancy and labor, and postpartum
  • abnormal glucose tolerance and its importance to mother and fetus
  • assessing and responding to premature rupture of amniotic membranes
  • causes, risks, and management of preterm labor
  • inducing and augmenting labor
  • recognizing abnormal labor and assessing risks
  • delivery and transport.

Book III: Neonatal Care

Concepts and material covered include:

  • administering and monitoring oxygen
  • recognizing respiratory distress
  • detecting and treating a pneumothorax
  • inserting and managing umbilical catheters
  • measuring blood pressure
  • inserting and managing peripheral intravenous infusions
  • tube feeding and nasogastric tube insertion
  • identifying and treating jaundice
  • identifying and caring for sick and at-risk babies

Book IV: Specialized Newborn Care

Concepts and material covered include:

  • transducer blood pressure monitoring
  • exchange, reduction, and direct transfusions
  • delivery of continuous positive airway pressure
  • assisted ventilation with mechanical ventilators
  • surfactant administration
  • continuing care for at-risk babies.

Continuing education credits:

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are available for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare providers who care for pregnant women or newborn babies. See "Product Details" on individual product pages for more information.

Textbooks can be used for self-paced or instructor-led training.