frequently asked questions


WHAT MAKES KAREN’S CLASS DIFFERENT?

Karen teaches a neonatal resuscitation workshop using evidence based studies as its foundation and core. She incorporates the traditional AAP/NRP information, then expands on that by discussing the published research regarding neonatal resuscitation.

Karen discusses the current AAP/NRP 2016 guidelines and the 2015 Emergency Cardiac Care Guidelines of the Neonate, from which NRP is derived. She discusses topics such as thermal management, clarity about meconium, suctioning, the use of oxygen, cord clamping (neonatal transitional physiology), and much more. She speaks clearly regarding when, why and how to help a baby in respiratory distress or in need of neonatal resuscitation.

Karen also addresses what works in the out-of-hospital setting, in birth centers, and anywhere a baby is born. She enlightens her participants on how “our bodies” respond in an emergency, then instructs and helps participants practice skill sets to help them perform more efficiently.

This unique workshop is taught from the baby’s perspective, physically, psychologically and emotionally. Karen is one of the few instructors who constantly updates their teaching material, by conducting many case reviews (debriefs) with birth professionals throughout the year. This allows Karen to incorporate their various perspectives and pitfall experiences, which allows for more clarity of action.


WHO CAN ATTEND THIS CLASS?

Anyone can attend Karen’s workshop! There are no prerequisites to attend Karen's workshop.

This class is specifically designed and taught for any setting where babies are born, including hospital, birth centers and home births.  The class is suitable for MDs, EMTs, CNMs, CMs, PAs, CPMs, DEMs, RNs, doulas, birth assistants, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, students, apprentices, helpers and anyone who may be present around the time of birth, including parents.

A note about Doulas... 

"A doula who understands the resuscitation process is a doula who will more calmly accompany a family whose baby requires this intervention. I know that the theoretical and practical awareness Karen offers is invaluable because I have been "that doula" when resuscitation was needed!  During a resuscitation, the doula may be the only one who focuses on the parents and can respond to their questions. She can't do that if she is unfamiliar with the procedure.  Rather than standing at the parents side as shocked and lost as they are, she can allay their panic via her composed presence.  The birth atmosphere will change  precipitously with most resuscitations....the doula can provide constancy, a low soothing voice and explanation, thus keeping the parents present during these harrowing moments. While the medical providers offer the resuscitation...the doula can mitigate the parents' sense of impotency and desperation. Karen's course is called INTEGRATIVE resuscitation for a reason!"
- Joni Nichols doula in CA


HOW MUCH DOES ATTENDING THE WORKSHOP COST?

Attending Karen’s class costs about $240 USD per person. Visit Upcoming Workshops and read the information for the specific workshop you're interested in.

If you need or want the AAP/NRP card you will need to take the online exam, after receiving email notification that the class is guaranteed. The fee for the exam is $35 which goes directly to AAP. Please read the AAP/NRP Book & Testing Information for more information.

Obtaining the CEUs from the class cost an additional $10. CEUS are available from Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), California Association of Midwives (CAM), and North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).


I’M TRAVELING TO THE WORKSHOP. WHEN SHOULD I MAKE MY TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS?

Do not buy your plane ticket or make any reservations until the class is guaranteed by a minimum number of registrants.

Please contact us at info@karenstrange.com before you buy your ticket to verify the class you wish to attend is happening.


WHAT’S THE REFUND POLICY?

We understand that attendees may be unable to attend for a variety of reasons.

If contact is made with Karen, the sponsor or Amanda@karenstrange.com by the morning of the class, a full refund will be issued. If no contact is made by the date of the class, a $50 fee will be deducted from the refund amount.

If you are unable to attend a workshop, and Karen is teaching other workshops in the area, you may be able to transfer your registration to a new class. Please contact Karen if you are interested in this option.

Due to the new 7th Edition LMS, if you need the NRP card, but you fail to 'Choose an Instructor-Led Event' on HealthStream before the day of the class, you will not receive a card. If you need the NRP card, but didn't 'Choose an Instructor-Led Event' and then cancel as a result of not following the directions, you will receive a 50% refund on your workshop fee to Karen's class. Please contact amanda@karenstrange.com for more information.

If you decide you don't want the NRP card, then you may still come and enjoy Karen's workshop. Karen cannot refund any fees paid to AAP/NRP and HealthStream.


ARE BABIES IN ARMS ALLOWED IN CLASS?

Yes. Babies are more than welcome in the class as long as they are fairly quiet. Usually this is true of most young babies.  Older babies are okay too, as long as the mother is aware of the noise her baby may be making.   If the baby is disrupting others, it is recommended that the mother step out until the baby settles, then return to the room.


CAN I AUDIT THE CLASS?

Audits are not offered for Karen’s workshop. The purpose of an audit is to sit in on a class you’ve already attended. Karen is constantly updating her material which makes each class unique. Karen’s workshop is very different than ALL other NRP courses and therefore new content will be offered. Read here for more information on what makes Karen's class different than typical NRP courses. Contact Karen if you have any questions.


I ALREADY HAVE A CURRENT NRP CARD, IS THIS STILL A GOOD CLASS FOR ME?

Karen’s workshop is a great class for anyone present around the time of birth, whether or not they are seeking the AAP/NRP card. Read here for what makes Karen's class different.


HOW DO I GET THE NRP CARD?

For those who want/need the AAP/NRP 7th Edition Provider Card, you must:

  1. Register and pay for Karen's workshop on this site.
  2. Read the 7th Edition Textbook (all 11 chapters are now included)
  3. Once you receive email notification that the class is guaranteed, you'll log into AAP/NRP 7th Edition LMS and set up your HealthStream ID
  4. Complete the 7th Edition Online Exam, eSim, and evaluation
  5. After completing Part 1 (exam, eSim, and evaluation), then to complete Part 2, you MUST 'Choose and Event' for the 'Instructor-Led (Hands-On Session) Live Event' on HealthStream - to register for Karen's class on HealthStream
  6. Print your CE certificate and it to Karen's workshop
  7. Once you receive the post workshop email, you can view or print your eCard on HealthStream (about a week after the class)

The new process is quite involved and takes more time to complete than the old online exam. Please plan on a minimum of 6-8 hours to go through the whole process (setting up HealthStream ID, online exam, eSim, evaluation, choosing an instructor led event). Check out our Book & Testing page for more info.

Karen has created a detailed video walkthru to take you all the way through the process. (View video here) If you have any questions please contact info@karenstrange.com


WHICH EDITION OF THE TEXTBOOK OF NEONATAL RESUSCITATION
(6TH OR 7TH), ARE YOU USING?

For 2017 Workshops, we are using the AAP/NRP 7th Edition Textbook.

Check out our Book & Testing page for more detailed info.


I WORK IN THE HOSPITAL SETTING, IS THIS STILL A GOOD CLASS FOR ME?

This is a great class for any professional working in any birth setting, including home, birth center, or hospital births.

Please be advised, Karen’s class DOES NOT teach specific hospital protocols, how to do a particular job, or policies related to any specific hospital. Those specifics must be obtained from the professional’s place of employment or employer.


ARE CEUS AVAILABLE?

Yes! Obtaining the CEUs from the class cost an additional $10 (not included in workshop fee). 5 CEUS are available from Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC), California Association of Midwives (CAM), and North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).

An additional 2 (FREE!) CEUs are available after viewing Karen's online videos which are included in the workshop fee.

11 CEUs are available for the NRP online exam, on HealthStream. (11 CEUs from NRP not available for CPMs.)


I LOST MY NRP CARD. CAN I REQUEST A REPLACEMENT?

Yes. If you've attended one of Karen Strange's class in the past 2 years, then you can request a replacement card. Karen cannot issue cards taught by other instructors. 

Replacement NRP cards are available for a $10 fee. Please visit Lost NRP Card to submit a request.


RELEASE OF LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Karen Strange cannot be held responsible for natural disasters, weather, labor strikes, acts of war or other events that may cause any workshops to be rescheduled. Karen Strange reserves the right to postpone the workshop to another time, date and location, if necessary. In the event of a workshop cancellation, refunds will be issued. Registrants may also transfer their fees toward any other Karen Strange workshop.

Karen Strange does not teach specific hospital protocols, how to do a particular job, or policies related to any specific hospital. Those specifics must be obtained from the professional’s place of employment or employer.

The Neonatal Resuscitation Textbook 7th Edition Pg. xii states that Completion Does Not Imply Competence. “The Neonatal Resuscitation Program is an educational program that introduces the concepts and basic skills of neonatal resuscitation. Completion of the program does not imply that an individual has the competence to perform neonatal resuscitation. Each hospital is responsible for determining the level of competence and qualifications required for someone to assume clinical responsibility for neonatal resuscitation.”

The views and opinions expressed by Karen Strange are her own and may not represent the views and opinions held by AAP/NRP, or any other organization.

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