Representatives from Inova Loudoun Hospital hosted a birthing training session Feb. 22 at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department building. The event helped several dozen paramedics and emergency medical technicians hone their skills delivering babies.
Ashburn Healthplex Emergency Room Clinical Director Johanna Kushan helped organize the event in her capacity as the hospital’s public safety liaison. She said she saw this workshop as a perfect asset to assist emergency medical service personnel who may be used to helping patients with chest pains and injuries but less accustomed to birthing a baby.
“When the baby is being born it gets a little more exciting,” Kushan said.
Several doctors and birthing clinical specialists from multiple hospitals were on hand to offer their advice. The EMS personnel worked through seven different situational stations using hospital birthing simulators.
The workshop was well received by the participants, who are well aware of the potential for a birth. During a snowstorm last January, three babies were born in Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue vehicles in one weekend alone.
Kushan said this event is the first in a planned series of workshops for medical and rescue staff. In April there will be a workshop to teach first responders best practices when dealing with patients with autism, and later, she plans to organize events to teach staff how to best deal with trauma situations.
“My goal is to bring more education to people and to bring something that helps them work together in the community,” Kushan said.