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Providers get training in emergency deliveries

Everyone from nurses to paramedics to doctors -- who don't often encounter delivery -- engaged in various simulations during Basic Life Support in Obstetrics training at MAHEC in Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

"How much do y'all think is in this first cup?" -- It's an important question about postpartum hemorrhage to participants in a Basic Life Support in Obstetrics training at MAHEC in Asheville.

It's graphic, but knowing how much blood loss is too much is important.

"There is the potential for many deteriorations with the mother," said Natalie Ammons, who works in the emergency department at Cherokee Hospital.

"If we know she's lost a lot of blood, we're going to act faster," insisted MAHEC OB/GYN Dr. Bre Bolivar.

Everyone from nurses to paramedics to doctors -- who don't often encounter delivery -- engaged in various simulations, including CPR.

Every scenario participants deal with in this class doesn't just involve the mother's safety, but also the child's.

A breech birth is one example providers encounter.

"Being able to share my experiences and give them knowledge and keep them calmer and more prepared during an emergency situation is a real joy," said Bolivar.

"This is a course that really helps further your knowledge and skill level and helps (make) you much more comfortable with delivering," Ammons added.

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