Today I would like to share huge news for the prevention of maternal nerve injuries! A big thank you to Jennifer Gibson Webb, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Martha Sleutel, PhD, RN, CNS, C-EFM for their tireless work and advocacy to the medical community on behalf of all women who have suffered nerve damage from childbirth in their lower extremities
In May, Jennifer and Martha presented virtually to the American College of Nurse Midwives conference about lower extremity nerve damage from childbirth. Then in November, they virtually presented protocols for the prevention of LENI ( Lower Extremity Nerve Injury) at the AWHONN ( Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing) National Conference, which is a national conference for nurses. Jennifer was then was invited by AWHONN to record a podcast detailing her story, along with an anesthesiologist that helped rewrite some change in literature on the subject. This podcast was sent out to all members of AWHONN across the nation. They talk about nerve injuries from positioning and how to prevent them, what to look out for, and more. Check out the podcast here: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2gCHfucxuiTxnYc0e0xq31?si=29FwkFw8TSit-HxIjbFjXA
Additionally, the LENI protocols are being endorsed by AWHONN and were recently published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. Please read more about the practice brief here: https://www.jognn.org/article/S0884-2175(20)30121-0/fulltext?fbclid=IwAR2vBVwM-g67tB5Z-4SByGk2EsCOgpg4n6v31lDIYxiQt5-GjEeXVDZ1Rwg
So grateful for all of this news! And thank you again to Jennifer and Martha!