Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives

Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives

Online Course

Target Audience:

Registered midwives working in British Columbia

Course Format: 10-15 hours interactive online module
Online: anytime, anywhere on any device

Online Module from Vancouver BC


Opioids and BenzodiazepinesSafe Prescribing for Midwives

This online course aims to provide midwives with the background education necessary to safely and effectively prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines for clients experiencing pain in labour and postpartum. Download course brochure.

How to access the eLearning course

  • STEP 1: Register 
    • Complete the registration form
    • An enrolment key will be emailed to the address you provide

Now that you have your enrolment key:

Now that you are logged in:

  • STEP 3: Access the course
    • From the home page, click on the course titled “Opioids and Benzodiazepines: Safe Prescribing for Midwives” or go to this url:http://elearning.ubccpd.ca/course/view.php?id=31
    • Under Self enrolment (Student) enter the enrolment key that you received after registering in the course
    • Click “Enrol me”

Skills Gained

On completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology of acute pain
  2. Describe the use of the visual analogue and verbal rating pain scales to assess level of pain
  3. Describe the basic pharmacology of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines
  4. Describe the basic pharmacokinetics of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines
  5. List the adverse effects and drug interactions associated with opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines
  6. Discuss the issues of tolerance, dependence and addiction with opioids and benzodiazepines
  7. Assess and identify whether or not opioids and benzodiazepines may be suitable for the medical needs of the person
  8. Select and administer appropriate opioids when necessary for labour in hospital and for postpartum
  9. Monitor client for efficacy and toxicity of opioids or benzodiazepines including how to manage an overdose
  10. Explain the effects of opioids and benzodiazepines when taken during pregnancy and lactation
  11. Describe the effect these agents have on labour, as well as, on the fetus and neonate
  12. Outline the basic principles of prescribing and steps for rational prescribing
  13. Write a legal prescription with all of the required elements in a professional format
  14. Demonstrate adherence to ethical and legal standards of prescriptive practice


General $199
BC Registered Midwives $199
Undergraduates in
UBC Midwifery Program

Cost included with tuition

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UBC CPD eLearning, cpd.online@ubc.ca

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