A new free CPD Online Learning Opportunity

Congenital cytomegalovirus – prevention is in your hands

We are pleased to announce the launch of Congenital Cytomegalovirus (CMV) – Prevention is in Your Hands. This e-learning course is provided to you FREE through a partnership with Cerebral Palsy Alliance, The University of Sydney, CMV Australia and ACM. 

CMV is a common herpesvirus that circulates widely in our community. Just like other infections that you may be more familiar with, (e.g. Rubella), CMV infection during pregnancy can cause damage to the developing fetus.  Research tells us that pregnant women want to know about CMV and what they can do to remain healthy during pregnancy. Counselling regarding simple preventive strategies has been shown to reduce CMV seroconversion during pregnancy and women find prevention messaging to be both acceptable and useful.

Developed with midwives, obstetricians, infectious diseases specialists, researchers and families who have been impacted by CMV,  this interactive course is designed to support you to be informed about this common virus and the new CMV RANZCOG guidelines so that you can feel confident in supporting women in your care.

Learn about:

  • CMV and how it is spread;
  • congenital CMV and how it can affect babies;
  • recommended prevention strategies for reducing the risk of CMV infection and transmission during pregnancy;
  • the role of midwives in counselling pregnant women about CMV;
  • current CMV education resources; and
  • current recommendations for serological testing of maternal CMV.

This FREE course has been recognised by the ACM for 2 CPD hours, which is equivalent to the course duration. So why wait – hop over to https://www.midwives.org.au/shop/congenital-cmv-prevention-your-hands and access the course today.

Author information

Dr Hayley Smithers-Sheedy and Kath Swinburn, Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, The University of Sydney

Anne Lainchbury, Clinical Midwifery Consultant Midwifery Practice Development and Perinatal Research Coordinator, Royal Hospital for Women

Bev Hall, Clinical Midwifery Consultant, NSW Pregnancy and Newborn Services Network (PSN)

Kate Daly, CMV Australia

Dr Antonia Shand, Obstetrician, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, Royal Hospital for Women, Randwick, The University of Sydney