In early 2020, AWHONN released the Analgesia and Anesthesia in the Intrapartum Period: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline. Soon after, our Science Team was contacted by Nurse Jennifer Webb, who shared her story of lower extremity nerve injury (LENI) in an effort to bring awareness to this issue, and emphasize the importance of proper position during the intrapartum period.

On this episode, we sit down with Dr. Cheryl Parker – AWHONN Science Team member and Assistant Director of the Program of Nurse Anesthesia at Murray State University, and Jennifer Web – Critical Care Nurse at Texas Health. Tune in to learn more about LENI, and the collaboration that led to the development of AWHONN Practice Brief No. 11 – Lower Extremity Nerve Injury in Childbirth.

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About the Speakers

Cheryl Parker, DNP, CRNA, RNC-OB

Cheryl Parker is the Assistant Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program at Murray State University, in Kentucky.  She is also an actively practicing anesthetist with Obstetric Anesthesia Consultants at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.  She earned her BSN from Eastern Kentucky University and her MSN and DNP from Murray State University.  She has been a nurse for 26 years, working primarily in the areas of women’s health, specifically: Postpartum, L&D, and NICU.  For the last 12 years her focus has been on Obstetric Anesthesia.  She is a member of the AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists), SOAP (Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology), and a long-standing member of AWHONN (Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nursing) where she serves on the Public Policy Committee.  In 2019 she was instrumental in the submission and acceptance of KY HR73; approved legislation establishing January 23rd as Women’s Health Awareness Day in the state of Kentucky.  

Jennifer Webb

Jennifer Webb achieved an Associate Degree in Nursing from El Centro College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Aspen University. She is certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse. She is a Preoperative/Postanesthesia Care Unit Staff Nurse at the Texas Health Hospital in Arlington, Texas. She recently completed several professional presentations at her organization. She is a member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Jennifer has become incredibly passionate about education on the topic of nerve injuries from childbirth, because of a personal experience. She has set out to not only educate, but orchestrate changes for maternal health.