2020 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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Waukee, Iowa 50263

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Ankeny, Iowa 50023

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Des Moines, Iowa 50312

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6000 University Avenue
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West Des Moines, Iowa 50266

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4020 Merle Hay Road
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Des Moines, Iowa 50310

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6520 SE 14th St.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320

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2020 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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We're Going Virtual - reduced price

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are moving our conference to a virtual format. This will help ensure the safety and well-being of our attendees while still providing you with the outstanding speakers and education you are used to receiving at our conference year after year.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 | 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM


To enable the learner to apply evidence-based information to care for the perinatal family.

Intended Audience:

Nurses and other interested healthcare professionals in obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics and family practice. 

Cost: New Reduced Price



Deadline to register is Monday September 21, 2020 at 10 a.m. 
Registration is online only. No refunds will be given. 

Nursing Contact Hours

IBON Provider #31, UnityPoint Health®– Des Moines, awards 6.5 contact hour(s) for full attendance. Individual credits cannot be given for individual sessions. You must attend all session for credit. 


7:00 a.m. 
7:30-8:00  a.m.               
Announcements & Welcome
Stephen Stephenson, MD, President, COO, Blank Children's Hospital and Women's Services
8:00-8:45 a.m.                                                                 

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) in Obstetrics
Melanie Hermann, MSN, ARNP, C-EFM, CNS-BC, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist,  UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
Lauren Sullivan, RN, Labor and Delivery, UnityPoint Heath- Des Moines

1. Review the implementation and outcomes of the ERAS bundle for cesarean patients.
8:45-10:15 a.m.

So The Mother Has What? Neonatal Infections in the Setting of Maternal Transmission
Veena Ramachandran, MD, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Blank Children’s Hospital Rosanna Rosa, MD, Infectious Disease, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
1. Provide brief review of the development of the fetal/neonatal immune system.
2. Discuss presentation, diagnosis, and management of neonatal infections acquired through maternal transmission.
10:15-10:25  a.m.                      Break / Exhibits 
10:25 a.m.-Noon

Perinatal Mood Disorders
Tami Fahnlander, D.O., F.A.C.O.G., Obstetrician/Gynecologist, UnityPoint OB/GYN Clive-Waukee Christine Young, LISW PMH-C, Outpatient Mental Health Therapist, Broadlawns Medical Center Rebecca Lundquist, M.D., Program Directory, Psychiatry Residency, Broadlawns Medical Center
1. Identify primary risk factors for postpartum depression, anxiety, and obsessive compulsion disorder.
2. Describe decision-making strategies for evaluation and screening mothers.
Noon-12:30 p.m.
12:30-1:15 p.m.

Eating is Easy: Until it’s not!
Amy Couchman, MA, CCC/SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Blank Children’s Hospital
1. Identify feeding tips and strategies for the newborn struggling to establish oral feedings.
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Diabetes in Pregnancy
Stephen L. Pedron, MD, MBA, Maternal Fetal Medicine, UnityPoint Health-Cedar Rapids
1. Describe the physiology of insulin & fuel management.
2. Identify the effects of diabetes on maternal & fetal outcomes.
3. Explore different management strategies for diabetes during pregnancy.
 2:15-2:45 p.m.

An Update on Eat, Sleep, Console (ESC): Where are we now?
Amy Ferguson, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, UnityPoint Health-Des Moines
1. Discuss the results of data collection since changing the model of care.
2. Identify continued improvements and challenges with the new protocols.
 2:45-3:15 p.m.

The Power of You
Jennifer Connor, Organizational Development Business Partner, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
1. Discover different communication styles and the impact it on has on team and patient care.
 3:15-3:30 p.m.
 Evaluations / Adjourn

More Information

Due to Covid-19 this years' conference will be virtual. We will be using GoToWebinar. Please plan to use a computer to attend the conference and not a mobile phone to ensure you receive credit for attending.

In order to qualify for CEU's, you must be logged in before the first session begins. You must remain an active participant through all sessions to receive CEU's. No partial credit can be given for missed sessions. I recommend signing in early so you have time to fix any technical issues.

For questions, please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.

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