2018 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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2018 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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Virginia Thompson Auditorium
Education and Research Center
UnityPoint Health - Des Moines, Blank Children's Hospital Campus
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309


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. 


  1. Outline resources to assist in creating a diverse yet safe environment in the hospital setting.
  2. Recognize updated evidence-based approaches to nursing.
  3. Identify recent changes in healthcare that affect the maternal-newborn dyad.


$35 — RN Nursing Students*
$55 — Retired Nurses
$70 — UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Employees
$80 — Other Attendees
*Student discount applies only to full-time nursing students who do not currently hold a registered nursing license. Student identification or proof of enrollment will be requested when you check in at on-site registration.

Continuing Education Credit:

IBON Provider #31, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, awards 6.75 contact hours for full attendance.


Deadline to register is Friday, September 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. Registration is online only.
Registration substitutions are allowed. No refunds will be given. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Jessica Dinh at (515) 241-3537 or Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org


 7:30 a.m. 
8:20 a.m.         

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

 Intrauterine Drug Exposure: Testing, Interpretation & What to do Next
 Discuss available drug tests for newborns, interpreting results when a newborn is born
 positive for drugs and how to manage positive drug screen results.

 Regina Butteris, MD, FAAFP, Medical Director, Child Protection Center, UnityPoint
 Health – St. Luke's Hospital
 9:30 a.m.

 Everyone’s Welcome: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environment for LGBTQ Families
 Increase awareness and knowledge in caring for LGBTQ families.
 Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Executive Director, One Iowa
 10:45 a.m.            Break / Exhibits 
 11 a.m.

 Breakout Sessions (choose one)

 1.  Riding the Roller Coaster of Fetal Heart Tones During Labor
      Analyze fetal heart rate patterns and uterine activity for fetal well-being through case study analysis.
      Melanie Hermann, MSN, ARNP, RNC-OB, CNS-BC, Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist, UnityPoint Health- Des Moines
      Mickie Byers, RN, BSN, Staff Nurse, Iowa Lutheran Maternity Center, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
 2. Tipping the Scales Towards Health: Cultural Views on Newborn Feeding
Utilize a best practice approach for breastfeeding support while continuing to support the unique diversity of the family culture.
      Heidi Fahler, RN, BSN, IBCLC, NICU and Lactation Services, Blank Children’s Hospital
 12 p.m.  Lunch (Thank you Abbott Nutrition for your lunch contribution)
 1 p.m.

 Breakout Sessions (choose one)

 3. Thinking Sepsis? Balancing the Risk for Sepsis with Antibiotic Stewardship
Describe the delicate balance between treating and not treating with antibiotics when the baby is at risk for infection.
      Samir Alabsi, M.D., Director of Neonatology, Blank Children’s Hospital
 4. Improving Care in the Fourth Trimester: Preventing Maternal Readmissions
     Review strategies to help prevent maternal readmission following delivery.
     Erin Lehman, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, UnityPoint Clinic — Des Moines
     Chelse Talton, Patient Care Tech, Methodist Maternity Services, UnityPoint Health — Des Moines
 1:45 p.m.  Break / Exhibits
 2 p.m.

 I Didn’t See This in the Job Description: Tackling Violence in the Hospital
 Discuss your role and options during an active shooter.
 Mike Wilwol, Manager of Department of Public Safety, UnityPoint Health — Des Moines
 Scott Draper, Risk Manager & Safety Officer, UnityPoint Health — Des Moines
 3:30 p.m.  What Color Do You Bleed: Bridging the Nursing Communication Gap
 Discover your communication style and the impact it has on your team and patient care.
 Reylon Meeks, RN, MS, MSN, Nurse Manager, Blank Children's Hospital
 4:45 p.m.  Evaluations / Adjourn

More Information:

Please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.