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2018 Iowa AWHONN Conference

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Promoting the Health of Women and Newborns

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Education and Research Center
UnityPoint Health – Blank Children's Hospital
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309


To enable the learner to use evidence based practice to improve outcomes for women and children in the clinic, home care and hospital settings.


Obstetrical and neonatal nurses


$55 – AWHONN and NANN Members
$70 – Non-AWHONN and Non-NANN Members
$35 – Nursing Students and Retired Nurses
$80 – After September 25 and on-site


Deadline to register is September 30, 2018. *Refunds will not be available after October 1, 2018


  1. Identify rationale for maternal early warning criteria.
  2. Recognize the parameters for the Modified Maternal Early Warning Trigger tool.
  3. Identify essential interventions to mitigate sepsis related morbidity and mortality.
  4. Review common responses to transformational change. 
  5. Describe leadership tools that reduce resistance to change.
  6. Apply strategies for improving clinician engagement and commitment to the AIM Bundle: Safely Reducing the C-section.
  7. Identify trends in sleep related fatalities.
  8. Discuss case studies that illustrate dilemmas in promoting safe sleep.
  9. Explain ways that nurses can help reduce infant mortality related to SIDS/SUIDS.
  10. Differentiate between “Baby Blues” and a Perinatal Mood Disorder.
  11. Review the common Perinatal Mood Disorder diagnoses.
  12. Discuss the effects of Perinatal Mood Disorder.
  13. Identify key assessment components of Perinatal Mood Disorder.
  14. List the treatment options for Perinatal Mood Disorder.
  15. Review how to incorporate Perinatal Mood Disorder into discharge planning for the patient.
  16. Identify the role resilience plays in making changes to clinical practice.
  17. Discuss how to embrace rejection and thrive on failure.


 7:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast (Vendors may be available)
 8 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
 8:15 a.m.

Maternal Early Warning Signs
Sue Garpiel, RN, MSN, C-EFM
 9:15 a.m. Vendor Exhibits
 9:45 a.m.

Preventing PCS Implementation
Sue Garpiel, RN, MSN, C-EFM
 10:45 a.m.  Break
 11 a.m.

Obstetrical Issues In Iowa: Concerning Trends 
Stephen K. Hunter, MD, PhD
 12 p.m. Lunch/Vendors
 1 p.m.

Safe Sleep
Emily Drake, RN, PhD, FAAN
 2 p.m. Break
 2:15 p.m.

Beyond the Baby Blues: An Overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Jenna Zalk Berendzen, ARNP
 3:15 p.m.

Be Brave
Emily Drake, RN, PhD, FAAN
 4:15 p.m.  Evaluations and Door Prizes
 4:30 p.m. Adjourn

Door prizes given throughout the day including registration to 2019 National AWHONN Conference.

Diaper Drive!
Last year we were able to donate 2,710 diapers to the Des Moines Area Religious Council to help our newborns in Iowa. Let’s try to beat that number. Bring a pack of diapers or donation!

Conference T-Shirt

Attendees will have the option to purchase an Iowa AWHONN shirt for $15. Shirts will be available for pickup at the conference. Deadline to order a shirt is September 14th. A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the conference.

Iowa AWHONN Shirt 

Hotel Accommodations:

Rooms have been reserved at two different hotels for the night of Monday, October 15, 2018. Last day to book at reduced group rate is September 24, 2018.

  • Des Moines Marriott Downtown - $129/night
    700 Grand Avenue
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 245-5500 or Book Online
    Group Code: Iowa AWHONN

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Des Moines Downtown - $139/night
    120 SW Water St.
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 244-1650 or Book Online
    Group Code: AWHONN 2018 UnityPoint

More Information:

Please join the AWHONN leadership team for a Networking and Social hour of hors d'oeuvres Monday, October 15 at 7 p.m. at Court Avenue Brewery, 309 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309


The Education & Research Center (ERC) is located on the ground level of the Iowa Methodist Parking Garage. The Iowa Methodist Parking Garage is located on the west side of the Iowa Methodist campus, on the corner of Pleasant St. and 14th Place. We recommend parking in the Iowa Methodist Parking Garage and taking the South parking garage elevators to the Ground Level. After exiting the elevator, you will be in the ERC. You may also enter the ERC from the Woodland Avenue entrance.


Contact Sarah Copple at (515) 241-6885 or sarah.copple@unitypoint.org