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2019 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference - VENDOR Registration

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Virginia Thompson Auditorium
Education and Research Center
Iowa Methodist Medical Center/Blank Children's Hospital Campus
1415 Woodland Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Conference Brochure

You are invited to be an exhibitor at the 36th Annual Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal & Newborn Essentials Conference. Attendees are nurses and other interested healthcare professionals in obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics and family practice. If you would like to reserve a table for the conference, please register online by Wednesday September 18, 2019 before 8:00 a.m. Due to limited space, registration is at a first come first serve basis.


$400 – For-profit Exhibitors
$100 – Small Local Businesses and Non-profit Exhibitors

Payment prior to the conference is preferred. Cost includes one 8 ft. table, skirted on 3 sides, 1 chair, and your company name in participant materials. Meals and snacks are provided for one person. If you would like to have meals/snacks for more than one representative, there will be a $25 additional charge. This option is only available to add at the time of registration and cannot be added later.


You may pay online with a credit card. If you need to pay by check, select the "Pay by Mail" payment option and send prior to the conference. Make checks payable to "Blank Children's Hospital" and mail check to: 
Blank Children’s Hospital
Center for Advocacy and Outreach, Attn: Jessica Dinh
1200 Pleasant St., Des Moines, IA 50309
Please put “2019 Cooperative Caregiving Conference Vendor” in the subject line.  

If your payment is sent through an automated system, please send the details above to your payment processing center. We have been having trouble receiving checks as they are being sent to Blank Children’s Hospital but not getting to our department. This leaves us having to track them down.

Exhibit Information:

The area will be open for set up at 7 a.m. the day of event. More will be communicated about this at a later date.

Access to the Thompson Auditorium / Education and Research Center is possible via a loading zone at the south doors of the Education and Research Center building on 1415 Woodland Ave. You can also access the building from the hospital parking garage (entrance from North). Take the SE elevators to Level 1. Doors will open directly to the lobby and exhibitor tables.


 7:30 a.m. 
8:15 a.m.       
 Welcome & Announcements
 Stephen Stephenson, MD, President, COO, Blank Children's Hospital and Women's Services
 8:30 a.m.                           

 The Neurobiology of Attachment in Pregnancies Complicated by Maternal Substance Abuse
 Gender-specific treatment for pregnant and parenting women with a history of substance abuse requires interventions that can promote successful attachment between the mother and her infant.
 Ira J Chasnoff, MD, President, NTI Upstream
 9:30 a.m.

 Creating a Culture of Care for LGBTQ Patients
Identify and develop best practices of care for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) patients.
Rev. Jennifer Hall, MDiv, ACPE Associate Educator, Manager of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program, Spiritual Care Services, UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
 10:30 a.m.           Break / Exhibits 
 10:45 a.m.

 Digital Disasters-Social Media and Healthcare
Examine the consequences of a one click decision.
Jack Hilmes, JD, Member, Finley Law Firm, P.C.; Joseph Moser, JD, Member, Finley Law Firm, P.C.;
Elaine Kerr, RN, Nurse-Litigation Support, Finley Law Firm, P.C.
 Noon  Lunch
1:00  p.m.

Breakout Session #1

Drug Use in Pregnancy: Mother and Child
This workshop will examine the physiology of drug abuse during pregnancy and its impact on maternal and infant outcome.
Ira J Chasnoff, MD, President, NTI Upstream

Breakout Session #2
Are You Prepared: OB Emergencies
Describe an evidence-based plan for obstetrical emergencies.

Stewart Boulis, MD, FACOG, RDMS, RVT, Adjunctive Assistant Professor
at Des Moines University, Perinatologist, Blank Children’s Hospital
 2:00 p.m.

 Room Change
 2:10 p.m.

Breakout Session #3
Oxytocin Dose for Cesarean Delivery: How Much Is Enough?
Discover the hemodynamic and other adverse effects of oxytocin.
Cynthia A. Wong, MD, Professor, Chair and DEO, University of Iowa Department of Anesthesia

Breakout Session #4
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: Moving to a Functional Based Approach
Discuss the use of the Eat, Sleep Console (ESC) Care Tool as a new approach to care of the newborn with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
Amy Ferguson, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Hospitalist, Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Residency, Medical Director of the Newborn Nursery, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines;
Rebecca Willson, RN, MSN, NNP-BC, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Blank Children’s Hospital
 3:15 p.m.  Break / Exhibits
 3:30 p.m.

 The Trauma Sensitive Practitioner: Building Skills to Care for Patients and Self
Explore techniques to access and effectively respond to mothers with past traumas to improve patient outcomes.
Jenna Berendzen, DNP, ARNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C, Consultant, Cedarwood Clinical Health Consulting; Darcie Davis-Gage, Ph.D, LMHC, CCFP, Consultant, Cedarwood Clinical Health Consulting
 4:30 p.m.  Evaluations / Adjourn

More Information:

Contact Jessica Dinh at jessica.dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537