2019 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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2019 Cooperative Caregiving: Maternal and Newborn Essentials Conference

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 7:30 a.m. to 4:45 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

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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. 


$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.


Deadline to register is Wednesday, September 18, 2019 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.  

*New this year: We are doing our part and reducing our paper use. We will not be printing a paper syllabus this year.

The PDF's that would normally go into the syllabus will be emailed to you the week prior to the conference. You are welcome to print them out & bring them to the conference if you'd like. We will not have any extras printed. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns with this new initiative.  

Nursing Contact Hours

IBON Provider #31, UnityPoint Health®– Des Moines, awards 6.5 contacthours for full attendance. No partial credit will be given.


 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

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