Clinical Sessions

Head Compression: Plaintiff’s New Theory to Explain Cerebral Palsy
Julia McNelis, RN, JD returns to present this risk management session sponsored by Contemporary Insurance Services. She will discuss issues related to monitoring contractions during labor and tachysystole and explores the "head compression" theory of injury promoted by plaintiffs experts.

Best Practices: Expecting the Unexpected
This breakout includes two presentations on emergency preparedness.  The first is taught by Dina Tulenko and her neonatal team at Abrazzo Health System in Phoenix.  The session will offer participants the opportunity for a more hands-on experience with neonatal emergencies.Join members of the clinical staff members of Lifecycle WomanCare (Bryn Mawr, PA) in exploring emergency preparedness.  Who needs to participate?  How often should these drills take place?  Are there high tech and low tech methods to improve emergency drill effectiveness? What are the methods of debriefing emergency drills to improve employee performance?and efforts to address accreditation of birth centers in the U.S.

Perinatal Mood Disorders: What is new in 2015?
This session will examine the increasing number of women that find themselves on the spectrum of anxiety and depression and other types of mental illness.  Chris Raines, RN, MSN of UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program, will discuss both why this issue seems to be more prevalent and what providers can do to help women.  A pharmacological discussion will also help participants understand the myriad of drugs and their safety during pregnancy.

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Waterbirth Research and Guidelines
This panel on waterbirth will feature data on water births from the AABC Perinatal Data Registry (PDR); a study of waterbirth outcomes with midwife-led births occurring at home and in birth centers in the United States using data from MANA Stats; recent past, current and future work of the American College of Nurse-Midwives on hydrotherapy, including multi-organizational collaborative efforts currently underway; and the state of the science and best practices in waterbirth based on several 2014 publications.  Panelists include: Melissa Cheyney, PhD, CPM, LDM; Tina Johnson, MS, CNM; and Heather Thompson, PhD.

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Assessment of the Pelvic Floor
Laura Gephart, MD, MBA will review the impact of childbirth on the pelvic floor, assessment of pelvic floor injury and dysfunction, and subsequent treatment options.

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Herbs in Pregnancy and Birth
Diane Bajus, MS, CNP, CNM will present helpful information about herbal medicine in pregnancy, birth, and postpartum so that the audience may better serve women who come for midwifery care.


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