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Webinar Wednesdays

AABC offers members webinars live and  on-demand on timely topics, the business of birth centers and clinical issues.

Upcoming Webinars

Join us for our March webinar.

Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in Birth Centers - Review of the Literature

Do you want to know what the current literature says about clinical outcomes in birth centers? Join us for a clinically-relevant summary of the current literature on birth center care. Presented by Julia Phillippi, CNM, PhD, FACNM; Jill Alliman, CNM, DNP and Kathleen Danhausen, CNM, MPH, MSN.


Julia Phillippi, CNM, EdD, FACNM

Julia Phillippi, CNM, EdD, FACNM

Julia is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she conducts midwifery research, teaches doctoral students and provides intrapartum care. She has worked in several birth centers over her career and gave birth to her three children in a birth center, including one who was 8lb-10oz and OP.


Jill Alliman, CNM, DNP

Jill Alliman, CNM, DNP

Jill is the Project Director of the AABC Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns Program and also serves as Course Faculty for Frontier Nursing University. She began her career as a Staff Nurse-Midwife at the Women's Wellness and Maternity Center in Madisonville, TN and advanced to lead as the Center Director for 10 years. She currently serves as the Chair of the AABC Government Affairs Committee.


Kathleen Danhausen, CNM, MPH, MSN

Kathleen Danhausen, CNM, MPH, MSN

Kathleen is an Instructor of Clinical Nursing at Vanderbilt University where she provides full-scope care in hospital and birth center settings.



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Webinars On-Demand

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  • AEDs, Pregnancy and Birth Centers

    Presented live on 3.22.17 - Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is responsible for almost 350,000 deaths annually in the United States. SCA does not discriminate by age and affects children, teenagers, and adults alike. The majority of these incidents do not occur in hospital. As the rate of pregnancy-related deaths continues to rise, so does the number of pregnant women affected by SCA. The number one cause of pregnancy-related deaths from 2011-2013 was cardiovascular disease. While most who experience SCA die within minutes, rapid treatment with an AED can be lifesaving. For every minute that a normal heartbeat is not restored, chances of survival decrease by 7-10%. According to the American Heart Association, AED use in pregnancy is safe for both mother and baby. Join us to learn about recent recommendations for handling SCA in pregnancy and how you can protect your clients, employees, and visitors through the development of an AED program.

  • 10 Tips to Grow Your Birth Center on Social Media

    Presented live on 2.22.17 - More and more social media is a top medium for reaching customers. An integrated social media presence can grow your business and your community. In this webinar, social media expert Jen Gardella shares 10 tips to grow your birth center on social media and avoid pitfalls.

  • You've Opened Your Birth Center, Now What?

    Presented live on 1.25.17 - Join panelists Brianna Honea, MBA, Susan Melnikow, CNM, MS and Linda Weaver, CPM for a moderate discussion on issues that new and small birth centers encounter. Topics include understanding cash flow, staffing, relationships, and marketing and brand recognition.

  • PDR Advanced: Getting the most from your data

    Presented live on 11.02.16 - View the second webinar in our Fall Data Series. Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM, FACNM and Jennifer Wright, MA present this webinar for those who have been entering data into the PDR but haven’t been accessing and using your data or those who are thinking about using the PDR and want to know more about what it can do. You will learn how to perform data quality audits, how to export your data and use it to calculate your statistics, and how to query your data for specific questions.

  • PDR Basics: Getting started with the AABC Perinatal Data Registry™

    Presented live on 10.26.16 - View the first weebinar in our Fall Data Series. Do you have new staff who need to learn more about using the PDR? Staff who need a refresher? Just getting started with using the PDR in your birth center? Join Susan Stapleton and Jennifer Wright for a hands-on training webinar. Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM, FACNM and Jennifer Wright, MA will discuss setting up your system to assure accurate and complete data entry, navigating the PDR, saving and accessing partially completed records, and data quality assurance. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions that have come up in your birth center about the PDR.

  • Creative Models for Collaborating with Complementary Services in Large and Small Communities

    Presented live on 07.27.16 - View the third webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Whether you are in a small rural community or a large urban center, your birth center can benefit from collaboration with complementary services. Join Kathleen Wirtz, CNM, WHNP-BC, founder of Birth and Family Midwifery, LLC in Kelso, Washington and Coral Slavin, Owner and Director of Well-Rounded Maternity Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to learn how they have successfully built collaborative relationships with alternative health care providers, massage therapists, breastfeeding consultants, fitness specialists and more.
  • U.S. MERA – How Will It Affect Collaboration in Birth Centers?

    Presented live on 07.20.16 - Join us for the second webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Mary Lawlor, CPM, LM, executive director of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives and Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, APRN, FACNM, past president of the American College of Nurse-Midwives will present on the development of U.S. MERA and discuss areas of impact including licensing for Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs), federal Medicaid reimbursement and increased opportunity for collaboration among midwives in birth centers.
  • Initiating Collaboration with Hospitals and Physicians

    Presented live on 07.13.16 - Trying to figure out how to improve your collaborative relationship with your transfer hospital/physician? Whether you have hospital privileges or not making sure your relationships are solid and strong is key. Join Maureen Darcey, founder and Clinical Director or Women’s Birth and Wellness Center as she talks about how they created relationships with their transfer hospital. Learn the right and wrong ways to approach a hospital, how to educate the hospital physicians and nursing staff and bumps in their roads that you can learn from. This webinar is for every birth center, new or experienced, with every type of provider in every part of the country. We can always improve our relationships. 
  • Cell-Free DNA Screening: Much more than a "baby gender" test

    Presented live on 05.18.16 - Are you struggling to understand which genetic tests to order?  Are you looking for tools to help you respond to patients who are requesting expensive prenatal testing?  Learn more about genetic screening with Heather Dorsey, MS, a genetic counselor with Legacy Medical Group-Maternal-Fetal Medicine. This presentation will: discuss what genetic counseling is and who should be referred to see a genetic counselor; review rates of birth defects in the general population and an approach to screening pregnancies for conditions including, but not limited to, Down Syndrome; explore cell-free DNA screening, its benefits and limitations, and practical approaches to its incorporation into prenatal care; and consider questions for providers to consider when thinking of offering cell free DNA screening to their patients. 
  • NRP 7th Edition Guidelines: What Birth Centers Need to Know

    Presented live on 04.27.16 - Learn more about the new Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) guidelines with Ashton Osborne BSN, RN and Olga Ryan MS-NL, RN. This presentation outlines the most recent changes to the NRP guidelines and how they affect birth centers.  CABC indicator revisions based on these changes are also reviewed.

  • Be S.M.A.R.T. about Tongue-Ties

    Presented live on 03.23.16 - Join Ashton Osborne, RN, BSN and Rebecca Costello, IBCLC, MPH to learn more about newborn tongue-tie. At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to highlight the differences between normal breastfeeding problems resolved with basic teaching and those that require a referral utilizing a simple assessment tool. The S.M.A.R.T. assessment tool encourages the user to develop a more holistic approach to breastfeeding issues (especially tongue-ties).

  • Making Sense of Research

    Presented live on 02.25.16 - Wondering how to respond to that newest research study about out-of-hospital birth outcomes?  How do you interpret study findings?  What is the best way to answer questions from parents and the media when a study reports less than ideal outcomes? View this webinar presented by Barbara Norton, MS, CNM and Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM where they discuss recent studies, and learn more about how to respond in a way that is informed and productive.

  • Root Cause Analysis

    Presented live on 11.11.15 - Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM and Denise Roy, MSN, CNM are experienced midwives and long-time AABC members.  They have been in birth centers for many years and understand that when issues arise it can be very easy to blame someone or sweep it under the rug instead of taking the time to discover the true cause of the issue.  Explore how you can find the “root cause” of some of your birth center issues and learn about what you can do to really fix these problems so they do not happen again. 

  • Adaptive Change

    Presented live on 10.28.15 -Mary Littlefield Devine, LM takes you through an informative hour about adaptive change and why the philosophy behind this should be considered at your birth center.  Adaptive change is the concept that organizations are facing challenges that require them to develop new strategies and learn new ways of operating.  To make these changes it is important to include everyone in process for real and lasting change to take place.  
  • Changes to the National Birth Center Standards

    Presented live on 9.9.15 - The AABC Standards Committee presents the first draft of revisions to the AABC Standards for Birth Centers.  

  • Executive Board Member Outreach

    Presented live on 9.16.15  - The AABC Executive Committee talks with members about two issues that have arisen: Membership and Accreditation - what is the connection?  AABC - A midwifery bridge or just for CNMs?


    Presented live on 6.18.14 - In this webinar Marnie Cabezas-Skorupa, CPM of Innovation Billing Service, Inc. (formerly Midwife's Billing Service Inc) addresses common questions on the details of billing which can increase the likelihood of your claims being paid and the rates at which you are reimbursed.

  • Advanced Billing - Maximizing reimbursement for facility services

    Presented live on 6.25.14 - In this webinar Christine Romney and Nicole Wocelka, CPM of Larsen Billing Service, LLC discuss the differences between billing an insurance plan that a facility is contracted with as opposed to billing when no contract exists. They cover demographic issues with regards to NPIs, tax IDs and W9 forms. They also discuss good business practices, UB-04 forms and appropriate revenue codes.
  • Birth Center Staffing - Adopting a CNM/CPM Model of Care

    Presented live on 7.2.14 - Join Darcy Lucey, CNM, ANP and Jessica Sawyer, CDM, CPM of Alaska's Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health and Amy Johnson Grass, ND, LN, LM, CPM founder of Minnesota's Health Foundation Family Health & Birth Center in an overview of the changing landscape of professional midwifery in the U.S. They discuss the different skill sets and values of both types of midwives, the payer/billing issues, regulatory constraints, public relations concerns, fair compensation and general benefits and challenges of including both types of professional midwives in a birth center practice.



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