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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 the second webinar in our fall data series presented by the AABC Perinatal Data Registry™ team.

PDR Advanced: Getting the Most from Your Data

This is a webinar for those who have been entering data into the PDR but haven’t been accessing and using your data. Also for 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.


Susan Stapleton

Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM

Susan Stapleton is founder and former director of Reading Birth & Women’s Center where she attended birth center, hospital and home births for 25-years.   She is currently chair of the American Association of Birth Centers’ Research Committee and Data Coordinator for the AABC Strong Start for Mothers & Newborns Initiative.  Susan was co-investigator for one, and primary investigator for a second, national prospective, multi-center studies of outcomes in freestanding birth centers in the United States. She has worked with the AABC Perinatal Data Registry since its inception in 2007.


Jennifer Wright

Jennifer Wright, MA

Jennifer Wright is currently the Research Associate for the AABC Strong Start for Mothers & Newborns Initiative and has worked with the AABC Perinatal Data Registry since 2010. She has more than ten years work experience in international, national, and community-based nonprofit and private sector environments. Jennifer earned her master’s degree in sustainable international development from The Heller School for Social Policy & Management, Brandeis University with a concentration in the rights-based approach to development and practicum focus in evaluation. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. 

The American Association of Birth Centers presents Webinar Wednesdays as a member benefit for AABC members. 

Webinars On-Demand

Members have access to past webinars for viewing on-demand.  

Log-in and go to Quick Links to access the Webinars On-Demand Archive.

  • Collaboration with Federal and State Governments - Does this really work?

    Presented live on 08.03.16 - View the fourth and final webinar in our Summer Collaboration Series. Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM will review the new CMS Guidance issued to States this year requiring Medicaid MCOs to include freestanding birth centers in their plans, and how you can use this guidance to your benefit. Cynthia Flynn, CNM, PhD, FACNM will also talk about how certain state regulations restrict the development of birth centers and examples of states that have recently successfully created or improved regulations. The importance of collaboration with elected officials at the state and federal level will include a description of how you can develop relationships with legislators that can be mutually beneficial.

  • 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?
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