Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Perinatal Decision Making in the 21st Century

As we enter the 21st century, the myriad of decisions surrounding the perinatal period have become increasingly complex for women and their healthcare providers.

With technology advancing at breathtaking speed and information available in ever-expanding formats, the need for multidisciplinary collaboration between women's health providers, pediatric specialists, policy makers, social workers, psychologists and patient advocates has never been greater.

The National Perinatal Association is at the forefront of such efforts, bringing together professionals from the entire healthcare spectrum in order to advance the health of women and newborns, inform public policy and promote family-centered care. Our mission is simple: We convene, we educate, we advocate, and we integrate.

We hope to see you in Houston! 

Sincerely, your co-chairs -

Susan Altman, DNP, CNM, NYU College of Nursing
Jerry Ballas, MD, MPH, Baylor College of Medicine

Wednesday Preconference Events

1:00 - 5:00 Workgroup to Create Interdisciplinary Policy for Perinatal Bereavement Services in the Emergency Department

- Anita Catlin, DNSc, FNP, FAAN SOLD OUT

This 4 hour session will consist of invited representatives from professional organizations to discuss how pregnancy loss will be treated in the Emergency Department. The anticipated end product will be a shared position statement supporting and delineating methods for appropriate bereavement support to be added to physiological treatment provided in the ED. 

Those registering for this pre-conference will have the opportunity to speak during the open testimony and observe the work group.


1:00 - 5:00 Free  Utilizing Trauma-Informed Care to Strengthen Your Organization - Kara Wahlin, LMFT
Hosted by NPA's Family Advocacy Network
To inquire about bringing this presentation to your organization email 
Visit NICU Healing, Kara Wahlin's online therapeutic resource designed for NICU families.
Did You Know... NPA is a leading advocate in parent support - and NPA members have access to free training and technical assistance through FAN? Read more about our Family Advocacy Network (FAN). Then visit NPA's new Support 4NICU Parents website and see NPA's Interdisciplinary Recommendations for the Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents.

Thursday, April 28

8:30  – 11:30 

Special Morning Session - State Forums Meeting: Sharing Innovations, Best Practices, in Your Organization - Marylouise Martin, RNC-NIC, CKC, MSN

   Conference Begins

1:00 – 1:10

President's Welcome: Setting the Stage - Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

1:10 - 2:00 

Ethics in Perinatal Care – Who, Where and How to Deliver a Baby - Laurence McCullough, Ph.D

2:00 – 2:50  Exploring the decision making process when a fetal abnormality is diagnosed - Fredda Zuckerman, LICSW

2:50 – 3:30

Poster Sessions

3:30 – 4:20

Concurrent Workshops

  • Transcultural Considerations in the Decision-Making Process - Christina Glick, MD, FAAP, IBCLC
  • Latest on VBAC Counseling and Offering TOLAC - Christina Davidson, MD
  • Perceived Decision-Making Ability and Anxiety in NICU Mothers: Empowering Mothers to Participate in Infant Care - Jenny H. Lotterman, M.S., M.Phil.

4:30 – 5:30

Welcome Reception

5:30 - 7:00 

NPA Special Event Can you hear me baby? Stories of sex, love and OMG birth! A musical play with social impact

The Power of the Play: Utilizing Musical Theater to Educate Parents and Professionals about Pregnancy, Birth and Choice.  

Experience the power of theatre as a resource for social impact and join playwright, Lisa Rafel and health and music innovator and composer, Gary Malkin in an exciting “Keynote Performance” of their new musical play, “Can You Hear Me Baby? Stories of Sex, Love and OMG Birth!” Adapted from true stories from moms, dads, doctors, midwives and othersthe play explores the personal, challenging, surprising and often hilarious situations that arise during pregnancy and birth, while raising questions and concerns about the “medicalization of birth” and the choices women are making regarding how, when and where they give birth. This presentation with Lisa and Gary, a 90-minute preview of the full play, includes live performances of music and excerpts from Can You Hear Me Baby? as well as music from their award winning book and music set, Safe in the Arms of Love: Deepening the Essential Bond with Your Baby. A time for audience discussion will be included in the presentation.  Don't miss this inspiring and entertaining presentation. Bring a friend and/or family member and enjoy the performance together!  

Preview of the Play

Friday, April 29

8:00 – 9:00 

Vision for the Future of NPA - Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

9:00 - 9:10  Communities of Interest - Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

9:10 - 10:00

Birthing the Future© as NPA: A Practical Vision - Suzanne Arms, BA

10:00 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:20

Barriers to Postpartum Contraception - Elaine Stickrath, MD
11:20 - 12:00 Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents - Sue Hall, MD, FAAP, MSW
12:10 - 1:00
1:00 - 1:50
Living on the Edge: Counseling at the Brink of Viability in the Antepartum Unit - Karin Fox, MD, MEd
2:00 - 2:50
Concurrent Workshops:
      • Skin to Skin for Mothers and Babies Immediately After Cesarean Births: Why Is It Important and How Can It Be Done Safely? - Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
      • Speaking so parents can hear and listening so parents can talk: “An interdisciplinary approach to difficult conversations” - Andie Werner Insoft, MSW, LICSW
      • Ethical Dilemmas: Fetuses We Cannot Parent. Including: Selective Reduction. Adoption. Safe Haven. - Anita Catlin, DNSc, FNP, FAAN
3:00 – 3:10Break
3:10 – 4:00
Prenatal and Intrapartum Care Models—Is It One or the Other? - TBD
4:00 – 4:50

Centering and New Frontiers in Prenatal Care for Women Living with HIV - Judy Levison, MD, MPH and

Catherine Eppes, MD, MPH

4:50 - 5:45
Setting Families Up for Success: Modeling Joint Decision Making - a parent panel moderated by Erika Goyer
5:45 - 6:00Closing


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