Abstract Submission Guidelines

The National Perinatal Association invites you to submit an abstract for consideration as a poster presentation at our annual conference.


Improving Access to Perinatal Care: 

Confronting Disparities and Inequities in Maternal-Infant Health

Any abstract with a progressive approach to addressing inequities and improving access  is acceptable; however, we encourage those that address the multidisciplinary approach to supporting and caring for families.

Abstracts may describe contributions to theory, policy development, program development and evaluation, delivery of services, or research. 

We are particularly interested in abstracts focusing on community-specific, family-centered, and culturally-informed approaches. 

Priority will be given to abstracts that incorporate the role of families and self advocates in policy and service delivery. We highly encourage that every abstract include parents as partners and co-presenters.

We encourage the submission of abstracts previously presented at State Perinatal Associations meetings. Abstracts previously presented at other scientific conferences are also invited. 

NOTE: Speakers and poster presenters register at our reduced rates.

  • $375  Poster Presenter
  • $150  Student Presenter

All abstracts must be submitted to submissions@nationalperinatal.org by December 31, 2018

    • Download the submission guidelines.

    • There are three categories for submissions: 
    1. Innovative Models of Care
    2. Applied or Basic Research
    3. Policies affecting care for families affected by Perinatal Substance Use.

    Accepted abstracts will be posted on the NPA website.

    • Abstracts should be structured according to the following formats:


    ·       Background

    ·       Content/Action

    ·       Lessons Learned

    ·       Implications for Practice


    ·       Introduction

    ·       Methods

    ·       Results

    ·       Discussion


    ·       Introduction

    ·       Context

    ·       Practice Application

    • Spell out all abbreviated terms at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, which can be used subsequently. 

    • Produce unusual symbols in black ink. Use the “Times” font, size 10 or equivalent. 

    • Abstracts must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments. Faxed abstracts will not be accepted. Abstract submissions cannot be returned to sender. 
    Send your submission in 2 pages or less in MS Word format with 1” margins to submissions@nationalperinatal.org  by December 31, 2018.

      • Carefully proofread your abstract. Your copy will be reproduced exactly as submitted for reviewers. 

      • Submissions will be blind-reviewed in the category indicated. Notification of the decision regarding acceptance will be e-mailed to all principal authors by January 31, 2019.

      • Although presentation of materials in a previous national abstract or poster session does not preclude submission to NPA, please note on the abstract form whether or not this abstract has been previously presented, where and when.   

      • You do not need to be a member of NPA to submit an abstract. But we invite you to join
            • Professional $75 
            • Student/Trainee $45

        If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the NPA at info@nationalperinatal.org.

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