Abstract Submission Guidelines

The National Perinatal Association invites you to submit speaker proposals and poster presentations for consideration as part of our annual conference. 

Perinatal Care and the 4th Trimester: 

Redefining Prenatal, Postpartum, and Neonatal Care for a New Generation

March 25 - 27, 2020 in Aurora, Colorado

Early Bird Registration until Dec. 30     Members $375    Non-Member  $475   Parents + Students + Retirees $150

Our Focus: A NEW Framework for Multidisciplinary Care in the 4th Trimester 

For too long perinatal care focused on nine months of pregnancy and the delivery of a healthy infant at 40 weeks.

Then we underwent a paradigm shift. We realized that the care that we offer in first 100 days after a baby is born are just as important as the care we provide during pregnancy. The 4th Trimester was born! But care practices have lagged behind.

If we're going to adequately meet the needs of parents,  infants, and families we need a new multidisciplinary framework for delivering comprehensive, collaborative care during the 4th Trimester.

This means not just addressing the medical needs of postpartum parents and newborns, but creating a safe and responsive environment that is prepared to address the physical, social, emotional, and economic challenges that many families face after the arrival of a child.

We are looking for presentations and posters that relate to studying this topic or addressing such issues through institutional programs or public policy.

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

There are three categories for submissions

  • Innovative Models of Care
  • Applied or Basic Research
  • Public policies or local initiatives developed to address healthcare disparities

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

Have a question? Email klove@nationalperinatal.org

All abstracts must be submitted to submissions@nationalperinatal.org by Friday, November 1, 2019.

  • All abstracts must be titled and should be structured according to the following formats:


    ·       Background

    ·       Content/Action

    ·       Lessons Learned

    ·       Implications for Practice


    ·       Introduction

    ·       Methods

    ·       Results

    ·       Discussion


    ·       Introduction

    ·       Context

    ·       Practice Application

      • Abstracts must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments in MS Word format. 

      Send your submission in 2 pages or less, double-spaced, in MS Word format with 1” margins to submissions@nationalperinatal.org  by Friday, November 1, 2019.

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

          • Abstracts will be reviewed as they are submitted, with the intent to have notifications back in a timely manner.  All decisions will be e-mailed to all principal authors by December 6, 2019.

            • Previously presented work is welcome.  If previously presented, please include this information within your abstract.

              • 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.

                CONTACT US: 

                Kristy Love, Director of Operations   klove@nationalperinatal.org

                P.O. Box 392 Lonedell, MO 63060

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