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Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO) was founded in 1974 as a multidisciplinary association of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving perinatal health. We provide up-to-date information on perinatal care practices, services and technical advancements and a great opportunity to network with professionals from the region.

Our Mission is to optimize perinatal health in Minnesota through education.

MPO Spotlights: 

May is Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Free Webinar Opportunity: Successful Implementation of the Hypertension Bundle in Different Institutions

Thursday, May 23, 2019
2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

• Review important steps in monitoring and managing hypertension during different stages of pregnancy
• Identify effective strategies for implementing the Hypertension Bundle on an institutional level while still optimizing patient-centered care
• Present successful outcomes and how to approach implementation barriers
• STAMPP-HTN (Systematic Treatment and Management of Postpartum Hypertension)
      - Understand barriers for treatment of postpartum hypertension
      - Standardize management of postpartum hypertension and readmission

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Preeclampsia affects as many as 8% of all pregnancies and takes the lives of 76,000 women and 500,000 infants every year. See how much you know about this dangerous complication of pregnancy and leading cause of maternal mortality and prematurity.

Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy
Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy affect 3-6% of all pregnancies. There are racial disparities with respect to hypertensive disorders with Black women disproportionately affected. In addition other risk factors include hypertension prior to pregnancy, advanced maternal age, Type 1 or 2 diabetes, obesity, multiple gestations, and prior preeclampsia. Learn More...

Contributor: Phillip Rauk, MD; MPO Past President, University of Minnesota

A Note from our 2017 National Conference Sponsorship Winner
A Note from our 2017 National Conference Sponsorship Winner

In September 2018, I had the privilege of attending the Symposia Medicus Neonatal Conference in Newport Beach, CA with the help of the scholarship I won at the annual MPO conference in 2017.

There were many topics of interest covered.  The most interesting included the following:

  • Delayed Cord Clamping
  • Cord Blood Admissions Labs
  • Lipid Delivery & Requirements in the Preterm Infant
  • CMV Transmission by Blood and Breast Milk in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

The delayed cord clamping and using cord blood for admission labs presentations were most interesting to me as a nurse in the expanded role of Circulating RN in our NICU.  I attend deliveries and have firsthand experience in these situations. They discussed in both lectures the decreased amount of blood needed from these tiny babies for labs if we are able to collect labs from the cord blood at delivery and reduced transfusions in infants with delayed cord clamping.  Our institution currently practices delayed cord clamping, but does not routinely draw all admission labs from the umbilical cord.  It is something that has been discussed in the past and hopefully will be re-visited in the near future.

One presentation also discussed a less invasive route of surfactant administration that was new to me!  Some hospital are passing a feeding tube into the trachea without intubation, administering the surfactant, and hand bagging the surfactant into the lungs to be absorbed. 

I was able to attend this conference and bring back ideas to our NICU, sharing what I learned and hoping some of these ideas can someday be implemented as well.  I encourage more nurses to attend out of state conferences to learn what other hospitals are doing in the advancements of neonatal care.  It was a wonderful experience and I hope to attend another national conference in the future.

-Shannon D.

We're looking forward to seeing you at our

45th Annual Fall Conference!

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2016 Minnesota Perinatal Organization

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