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Our 2020 Annual Fall Conference Registration is OPEN!

This two-day event will combine hands-on perinatal healthcare sessions with quality improvement and evidence-based care practices. Our current MNPQC initiatives (preterm birth prevention, hypertension in pregnancy, and opioid use disorders) will be covered - nurses, doctors, educators, nurse midwives... you'll want your whole team to hear this info.

Full agenda and details to be posted soon - please check back. 

Description Cost
Early Bird Monday OR Tuesday Registration* $165
One Day Registration - Monday $190
One Day Registration - Tuesday $165
Early Bird Two Day Registration* $225
Two Day Registration $250
Full Time Student / Retiree $150
Planning Committee Member $195
Handouts $20

*Early Bird Registration must be completed by 8.15.2020.

Conference Session Previews:
Weed to Know: Cannabis and Nicotine in Pregnancy and Breast Milk: Evidence Based Recommendations
Weed to Know: Cannabis and Nicotine in Pregnancy and Breast Milk: Evidence Based Recommendations

presented by Maureen Shogan, MN, RNC; Clinical Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse Project

Current 2020 evidence based referenced (refereed) data will be shared. Answers to “What do I tell moms?” are formulated. Participants will experience many “Ah ha – I never-thought-about-that” moments.  As previous learners have stated, “I learned more in 60 minutes, about today’s perinatal THC and E-Cig  use, than I ever thought possible.  My brain is full.”

Diffusing Difficult Situations Starts from Within
Diffusing Difficult Situations Starts from Within

presented by Roberta K. Fernandez; NGH Board Certified Hypnotist, Certified Instructor, The FARE Hypnosis Center

Difficult situations can lead to anxiety driven reactions, both of which are detrimental to patients and caregivers. So how do you get past the emotions and personal belief systems that fuel conflict and raise stress levels? The solution starts within you. While you can’t always control outside forces, you can control how you react, thereby influencing the outcome of any challenge you face.

Culturally Appropriate Maternity Care: Improved Outcomes for Everyone
Culturally Appropriate Maternity Care: Improved Outcomes for Everyone

presented by Adam K Snyder, JD; Managing Director, The Women's Health Alliance

Respectful maternity care is a human right. Women who do not receive respectful and culturally sensitive care are less likely to seek facility-based maternity care in the future, which can have long-term consequences for both mother and baby. This discussion will address the challenges, dilemmas, and opportunities to improve outcomes through culturally appropriate care.

Using Telemedicine to Support Neonatal Resuscitation
Using Telemedicine to Support Neonatal Resuscitation

presented by Ellen M. Bendel-Stenzel, MD; Consultant, Division of Neonatal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science 

System-level challenges contribute to an outcome disparity for at-risk newborns delivered at low volume delivery centers.  We present the novel use of teleneonatology support to improve the care provided to these infants.  Through the use of telemedicine, our data shows that we can improve access to resuscitation expertise, enhance patient safety and improve the quality of high risk newborn resuscitation.

What Should I Do Now: Neonatal Lab Interpretation
What Should I Do Now: Neonatal Lab Interpretation

presented by Heidi J Kamrath, DO; Neonataologist, Children's Minnesota

Labs in the newborn can be difficult to interpret given the range of normal values. In this talk we will discuss common neonatal conditions and associated laboratory findings, inlcuding but not limited to jaundice, hypoglycemia, and sepsis. This talk with be lecture-based with time for discussion on each of the conditions. 

Status of Stillbirth in Minnesota:  Update on Data and Resources for Families
Status of Stillbirth in Minnesota: Update on Data and Resources for Families

presented by Linsey J Wimmer, RN, MSN, CPNP, CPLC, PHN; Executive Director, Star Legacy Foundation

Many health professionals are surprised by the statistics surrounding stillbirth in their local communities!  This session will look at what we know about stillbirth in Minnesota and how our state compares to others.  It will also review the latest research about preventable stillbirth and provide updated information about resources available to families impacted by these losses.

Reserve your room

MPO has reserved a block of rooms at Minneapolis Marriott Northwest at the special rate of $140/night (includes complimentary Wi-Fi). This block is available until Tuesday, October 20th. To reserve your room, use our personalized reservation link or contact the hotel directly: 763.536.8300. Be sure to identify yourself as a Minnesota Perinatal Organization participant when calling. Check in 4pm - Check out 11am. 

Additional Details

Purpose & Objectives 
This program is designed to provide state-of-the-art information on obstetric and newborn care practices, and is of particular importance and value to obstetric and newborn care nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, family physicians, physician assistants, obstetricians, pediatricians, and allied perinatal health care professionals. After attending the conference, participants should be able to: 1) Describe the process to implement individual and population-based systems of care that are irrespective of the consumer’s race, age, culture and outcomes-based research. 2) Discuss the design plans of inpatient and outpatient care for implementation by designated healthcare professionals, which address the unique nutritional, developmental, psychosocial, nursing and medical needs of mothers and infants. 3) Develop personal goals that will promote a positive outlook on their role as an essential member of the perinatal healthcare team.  Successful completion of this activity requires that participants turn in all evaluation materials for attended sessions. 

General Information
Registration fee includes admission to all sessions, conference syllabus, meals and refreshments, and access to exhibits, as well as materials for continuing education certification. A Concurrent Session Schedule, based on your registration form selections, will be in the packet you receive during on-site conference registration. Register early to ensure placement in the sessions of your first choice. Registrations are confirmed via email.

All registrations must be completed on or before November 9, 2020. A refund, minus a $30 processing fee, will be given if notice of cancellation is received on or before November 1, 2020; cancellations after this date and no-shows will not be refunded. Substitutions are welcome; please notify the conference coordinator at the earliest opportunity: Registrations after November 9, 2020 will be accepted as space allows and assessed a $20 late fee. 

As meeting room temperatures vary throughout the day, we recommend you dress in layers for your comfort.  Only registered conference attendees are eligible to attend conference sessions, meals and activities. In consideration of conference participants, we ask that children not attend any conference sessions or activities. While we sympathize with last minute schedule changes, conference attendees bringing children will be asked to leave and will be refunded their conference registration fee minus a $30 processing fee. 

Special Needs
MPO wants to make sure no one is excluded because of the need for special dietary considerations, auxiliary aids or services. Please indicate special need(s) on your registration form.

Contact Hour / Continuing Education Information
Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Nurses - This educational offering is designed to meet MN Board of Nursing requirements for up to [TBD] contact hours. Physicians - This educational offering is designed to meet educational requirements for up to [TBD] CEUs.

Evaluations and continuing education certificates will be completed online via the MPO website. Attendance certificates will not be distributed at the conference. 

Planning Considerations & Disclosure Policy 
Content considerations and the selection of speakers are the responsibility of the Planning Committee. Speakers will disclose to attendees the nature of any significant financial relationships they have with the commercial firms providing financial support as well as the manufacturers of products and/or the providers of services discussed in their presentations. They will also disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices mentioned in their presentations are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

Questions or Concerns?
Contact Bonnie

Join the Planning Committee

Would you like to help plan future MPO Fall Conferences? Do you have ideas, contacts, speaker suggestions, etc. that you would like to share? All are welcome. Please contact Bonnie Hansen at 320-290-4909 or if you are interested in attending the planning session or have ideas for us to work from.

Past Conference Offerings

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