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A special thanks to our conference sponsors

  • Office on Women’s Health
  • Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing

Here’s how last year’s participants plan to change their practice

  • I will try to ask more follow-up questions instead of minimalizing the concerns of my patients.
  • The postpartum depression session gave important information to share with patients prior to discharge.
  • NRP update was excellent. Will use this to help others understand the updates.
  • I will do a better job of preparing first time moms about what to expect.


A conference syllabus will not be provided. A link to handouts will be e-mailed to each paid registrant five business days prior to the conference. MU Nursing Outreach asks all speakers to submit handouts. If there are no handouts posted, that means the speaker did not submit them by the due date. Any handouts received after the due date will be posted as they are received. Some speakers bring handouts on the day of the event. Handouts will remain up one month after the event.

Requirements for successful completion

  • Learners must attend and be paid in full.
  • Learners must participate in any individual or small group activities.
  • Learners must complete the online evaluation form.

Group discount

If you have three or more people registering from your organization please call our office, 573-882-0215, for group discount information.

CE certificates

A certificate of completion is provided to all conference participants who are paid in full and complete the conference evaluation form. If you are not paid in full, your CE credit will be awarded upon payment in full.

Lost certificates may be replaced with a written request to the Nursing Outreach office for a fee of $10 per certificate. We will need your name (exact same name that you used for registering) and the date and title of the conference you attended.

Registration cancellation and substitution

We understand that circumstances may arise that require you to cancel or send a substitute. If you cancel your attendance seven or more business days before the conference by October 17, 2017, your registration fee will be refunded, minus a $25 processing fee. You may send a substitute at any time. Please notify the Nursing Outreach office of any registration changes prior to the conference to facilitate the check-in process.


Upon submitting your registration, you are responsible for paying the full registration fee, whether or not you actually attend the conference, unless your registration is canceled at least seven business days prior to the conference by Oct. 17, 2017. All cancellation notices must be in writing; e-mail notification is acceptable.

Program changes and cancellations

Nursing Outreach reserves the right to make changes in content and speakers, or to cancel programs if enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. Every effort will be made to contact each enrollee if a program is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, registration fees are automatically refunded in full. You will be notified one week prior to the activity date, and a full refund will be sent to you. MU will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants including, but not limited to, airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits.

Commercial support

When commercial support is received for an educational activity, the conference planning committee maintains complete control over the selection of content and speakers. Acceptance of commercial support does not imply approval or endorsement of any product.


Taping by attendees is not allowed at any educational activities sponsored by Nursing Outreach.

Tax deduction

Your expenditure for this activity may qualify you for a Lifetime Learning federal tax credit. Tax deduction information regarding continuing education expenses is available from the IRS or tax advisors (Treasury Regulation 1.162.5).


  • Participants are asked to set their cellphones on vibrate or silent and to exit the meeting room for all calls.
  • Please bring a sweater or jacket due to variations in temperature and personal preferences.
  • MU complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you have special needs as addressed by the ADA and need special assistance with this or any portion of the learning process, please notify us as soon as possible. Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate your needs.
  • Please contact the Nursing Outreach Office at or 573-882-0215, if you need special dietary considerations.
  • See what Columbia has to offer.

Third Perinatal Conference: Improving Outcomes for Mother and Baby


  • Oct. 26, 2017


Peachtree Banquet Center, Columbia


Early registration by Oct. 12

  • $159

Regular registration after Oct. 12

  • $179


  • $199


  • $99


The purpose of this one-day conference is to update the knowledge and enhance the skills of maternal-infant healthcare providers related to the clinical management and care of high-risk pregnant women and their newborn babies. The day features the latest evidence-based practices and tools applicable to both inpatient and ambulatory perinatal practice settings. Plenary sessions on topics of general interest are supplemented by breakout sessions on more specialized topics.

Target audience

  • Obstetric
  • Nursery and neonatal ICU nurses
  • Advanced practice nurses
  • Lactation consultants
  • Students
  • Educators
  • Clinical managers
  • Other maternal-infant health professionals

Keynote speaker

RuhlThe Maternal Fetal Triage Index

  • Catherine Ruhl, CNM, MS, director, Women's Health Programs Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, Washington, DC
  • Ruhl currently coordinates professional nursing education programming at AWHONN and represents AWHONN to a variety of national organizations. She has over 30 years of experience in maternal health as clinician, manager and educator. Catherine has been a certified nurse-midwife for 29 years and currently practices at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


7:30 a.m.

  • Continental breakfast
  • Visit exhibits
    Come early to visit exhibits, this is the best time to do so as exhibit times are limited throughout the day.

8 a.m.
Welcome and introductions

  • Shirley J. Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean and teaching professor, Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing

8:15 a.m.
The Maternal Fetal Triage Index

  • Catherine Ruhl, MS, CMN, director, Women's Health Programs, Association of Women's Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, Washington, DC
  • The Maternal Fetal Triage Index (MFTI) is a five level index used to classify a pregnant woman's acuity when she presents for care at a birth unit. The RN's role in triage, the use of the MFTI, and lessons learned from nurse leaders who have implemented the MFTI on their units will be presented.

9:15 a.m.

  • Visit exhibitors

9:45 a.m.
Combatting Maternal Sepsis

  • Catherine Ruhl
  • Maternal sepsis is a rising threat during childbirth and the postpartum period. Readiness, recognition and response to maternal sepsis on obstetric units will be discussed along with nursing's leadership role in improving the care of women with sepsis.

10:45 a.m.
Missouri Safe Sleep Initiatives

  • Mary List, program manager, Safe Cribs for Missouri, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Jefferson City
  • This session will provide an overview of safe sleep initiatives in Missouri, progress and challenges faced. The speaker will also discuss how perinatal nurses can support safe sleep practices and aid in the prevention of infant deaths.

11:45 a.m.
Hosted luncheon

  • Visit exhibitors

12:40 p.m.
Maternal Mental Health: Risk Assessment and Intervention Before, During and After Pregnancy

  • Sue Kendig, JD, WHNP, FAANP, women's health integration specialist, SSM Health-St Mary's, St Louis; director of policy, National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health (NPWH), Washington, DC and co-chair, Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care Maternal Mental Health Patient Safety Bundle
  • Mental health issues have a significant effect on maternal mortality and morbidity. Maternal suicide is recognized as a significant contributor to maternal deaths, similar to postpartum hemorrhage, hypertension in pregnancy and venous thromboemboli. Recent guidance from the IOM, USPHSTF, and ACOG recommend screening all women for depression during the prenatal and postpartal period. This session will provide an in-depth review of the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health's recently released Maternal Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety Patient Safety Bundle, including screening and brief intervention techniques to assist women's health providers in incorporating these recommendations into their busy practice settings.

1:45 p.m.
Choose concurrent session A or B

A. The Implementation of Telehealth for Postpartum Breastfeeding Support

  • Urmeka Jefferson, PhD, RN, assistant professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Jefferson will share her recent research in the practice of using telehealth to assist breastfeeding mothers. Many mothers stop breastfeeding in the early days after birth due to problems such as sore nipples, lack of milk supply or mastitis. Having support from a nurse who can provide answers to the questions and solutions to the problems can mean the mother will be able to continue breastfeeding her infant. Telehealth is a means to provide this nursing support, especially in rural areas or when the mother has few resources to call upon.

B. Evidence-Based Practice in Perinatal Nursing

  • Valerie Bader, PhD, MN, CNM, assistant teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Claudia Brooks, BSN, RN, staff nurse, Labor and Delivery
  • Pam Lesser, RNC-AWH, MSN, director, perinatal services, SSM Health – St Mary's Hospital, St Louis
  • Rhonda Allen, BSN, RNC-OB, Staff Nurse, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, St Louis
  • Pamela Henson, RNC-LRN, staff nurse special care and assessment nurseries, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St Louis
  • Nursing research provides the scientific knowledge for nursing practice. Becoming cognizant of that knowledge and incorporating the latest evidence into practice is important for successful patient outcomes. Evidence based projects (EBP) are a major way to move this knowledge into nursing practice and provide the best care for our patients. The first speaker in this panel will review some areas where EBP projects are needed in perinatal nursing. This is followed by three evidence based practice projects discussed by the nurses who managed these projects.

2:45 p.m.
Beverage break

3 p.m.
Addiction and Pregnancy

  • Daniel Jackson, MD, MS, FACOG, maternal and fetal medicine subspecialist and medical director of obstetrics, MU School of Medicine
  • This session will discuss the impact of the nationwide opiate epidemic on pregnancy. Jackson will discuss treatment for opiate dependence, including methadone and buprenorphine during prenatal and peripartal care. Jackson will also discuss neonatal abstinence syndrome. The effects of other illicit drugs on pregnancy, including methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine will also be discussed.

4 p.m.


  • Online
    Register online
  • Mail
    Nursing Outreach
    S266 School of Nursing Building
    Columbia, MO 65211-4120
  • Fax

Location and lodging

The Third Annual Perinatal Conference on Oct. 26, 2017 will be held at the Peachtree Catering and Banquet Center, 120 E. Nifong, Suite D, Columbia, MO, 65205. Should you need to be reached during the conference, the phone number is 573-875-6608.

Stoney Creek Hotel
A block of rooms has been reserved on the night of Oct. 25 at the special rate of $99 until Sept. 25, 2017 at the Stoney Creek Inn located at 2601 South Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. After this date, rooms will be on a space available basis only. To make reservations, please call the hotel directly at 1-800-659-2220 and be sure to ask for the MU PERINATAL CONFERENCE ROOM BLOCK. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing reservations with a credit card.


The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1019-7.

6.0 contact hours will be awarded to all individuals who attend, complete the evaluation form, and are paid in full. This approval is reciprocal in all states and for all specialty organizations that recognize the ANCC approval process.

Lactation consultants
The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has approved this program for the following continuing education recognition points (CERPs): 4 L CERPS, 0 E CERPS, 3 R CERPS.

IBLCE Verification Number – C1771341

Opportunities for exhibit space or sponsorship

  • Exhibitors
    You are cordially invited to engage in face-to-face conversations with perinatal healthcare providers and educators from across the state. This is an opportunity to share your products or services with a number of key contacts in a short time frame.
  • Sponsors
    There are opportunities to sponsor refreshment breaks, continental breakfast and hosted luncheon as well as invited speakers.

Interested in exhibiting at this event? Or being a sponsor? Please let us know.

Planning committee

  • Stacie Barker, MSN, RNC-NIC, patient care supervisor, women's and children's health, Boone Hospital Center, Columbia
  • Diane Bibb, MSN, RNC, IBCLC, clinical educator/lactation consultant, Hannibal Regional Hospital, Hannibal
  • Judy Bildner, MS(N), RN, MCCNS, clinical manager, MU Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Tracy Bocklage, RNC, staff nurse, MU Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Shirley Farrah, PhD, RN-BC, assistant dean, nursing outreach and teaching professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Cindy Franke, BSN, RNC-NIC, service line specialist, neonatal intensive care unit, MU Women's and Children's Hospital
  • Urmeka Jefferson, PhD, RN, assistant professor, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Catherine Lewis, RN, OB manager, Capital Region Medical Center, Jefferson City
  • Rebecca Schwaller, BSN, RN, IBCLC, childbirth education coordinator, lactation consultant, SSM Healthcare, St Mary's, Jefferson City
  • Cynthia Stephens, MS (N), RN, clinical instructor, nurse planner, Nursing Outreach, MU Sinclair School of Nursing
  • Alison Williams, MBA-HCM, BSN, RN, CPHQ, vice president of clinical quality improvement, Missouri Hospital Association, Jefferson City
  • Judy Wilson-Griffin, MSN, RNC, PNCNS, section chair, AWHONN of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Debbie Yarnell, RN, program year one coordinator, State Fair Community College Nursing Program, Sedalia