5th Annual Perinatal Conference: Improving Outcomes for Mother and Baby

  • Date: Oct. 27, 2020 - Feb. 28, 2021
  • Format: online


The purpose of this On-Demand 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 conference features the latest evidence-based practices and tools applicable to both inpatient and ambulatory perinatal practice settings.  

Target Audience

Obstetric, Nursery and Neonatal ICU nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Students, Educators, Clinical Managers and other maternal-infant health professionals who may be interested.
This Perinatal conference is jointly provided by MU Sinclair School of Nursing and the Missouri Section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

The recorded sessions are available for viewing from October 27 until December 24.

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Conference Purpose

The 5th Annual Perinatal Conference: Improving Outcomes for Mother and Baby.

This conference is designed for maternal-infant healthcare providers will update your knowledge and enhance your skills related to the clinical management and care of pregnant women and their newborn babies. It features the latest evidence-based practices and tools applicable to both inpatient and ambulatory perinatal practices. 

Conference Formats

Nursing Outreach offers the same conference in two formats:

The Virtual Conference is a one-day event where participants will video-conference with the speakers as the content is presented in real time. Each of these sessions will be recorded.

The On-Demand Conference is open for an eight-week timeframe and is designed for those participants that cannot attend the Virtual Conference format. The recordings from the Virtual Conference will be available for participants to view, at their leisure, at any time during an eight-week timeframe. 

Contact Hours are available and are assessed through a per-session attendance for either the Virtual Conference or the On-Demand Conference. Participants will not receive duplicated contact hours for attending the same session in the Virtual and the On-Demand formats.

Conference Contact

For content-related questions, please contact Peggy Bunton at (573) 882-0215 or the Nursing Outreach office.  

Conference Details

The 5th Annual Perinatal Conference: Improving Outcomes for Mother and Baby.

This conference is designed for maternal-infant healthcare providers will update your knowledge and enhance your skills related to the clinical management and care of pregnant women and their newborn babies. It features the latest evidence-based practices and tools applicable to both inpatient and ambulatory perinatal practices. 

The Virtual Conference will be held on October 22, 2020 from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm Central Time.

The On-Demand Conference Sessions will be available for viewing from October 26, 2020 until December 24, 2020

Session 1. Caring for Mother-Infant Dyad Affected by Substance Disorder in a Resource Limited Community

(70 minutes)

Participants will learn how to care for mother/baby dyads to improve outcomes among this high-risk population. Learners will explore what barriers exist in resource limited settings, and how to overcome these limitations.  The importance of using a Substance Use Disorder screening tool for mothers/baby dyads, non-pharmacologic care, and functional based assessment tools for the care of the neonate will be reviewed.

Presenters: Kimberly Spence, MD and Mary Hope, BSN, RN

Session 2. Toxic Stress & Trauma in Pregnancy

(60 minutes)

This session will explore the disparities that exist when toxic stress and trauma occur in pregnancy. The impact on Mom and baby will be identified. The learner will explore interventions to mitigate the negative sequela to improve outcomes.

Presenter: Heidi L. Strickler, PhD, LCSW-S, CEDS-S, CART, CTLS

Session 3: An Overview of Rural Perinatal Opioid Use in the US

(50 minutes)

Opioid use and misuse during the perinatal period have been linked to negative maternal and child health outcomes.  This presentation will explore what is currently known about the contributing factors and maternal characteristics of rural perinatal opioid use/misuse.  Implications of the research-based findings to health care will be explored

Presenter: Jamie Morton, MSN, RN

Session 4: Missouri Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: 2020 Report – Data to Action 

 (60 minutes)

This presentation will cover the recent PAMR report including the causes of and contributing factors in pregnancy associated and pregnancy-related deaths in Missouri.  The speaker will share prevention strategies that can be integrated into practice to reduce these deaths.  Participants will explore potential biases they may have that contribute to poor outcomes.  Walk away with a feeling of hope that your help does make a difference.

Presenter: Ashlie Otto, BSN, RN

Session 5: Update on COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Opportunity to Participate in Research 

(50 minutes)

In this session, the state of what is currently known (and still unknown) regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy will be discussed.  This will include the effect of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes, the risk of maternal-fetal transmission, and the effect of pregnancy on COVID-19 disease.  We will conclude with a discussion of a research project on COVID-19 that is being conducted at the University of Missouri.

Presenter: Albert L. Hsu, MD & Megan Burnam, DNP, FNP-C, NP-C, IBCLC

Session 6: How We Birth and Why it Matters to Us All

(60 minutes)

In this presentation, the history and evidence behind different prenatal care models will be shared. Etiology of racial disparities as it relates to maternal-fetal outcomes will be explored.  Participants will recognize how prenatal care, birth and pregnancy outcomes, present unique opportunities to positively influence the health of women, their children and even their communities.

Presenter: Courtney L. Barnes, MPH, MD

Session 7: Intimate Partner Violence: Assessment and Intervention in the Health Care Setting

(60 minutes)

Participants will receive a general overview of Intimate Partner Violence.  Discussion will include assessment, assessment tools, and do’s and don’t for providers.  Learn how to effectively provide intervention for IPV in the health care setting.  Available resources and tips for self-care for providers will be shared.

Presenters: Shauna Hess, MSN, RNC, WHNP-BC 
Mary Killday, MSW
Whitney Krueger, MSW, LMSW





Conference Completion

Conference participants must do the following:

  • attend at least one session.
  • complete the 3-question Session Evaluation after each session attended.
  • complete the overall Conference Evaluation and Attendance Verification Survey.

After the overall Conference Evaluation and Attendance Verification Survey has been received and your attendance verified, your CE certificate will be emailed to you from Nursing Outreach.

University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO1022-6

Up to 7.07 contact hours will be awarded to all participants on successful completion.  

Technical Requirements

Both of our conferences are being offered entirely online. There are some minimal technology requirements needed for participation.

For either of these conference formats you will at least need to have all of the following:

  • A computer, laptop, and/or mobile device
  • A stable Internet connection
  • A modern web browser
  • Access to Canvas Learning Management Software
  • Optional:
    • A keyboard/text input (external or built-in)
    • Headphones or speakers (external or built-in)

For the Virtual Conference Only, you will need to have all of the following:

  • Access to Zoom Video Conferencing Software

Minimal Technology Literacy Skills

To excel in this conference, you should have these incoming skills:

  • The ability to effectively use peripheral computer components, including speakers, webcams, and microphones.
  • The ability to download and install software on your personal computer and/or install apps on your mobile devices.
  • For both types of formats, the ability to perform a variety of functions within Canvas, including but not limited to:
    • access Canvas and migrate through the Conference information.
    • opening files within the LMS for on-screen viewing.
    • updating your Account information (e.g. profile/bio, notification preferences, contact information).

Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, offers a Canvas Student Guide for more information on using Canvas if you need further assistance.

  • For the Virtual Conference format:
    • The ability to perform a variety of functions within Zoom.

Zoom has a Help Center webpage that contains tutorial videos to help guide you through the set up and use process.

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We value the voice of every student in this course. We embrace our diversity as a group—in race, gender, age, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion, language, ability, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic and veteran status, —is an asset, resource and strength that is critical to our learning experience.  As a result, we are committed to designing inclusive lessons and assignments that encourage diverse perspectives to be recognized and respected, while providing you with the opportunity to speak and be heard, explore your own understanding, and engage with one another.

(Adapted  with permission from MU Teaching for Learning Center’s Teaching and Learning in the Diverse Classroom)


We all learn differently, and we want every participant to succeed. If you have a learning need or disability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with appropriate accommodations.  

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