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Maternal and Child Health Webinar Series


Webinar 18: NPIHC Webinar: Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants

PRESENTED BY: Dr. raylene phillips, national perinatal association

Overview: This National Premature Infant Health Coalition webinar is presented by Dr. Raylene  Phillips, National Perinatal Association.  Late preterm infants are often treated as “slightly small, almost term babies” and yet babies born at 34 0/7 – 36 6/7 weeks gestation have significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates due to their significant, if not always obvious, immaturity.  The “Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants” is an evidence-based approach to providing safe and supportive care for this vulnerable group  In this webinar, Dr. Phillips reviews this new resource and describes how use will lead to improved outcomes for late preterm infants by providing guidance, education, and support for the families and healthcare providers who care for them.

Webinar 17: NPIHC 2013 Summit Webinar: Enhancing Safety and Outcomes With Evidence-Based Practices

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Alan Spitzer, Pediatrix

Overview: This National Premature Infant Health Coalition webinar is presented by Dr. Alan Spitzer, Pediatrix. This session detailed the efforts of Pediatrix Medical Group in utilizing what is already known to improve the outcomes of a critically-ill patient population. Dr. Alan Spitzer outlined this evidence based-approach and explained the successes reached using these methods. This presentation is appropriate for anyone in the prematurity community, including parents, physicians, nurses, administrators and policy advocates.

Webinar 16: NPIHC 2013 Summit Webinar: Collaborating with Legislators to Advocate for Prematurity

PRESENTED BY: Janine Lewis, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition and Representative Robyn Gabel (D), Illinois- 18th District

Overview: This National Premature Infant Health Coalition webinar is presented by Janine Lewis, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition and Representative Robyn Gabel (D), Illinois- 18th District. Using the recent work in Illinois as a case study, presenters Janine Lewis, Executive Director, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, with Representative Robyn Gabel (Illinois- 18th District), shared the process of collaborating with stakeholders to write and disseminate a report with recommendations on the reduction of premature births at the state level, and discussed best practices on how to engage elected officials and other decision-makers during the process and beyond

Webinar 15: NPIHC Webinar: Oklahoma Infant Alliance’s Late Preterm Infant Toolkit


Overview: This National Premature Infant Health Coalition webinar is presented by Mike McCoy on The Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit. Oklahoma has an unacceptable rate of preterm deliveries at 13.8%, with over three-fourths of those born late preterm (10%) by the last data from the March of Dimes. The Oklahoma Infant Alliance sought to meet the needs of this vulnerable population through the development of a toolkit for use in hospitals and agencies who work with the late preterm infant. This webinar describes the identified problem, the process of development of a clinical practice guideline based on current evidence-based resources and research, and final content of the Late Preterm Toolkit for physicians, allied health, and families with a goal of reduction of morbidities associated with late preterm birth.  Other Panelists include Denise Cole, Coordinator- Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement, Bunny Hudson, Program Director- Oklahoma Infant Transition Program, Bonnie Bellah, Executive Director – Oklahoma Infant Alliance, and Raja Nandyal, Chair- Oklahoma Infant Alliance.

Webinar 14: NPIHC Webinar: Vision Development and the Link to Overall Development in the Premature Infant

Presented by: Glen T. Steele, OD, FCOVD

Overview: This National Premature Infant Health Coalition (NPIHC) webinar is presented by Glen T. Steele, OD, FCOVD, Professor at the Southern College of Optometry in the Pediatric Service and chair of the American Optometric Association InfantSEE® Committee. Dr. Steele provides a focused discussion of the most prevalent and significant issues involved in eye and vision care and development during infancy, when problems are discovered, and early intervention options for children. Dr. Steele also provides information on incidence of vision problems in premature infants, how vision links to overall development, current approaches to care, and opportunities for parents and providers to positively impact the lives of these children.

Webinar 13: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Emerging Science Webinar: Oral Health Care During the Perinatal Period

Presented by: Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, Irene Hilton, DDS, MPH, FACD, Amy D. Gagliardi, MA, IBCLC, RLC, and Rene Andersen, LCSW

Overview: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition’s latest Emerging Science Webinar: Oral Health Care During the Perinatal Period was presented on July 23, 2012. Presenters share the latest science and trends with regard to maternal oral health during pregnancy and the postpartum period, inform about the risk of periodontal disease for moms-to-be and their children, explain barriers to care, and educate about trauma-informed care.

Our multi-disciplinary expert panel includes:

  • Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, MBA, FACOG, Chief Medical Officer of Women’s Health Connecticut and current National Secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG);
  • Irene Hilton, DDS, MPH, FACD, board certified public health dentist and faculty member at University of California San Francisco, School of Medicine and School of Dentistry;
  • Amy D. Gagliardi, MA, IBCLC, RLC, director of the Maternal and Infant Program at Community Health Centers, Inc., and Chief Operating Officer for Lily’s Kids Inc. A Non-profit Organization for Children; and
  • Rene Andersen, MEd, a respected educator on the special healthcare needs of trauma survivors.

This webinar was made possible thanks to the support of U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health Region 1.

Webinar 12: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition Emerging Science Webinar: Powerhouse Nutrients for Pregnancy and Lactation

Presented by: Mary Harris, PhD, RD

Overview: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition’s latest Emerging Science Webinar: Powerhouse Nutrients for Pregnancy and Lactation is presented by Mary Harris, PhD, RD. Dr. Harris shares the most recent evidence on the role of major nutrients focusing upon folic acid, vitamin D and omega-3 DHA in optimal pregnancy outcomes and infant neurocognitive development. Dr. Harris also reviews the role of major nutrients in pregnancy including prevention of preterm delivery and optimal maternal weight gain and infant birth weight; the most appropriate level of folic acid intake (from supplements and food) for pregnant women; identify the benefits of omega-3 DHA intake during pregnancy and lactation upon infant visual, social, cognitive, and psychomotor development; and will share the best food sources of omega-3′s and safe seafood consumption during pregnancy.

Webinar 11: Paying Attention to Mental Health — Before, During and After Pregnancy

Guest Speaker: Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW

Overview: National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition joined the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health in celebrating the 2012 National Women’s Health Week with a webinar on the mental health needs of moms before, during and after pregnancy. Featuring therapist, author and maternal mental health expert Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, the webinar offers an overview of this critical issue for maternal-child health, spotlighting the importance of prevention and awareness. Among the topics to be covered: minimizing the long-term effects of mental health problems, how mom’s emotional wellness can enhance baby’s first year of life, and helpful resources for both providers and parents.

Webinar 10: NPIHC Webinar: Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Postpartum Depression in parents of NICU babies

Overview: This webinar on Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Postpartum Depression (PPD) in parents of NICU babies is provided by Dr. Michael Hynan, and describes the symptoms of ASD, PTSD and PPD, different trajectories of recovery, and research on a potentially dangerous relationship between high levels of emotional distress in new parents and impaired infant development. Dr. Hynan discusses potential interventions as well as model NICU programs, including teaching parenting competencies and developmental care, screening mothers and fathers for emotional distress, parent support groups led by veteran NICU parents, psychologists and psychosocial programs in the NICU, family-centered care and referral networks.

Webinar 9: The Pediatrix BabySteps Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW): Implications for the Future of Neonatal Care

Guest Speaker: Alan R. Spitzer, MD

Overview: This webinar provides an overview of the Pediatrix BabySteps Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW). This novel tool allows for an unbiased extraction of information from an entire neonatal population care by physicians and advanced practice nurses in Pediatrix Medical Group. Because it represents the practice of newborn medicine ranging from small community intensive care units to some of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the United States, it is highly representative of scope of practice in the U.S. Its value in defining outcome measures, quality improvement projects, and research continues to grow annually. Now coupled with the BabySteps QualitySteps program for defined clinical quality improvement projects, it represents a robust methodology for meaningful use of an electronic health care record, as designated during this era of health care reform. Continued growth of the CDW should result in continued important observations and improvements in neonatal care.

Webinar 8: Preventing Child Death Resulting from Hyperthermia (Heat Stroke) in Cars and Trucks

Guest Speakers: Martin R. Eichelberger, MD, Jan Null, CCM, and Lorrie Walker

Overview: This webinar features a panel of experts from Safe Kids, USA and provides information on the incidence of child deaths in cars and trucks caused by heat stroke, tips for raising awareness, and free resources available for parents and providers. Speakers include Martin R. Eichelberger, M.D., founder of Safe Kids Worldwide and renowned expert in the field of pediatric trauma care and injury control, Jan Null, CCM, former meteorologist with the National Weather Service and leading researcher on the topic of Hyperthermia Deaths of Children, and Lorrie Walker, Training Manager & Technical Advisor, Safe Kids Buckle Up Program.

Webinar 7: Reducing Effects of Postpartum Depression – Provider Education and Maternal Empowerment

Guest Speaker: Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW

Overview: HMHB’s latest webinar Reducing effects of postpartum depression – provider education and maternal empowerment features therapist, author and maternal mental health expert Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, who talks about the postpartum spectrum of perinatal mood disorders, including identification of signs and symptoms, risk factors for perinatal mood disorders, screening and effective community response to empower women and help them access services.

Webinar 6: It’s Never Too Early to Prevent Diabetes: The Lasting Impact of Gestational Diabetes on Mothers and Children

Guest Speakers: Robert Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.P. and Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D.

Overview: Gestational diabetes–diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy–affects at least 7 percent and possibly as many as 18 percent of U.S. pregnancies. Join Robert Ratner, M.D., F.A.C.P., Vice President for Scientific Affairs at Medstar Research Institute and Joanne Gallivan, M.S., R.D., director of the National Diabetes Education Program, to learn about the lifelong health risks for women with a history of gestational diabetes, the risks to a child of a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes, and steps mothers can take to help lower these risks for both themselves and their children. Dr. Ratner is a principal investigator for the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and DPP Outcomes Study of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and serves on the planning and steering committees for the project nationwide.

Webinar 5: Obesity and the Built Environment

Guest Speaker: Goutham Rao, PhD

Overview: This webinar features physician, author, and professor Dr. Goutham Rao discussing how the built environment in our communities is affecting the high rates of obesity and overweight in today’s children and adults and possible ways to address this complex issue. Dr. Rao is the Clinical Director, Weight Management & Wellness Center at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Webinar 4: Stopping the Spread of Whooping Cough: Protection Through Cocooning

Guest Speaker: Ari Brown, MD, FAAP

Overview: This webinar features pediatrician, author, child health advocate and mom Dr. Ari Brown discussing the impact of pertussis (whooping cough) on infants and young children – as well as the effective, practical strategy of “cocooning” to prevent the spread of this highly contagious disease.

Webinar 3: Perinatal Nutrition, Maternal Depression, and a Scientist’s Call to Action

Guest Speakers: Captain Joseph Hibbeln, MD and Dr. Thomas Brenna, PhD

Overview: Join the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and leading researchers for a discussion of the important role that omega-3 fatty acids play in maternal and child health.  Hear the science which suggests an association between low omega-3 intake from seafood and increased risk of depressive symptoms during pregnancy from Captain Joseph Hibbeln, MD, United States Public Health Service (Acting Chief, Section on Nutritional Neurochemistry, LMBB, NIAAA, National Institutes of Health).  Learn why experts continue to call on the Food and Drug Administration to update its advice on fish and pregnancy, and hear about the draft recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee from Dr. Thomas Brenna, PhD, Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. Learn more about the science and the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition’s Perinatal Nutrition Working Group at

Webinar 2: Sorting Through the Myths and Facts about Chemicals

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Schwarcz

Overview: This webinar features Joe Schwarcz, PhD, Professor of Chemistry at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and author of “Science, Sense and Nonsense:  61 Nourishing, Healthy, Bunk-Free Commentaries on the Chemistry That Affects Us All.”  The session provides an overview of the public’s changing view of chemistry and examines some of the controversies surrounding chemicals.

Webinar 1: Starting Obesity Prevention in Infancy by Addressing Myths About Baby Behavior

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jane Heinig

Overview: In this engaging webinar, Dr. Heinig discusses recent research conducted by her team at the University of California Davis related to barriers to breastfeeding based on myths surrounding infant behavior. Dr. Heinig also reviews an intervention aimed at overcoming some of these barriers and myths that was recently implemented in California.