Annual Conference

50th Annual Statewide Perinatal (Virtual!) Conference

This year's conference is going to look a bit different! Check out the three day event, at a glance below, and then scroll down to find out more about what's offered on each day. View the Agenda

Friday, September 18



Wednesday, September 23



Friday, September 25



You can register for any 1 day or all 3 days with or without continuing education credits. The cost of registration depends on the number of days, continuing education credits, and whether you are a WAPC member or non-member.Registration fees include a morning plenary presentation, choice of breakout sessions, and an afternoon plenary session. Not a member yet? Join now and get discounted registration!

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The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) designates this live activity for a maximum of ­­­­­18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This conference meets the criteria for a maximum of 18.75 contact hours.  

Dieticians are responsible for submitting documentation to appropriate accrediting bodies to earn continuing education hours.

Notice of requirements for successful completion: Registrants must attend sessions and complete the electronic evaluation for each session to receive continuing education credit.

Full Agenda

Unless otherwise specified, each course counts for 1.0 continuing education credits and speakers have disclosed no relevant conflicts of interest. Please note, some sessions run concurrently and are denoted with an *.

Perinatal Care for the Plain Community

Jessica Scott Schwoerer, M.D., Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
9:00-10:00 a.m.

This session will explore Plain Community society and culture, the basics of genetic testing and newborn screening, and obstetrical/perinatal care in the Plain Community. Case studies will include practical examples of use of genetic testing in the Plain Community at different stages: preconception, prenatal, and postnatal. The cases will illustrate how genetic knowledge can inform the care of the mother and fetus/infant. It will also demonstrate collaborations available in Wisconsin to help delivery more affordable, culturally sensitive care to the Plain Community.

Learn the Signs. Act Early. Preparing Parents to Nurture Early Development through Developmental Monitoring*

Kris Pizur-Barnekow, Ph.D., OTR/L, IMH-E, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
10:15-11:15 a.m.

This presentation will describe the CDC's “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” campaign and facilitate understanding of methods to engage families in developmental monitoring using evidence-based materials. Participants will be encouraged to develop an action plan to implement use of the materials in their practice setting.

Evidence for the Efficacy of Probiotic Interventions to Reduce Antenatal GBS Colonization*

Lisa Hanson, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, Professor, Director-Midwifery Program, Marquette University, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, WI
10:15-11:15 a.m.

There is growing evidence for the efficacy of probiotic interventions to reduce antenatal Group B streptococcus colonization. During this presentation, published research (both in vitro and in vivo) will be systematically reviewed (and if possible) meta-analyzed. In progress studies from a number of countries using a variety of probiotic interventions will also be presented. At the end of the presentation, attendees will have a good understanding of the state of the science on the topic.

AIMing for Success: Strategies for Implementing the AIM the AIM Severe Hypertension Bundle Successfully

Leslie Jones, MSN, APRN-BC, CNS (Perinatal Program Specialist, Advocate Aurora Health, Milwaukee)
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The first part of this session will feature brief summaries from the three speakers outlining lessons learned in their diverse settings--Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, and Advocate Aurora Health (a member of AIM since April 2017). The second part of the session will be an engaging interactive opportunity for participants to identify their concerns and other issues related to the implementation process. The discussion will inform the development of resources of the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative's AIM Severe Hypertension initiative.


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Working with the Laboring Brain

Amy L. Gilliland, Ph.D., AdvCD/BDT(DONA), CSES (AASECT), Research Associate, UW Madison SoHE Center for Child and Family Well Being, Madison, WI
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Dr. Gilliland makes a compelling argument that the social purposes of human labor and birth are designed to strengthen attachment relationships and caregiving templates in the brains of parents and children. These processes are intertwined with the limbic system’s encoding of potent long-lasting memories and explain the effectiveness of the professional birth doula (and sometimes midwife) over loved ones in obtaining positive obstetric, neonatal, and postpartum outcomes.

Implementation of Eat, Sleep and Console: Lessons Learned

Staci Bohling BSN, RN, Prenatal Education Coordinator, Froedtert West Bend, West Bend, WI
Dr. Erwin Cabacungan, Director of Neonatology Services, Froedtert West Bend, West Bend, WI 

10:15-11:15 a.m.

The presentation will discuss differences between the Finnegan Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) scoring tool and the Eat, Sleep, and Console (ESC) scoring tool. Instructors will illustrate how using the scoring tools improved outcomes and also how to implement ESC in a community hospital.

Maternity Care for Women Who Are Pregnant and Incarcerated

Meagan Thompson, DNP, ARNP, CNM, Assistant Clinical Faculty in the School of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Christina Shutters, ARNP, CNM 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This session will increase understanding of the complex emotional, behavioral, and obstetrical care for women who are incarcerated. The instructor will also address the knowledge gap that exists amongst women in this population.


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Beyond the Blues: Mental Health Challenges across the Perinatal Spectrum*

Christina Wichman, DO, Director of Women’s Mental Health, Medical College of Wisconsin; Medical Director, The Periscope Project, Milwaukee, WI
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Perinatal mood disorders are the number one medical complication of childbirth. While many know that one in seven mothers experience postpartum depression, mental health challenges affect women and families from preconception through the first year after birth. This session was first presented at the 2019 Regional Forums and covers the importance of early detection; the impact mental health challenges can have on children and families; and the value of identifying provider and patient resources.

Opportunities for Improvement in Wisconsin Perinatal Health: Insights from the 2016-2017 PRAMS Surveillance Report*

Fiona Weeks, MSPH, MCH Epidemiologist/ PRAMS Project Director, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Maternal and Child Health Unit, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison
9:00-10:00 a.m.

Session information coming soon.

Midwife Laborist Model in a Collaborative Community Practice

Gokhan Anil, MD, FPMRS, FACOG, MBOE, Regional Chair of Clinical Practice – SWMN Region, Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, MN
10:15-11:15 a.m.

The speaker will present an alternative to the physician laborist model—a midwife laborist model -- in a collaborative practice with obstetricians practicing in a high-risk community setting.

Wisconsin's Maternal Mortality Review Team*

Angie Rohan, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, CDC Assignee to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Madison, WI
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Maternal mortality is determined by the interrelationship between natural, built, and social environments and the individual woman’s own determinants of health that comprise her greater context. In Wisconsin, the Maternal Mortality Review Team evaluates the full range of circumstances of every maternal death to deepen an understanding of the changes a coordinated system of comprehensive care can support to improve the outcomes of every woman.

Practical Approaches to Maternal Hypertension: Controlling Your Own Blood Pressure While Helping Others with Theirs*

Kara Hoppe, DO, Assistant Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine Specialist, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

During this engaging presentation, participants will learn strategies focused on addressing the needs of pregnant women with hypertension, including management of chronic hypertension, gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and hypertension in the postpartum period. The strategies will align with the approaches supported through the AIM Severe Maternal Hypertension bundle.

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Poster Session

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