💊 = Pharmacologic Content

General Sessions for All

Keynote Address: Cultural Inclusivity, Where all Grow and Thrive

Description. Shafia Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH


Diversity is Aching to be Born at Birth Centers: Embrace It!

This general session will prepare participants to understand the importance of diversifying birth centers across the nation. Demographics of CNM/CPMs/NPs, midwifery students, the overall U.S. population and birth centers will be presented. Health disparity issues will be discussed. The importance of promoting and supporting diversity while our nation is divided on the topic will be addressed. Finally, solutions and brainstorming on how to diversify our birth centers will be explored. Maria Valentin-Welch, CNM, DNP, MPH, CDP, FACNM


A Midwife for Every Body: Integrating LGBTQ Inclusive Practices for the Benefit of All 💊

We will explore how implementing client-centered practices for LGBTQ clients improves and enhances the care we provide for all families seeking midwifery care. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer spectrum individuals face many obstacles to healthcare access including a lack of knowledgeable care providers, other people’s lack of awareness of identity issues, and outright prejudice and discrimination. This leads to under-utilization of healthcare by LGBTQ people and contributes to health disparities and poor outcomes, especially by individuals with intersecting marginalized identities. As midwives and birth workers, we are in a unique position to offer culturally competent care to this client
population. In this session, we will go over vocabulary and acronyms relevant to serving LGBTQ clients, as well as ways to facilitate LGBTQ-inclusive care through health history forms, informed choice discussions, and the ways we talk about midwifery, birth, and feeding newborns. We will share resources for further continuing education and learning. Finally, we
will develop a collective understanding of how these changes will benefit all of our clients, regardless of gender or sexual identity.  Jaqxun Darlin, CPM, LDM


Research Panel



Closing Address: Encouragement for the Future

Everyone goes to a conference with expectations.  What were your expectations?  And were they met?  Did you have surprises or disappointments?  Your stake in the outcome of the conference tells each of you what and where your professional energy needs to be spent.  Is your buy-in worth the effort? Sister Angela Murdaugh, CNM, MSN, FACNM


Clinical Track

Vitamin K Deficiency, GBS Screening, etc.

Description.  Speaker TBA


Professional Liability Claims for out of Hospital Birth—Allegations, Causes and Outcomes

Our past conference sessions have dealt with claims data for nurse midwives only. Concrete claims data is now available for 2013-2016 for OOH midwives that will be especially relative to AABC attendees. Ann Geisler, long time insurance professional and midwifery specialist, will present data with Dave Pulley, V.P. of a major insurance carrier, who has also supported the midwifery and birth center insurance needs for a decade. Countrywide data will be scrutinized for claim allegations, causes and outcomes. Attendees will help employ root cause analysis, identify claim trends and learn risk management and loss control strategies to deal with practice situations. Ultimately, this information will empower practitioners to utilize critical thinking to improve outcomes to mothers, babies and their families.  Ann Geisler, CPCU, AU, AAI; Dave Pulley, MSM in RMI, CPCU, RPLU


Smooth Transitions Quality Improvement Program  💊

Through this interactive 90-minute workshop, participants will learn about a quality improvement program in WA state that aims to enhance the safety of hospital transfers from planned community-based births and improve the transfer experience for everyone involved: transferring midwives, receiving providers and other hospital staff, and most importantly, clients/patients and their families. The workshop will include a 30-minute PPT presentation, followed by discussion and role-play exercises.  Audrey Levine, LM, CPM


Perinatal Pharmacology Potpourri 💊

A potpourri of current issues involving pharmacological treatments of women during the perinatal period, including topics such as the opioid crisis, the use of progestins and aspirin, and pharmacology in the future.  Mary Brucker, CNM, PhD, FACNM


Emergency Drills

Neonatal NRP Drills - Julie Moon, CNM
Maternal Shoulder Dystocia and Postpartum Hemorrhage Drills - Stephanie Palacio, CNM


Administrative Track

I'm Accredited, Now What?

Description.  Fran Schwartz, JD; Linda Davis, BSN; Kim Pekin, CPM


Contracting & Credentialing

Join this session for a comprehensive introduction of contracting and credentialing presented by Marnie Cabezas with case studies presented by experienced birth center owners and staff. Marnie Cabezas; Chris Dominguez; Glenda Pearson


Birth Center Programs for Students and Recent Graduates

Description.  Ann McCarthy, MSN, CNM; Donnellyn Dominguez, LM, CPM; Gina Cardona, MSN, CNM


Marketing & Media

Description.  Tyler Hixson, Casey Messmer, Judith Nowlin


The Billing Game—May the Codes Be Ever in Your Favor

Abigail and Erica will be presenting on tried and true billing strategies for the unique birth center setting including well-woman care, pregnancy, birth (with and without complications), labor transfer and newborn through the first month. Our goal is to help birth center midwives understand how to capture all that they should be getting paid for in and outside of the global OB package.  Abigail Lanin Eaves, CNM; Erica Deerinwater, CPC



The Choline Program: Implementing Vital Nutrition Education in Pregnancy.  Hope Ballentine

Evaluating the Financial Viability of a Lactation Service at a Freestanding, Non-Profit Birth Center.  Rebecca Costello

Castor oil as a natural alternative to labor induction: A retrospective descriptive study.  Lesley Rathbun

Perceived safety and support for low-risk pregnancies in the birth center context.  Sarah Sanders

Preliminary Outcomes of Water Births in Birth Centers.  Carol Snapp

Using a Birth Center model of care to improve reproductive outcomes in informal settlements: a case study.  Jacqueline Wallace

Birth Room Environment Survey.  Melanie Yanke