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Perinatal CNS Workshop

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Improving Maternal-Infant Health Outcomes: Implications for Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialists

January 13-14, 2022

12pm-4:30pm (Eastern Time)

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 Join us for a 2 day virtual workshop, featuring speakers from around the United States discussing a variety of topics designed for the CNS working in perinatal care. This workshop is also open to other professions working in this field who would like to learn more.

Program Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify opportunities and challenges in providing advanced care to mothers and infants with complex needs
  • Discuss strategies for engaging in advocacy impacting maternal-infant health policy
  • Describe clinical and ethical considerations in providing care to vulnerable populations

This workshop will be held via Zoom.  Continuing nursing education contact hours will be available.   This workshop is being hosted by the IU School of Nursing in partnership with the  Perinatal CNS Network, an informal special interest network group formed in 2020 and comprised of like-minded CNSs from around the United States. To learn more about this group, contact Amy Shay at 

  • The mission of the Perinatal CNS Network is to improve maternal-infant health outcomes.  The Network provides a forum for solving problems, sharing innovations, exchanging ideas, and leading clinical care by supporting and disseminating the unique contributions of the Perinatal CNS.


$79 Early Bird (by December 1)

$99 (after December 1)

Registration fees are non-refundable. 


Sessions and Speakers (note workshop times are Eastern) 

Thursday, January 13, 12:00pm-4:30pm Eastern Time 

(sessions, speakers, and order of sessions subject to change if needed)

Time Session Speaker(s)
12:00-12:10 Welcome


12:10-1:10 Managing the Threat of Maternal Sepsis

Suzanne Baird, DNP, RN

Emily Roberts, MSN, APRN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

1:10-2:10 Meeting the Challenges of Improving Prenatal Care for Minority Women Heather Benson, MD, PhD
2:10-2:25 Break


2:25-3:25 Managing Substance Use Disorder in Pregnancy & Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Susan Tyler, MSN, RN-BC, PCNS-BC, CPN

Brooke Schaefer, MSN, FNP-C

3:25-4:25 Promoting Patient Safety & Quality in the Inpatient Maternity Setting

Amy Birchfield, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CCPS

Emily Roberts, MSN, APRN, RNC-OB, C-EFM

4:25-4:30 Wrap Up



Friday, January 14, 12:00pm-4:30pm Eastern Time 

(sessions, speakers, and order of presentations subject to change if needed)

Time Session Speaker(s)
12:00-12:10 Welcome
12:10-1:10 Strategies for Legislative Advocacy for Perinatal CNSs Sharron Crowder, PhD, RN, ATSF
1:10-2:10 Listen to Their Hearts: Strategies to Address Cardiovascular Risk After Preeclampsia Adriane Burgess, PhD, RNC-OB, CCE, CNE, C-OnQS
2:10-2:25 Break
2:25-3:25 Caring for Transgender Persons During Childbirth Hannah Locke, MD
3:25-4:25 Clinical Implications of Fetal Heart Monitoring Anna Weigand, MSN, IBCLC, RNC-EFM
4:25-4:30 Wrap Up

Continuing Education

Continuing nursing education credits will be available, including pharmacotherapeutic credits as appropriate. Calculation of credits is in progress and will be posted when available. Recordings* of some sessions will be available for paid registrants for a limited time after the workshop.

*Please note that not all sessions may be available as a recording to be viewed after the event, and therefore no continuing education hours will be awarded for those sessions for registrants who are unable to attend the live event. 


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When registering for this workshop, you will be asked to create an IU guest account in order to access the workshop materials via our online learning management system, Canvas. Please follow the instructions on the registration/enrollment website to pay and create your guest account.