FINALLY! Join the Utah Section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN-UT) in learning together as we “seek clear vision for quality care of women and newborns in 20/20,” or more accurately, 2021. We are thrilled to present diverse, relevant, and engaging topics and speakers bringing you up-to-date on latest evidence and best practice.

ALL Women and Newborn Health workers and students (ie. Nurses, Midwives, Doulas, Physicians, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, etc.) are invited to attend! Covid-19 precautions will be observed. 


This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation and by the International Childbirth Education Association with the assigned program number CTNC03_1920 for 8 contact hours for both sessions.

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 16, 2021 PRE-CON (2 Contact Hours):

In Focus: Maternal Mental Health

Amy-Rose White, MSW, LCSW & Gwen Latendresse, PhD, CNM, FACNM

The maternal mortality picture in Utah is unique. Accidental drug-related deaths and suicide, which are both associated with mental health conditions, are the leading causes of maternal death; it is estimated that greater than 90% of these deaths are preventable (Utah Department of Health, 2018). The Utah Women’s and Newborn’s Quality Collaborative (UWNQC) has united experts from across the state to assemble a Utah-specific toolkit outlining best practices for prevention, recognition, and response for both urban and rural settings. Come explore and discuss HOW to utilize resources to identify and get women the help they need, regardless of practice setting, with Gwen Latendresse, professor, midwife, researcher, and chair of the UWNQC Maternal Mental Health Committee, and Amy-Rose White, perinatal psychotherapist, Executive Director & Board Chair of the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, and Regional Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.  


Friday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 CONFERENCE (6 Contact Hours)

Fetal Physiology is FUN!

Cyndy Krening, MS, RNC-OB, C-EFM

Increase your understanding of uteroplacental physiology and factors affecting umbilical cord pH with Cyndy Krening, AWHONN National President. HOW do pregnancy comorbidities impact uteroplacental perfusion? What labor and birth practices influence pH and HOW do we respond as clinicians? HOW do we assess and interpret fetal acidosis?

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Fetal Oxygenation is Fun!

Methamphetamine Use in Pregnancy & Lactation

Marcela Smid, MD, MA, MS

Methamphetamine (meth) use has risen in the United States since the late 1980’s and remains a large problem in Utah. Individuals seeking treatment for meth represent approximately 1/3 of all substance abuse treatment program admissions; of those in treatment, almost 75% are women and mothers (Utah Department of Health, 2019). Meth use in pregnancy endangers the health of the mother and increases the risk for low birth weight and small for gestational age babies and may increase the risk for neurodevelopment problems in children (ACOG, 2019). Learn with Dr. Marcela Smid HOW maternal meth use impacts your care plan for both mother and baby during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum.  

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION: 2021 09 17 AWONN-UT Meth, Mamas, Munchkins

Caring for the Caregiver

Bernice Tenort, BSN, RNC, MSWI

Compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma lead to feelings of distress and negative professional quality of life (Kester & Wei, 2018). HOW do we develop and foster nurse resilience in today’s complex health system? HOW do we face adverse situations, remain focused, and continue to be optimistic? What resources are available when we, as caregivers, need care?

To Kegel or not to Kegel? That is the question.

Sara Reardon, PT, DPT, WCS, BCB-PMD

There is so much more to pelvic health than Kegels! “We’ve been educated on how to care for our babies, but not educated on how to care for our bodies,” says board-certified women’s health physical therapist, Sara Reardon, also known as the “Vagina Whisperer.” At least 1/3 of women in the United States are affected by pelvic floor disorders. What can WE do to educate women we care for regarding pelvic health and available options? HOW can we impact long term outcomes related to the care we provide during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum? “Postpartum starts on day one and does not stop at week twelve. Postpartum is forever” (Reardon, 2019).


NOWS: Updates & Best Practices

Bhanu Muniyappa, MD

Is NOWS (Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome) more than just “re-branding” of NAS (Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome)? Is there a difference? Explore latest research and best practice for NOWS with pediatrician, Bhanu Muniyappa.  Dr. Muniyappa is part of the University of Utah’s NOWS clinical team and SUPeRAD (Substance Use in Pregnancy Recovery Addiction Dependence Clinic) Price initiative; she teaches NOWS care for opioid exposed infants.


COVID-19 & Pregnancy 

Erin Clark, MD

PPE – quarantine – vaccines – OH MY! COVID-19 has changed and challenged our professional practice. Ongoing studies continue to educate and empower us to optimize care, risk factors, and education for pregnant patients. We’ve learned a lot and are still learning! Erin Clark, MD will discuss best practice and outcomes related to COVID-19 and pregnancy.   

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION: 2021-09-14 COVID-19 Pregnancy_Clark

ACOG. (2019). Methamphetamine abuse in women of reproductive age. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Methamphetamine-Abuse-in-Women-of-Reproductive-Age?IsMobileSet=false
Kester, K., & Wei, H. (2018). Building nurse resilience. Nursing Management, 49(6), 42-45.
Reardon, S. (2019). The vagina whisperer. Retrieved from thevagwhisperer.com
Utah Department of Health. (2018). Maternal mortality in Utah. Retrieved from https://mihp.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/PMR-Update-0718.pdf



Conference Agenda

SEPT 16Thursday
5:30 PM
Pre-Con Meeting Check-in
6:00 PM
Pre-Con Meeting & Dinner – “IN FOCUS: Maternal Mental Health”
8:30 PM
SEPT 17Friday
7:15 AM
Conference Check-in/Continental Breakfast/Exhibit Area Open
8:00 AM
Educational Program Begins
9:25 AM
Exhibit Break Group 1/Educational Program Group 2
10:15 AM
Exhibit Break Group 2/Educational Program Group 1
11:05 am
Educational Program Continues
12:20 PM
1:20 PM
Educational Program Resumes
3:20 PM
3:35 PM
Educational Program Continues
4:45 PM


Thanks for your support!

Interested in participating as an Industry Partner?

Email us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com for details!


Thanks for your support!


The AWHONN-UT 2021 Conference will be held at the University Park Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The University Park Marriott is located at 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108.

  • Room Reservations: We invite you to stay onsite with us! We have secured an AWHONN-UT room block at a discounted conference rate of $105/night + taxes/fees. Book before THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2021 to secure your room rate.
  • Parking: Complementary onsite parking is available for hotel guests and conference attendees.

University Park Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah

Address: 480 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108
Phone: 1-800-228-9290


ALL Women and Newborn Health workers and students (ie. Nurses, Midwives, Doulas, Physicians, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, etc.) are invited to attend!


Registration is open until capacity is reached.

  • Member FRI only: $90
  • Member THURS only: $40
  • Member Combo THUR & FRI: $115
  • General FRI only: $110
  • General THURS only: $45
  • General Combo THUR & FRI: $140
*Member Registration is for current AWHONN members only, and will require your AWHONN membership number.

*General registration is available for prospective members and all other professionals.

Students (Undergraduate Nursing – Student ID required at conference check-in):

  • Student FRI only: $40
  • Student THURS only: $30
  • Student THURS & FRI Combo: $70


Due to generous support from our industry partners, THURSDAY registration includes:

  • Dinner
  • Continuing professional development contact hours
  • Conference materials 

Due to generous support from our industry partners, FRIDAY registration includes:

  • BOTH continental breakfast and lunch
  • Continuing professional development contact hours
  • Conference materials
  • Swag bag

COMBO Registrations include ALL of the above!

Ways to SAVE:

  • Discounted registration is available for current AWHONN members – Save $20- $30!
  • COMBO Registration! Save$10 – $15 per registration by registering for BOTH Thursday and Friday educational opportunities
  • Discounted registration is available for undergraduate nursing students

How to Register:

Click on the appropriate ticket icon below. Click “Add to Cart.” Click “Proceed to checkout.” Complete the billing details section.

NOTE: IF you’re purchasing registrations for multiple attendees, please enter the names and emails of ALL conference participants for their conference badges and confirmations in the “Additional Information” section. 

Click “Proceed to PayPal.” Click the grey button labeled “Pay with Debit or Credit Card.” Complete the PayPal Guest Checkout information and then click “Pay Now.”

We are able to accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Card. We are NOT able to accept American Express due to additional fees. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

You will receive a payment confirmation from PayPal AND a registration confirmation from awhonn.ut@gmail.com.

IF you are unable to register online, you can register with a check. Please email us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com for details.



Once again, we want to encourage caring for both the community AND the caregiver. We’ll be hosting a diaper drive for the Utah Diaper Bank. For every 10 diapers donated, you will be given a raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be awarded self-care prizes!

http:// www.utahdiaperbank.org/about.html

Diaper Need: Safety-net programs such as the Food Stamp Program and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) do not cover the cost of diapers. An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month.

Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities, and most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.

In poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.


Recipients of the AWHONN-UT 2020 Awards of Excellence will be announced and recognized at the AWHONN-UT 2021 Conference.The Awards of Excellence honor AWHONN members who have made a significant or outstanding contribution to the specialties of women’s health, obstetric and/or neonatal nursing in one of the following areas:

  • Practice
  • Education
  • Leadership

The candidates demonstrate excellence through modeling professional behavior, being visionary in the delivery of care, inspiring excellence in others and passionately advocating for the health promotion of women and newborns.

Nominee Eligibility:

  1. Currently licensed as a registered nurse
  2. A full AWHONN member for at least a year prior to the nomination

COVID-19 Update

AWHONN-UT 2021 CONFERENCE is scheduled to be held in-person in with COVID-19 precautions.

July 15, 2020

Dear Members & Colleagues,

We’ve missed you! We are thrilled to announce we are moving forward with an in-person AWHONN-UT 2021 conference on September 16th and 17th with COVID-19 precautions. The conference will be held at the University Park Marriott Hotel in Salt Lake City, UT.

Please anticipate: Masks, social distanced seating, reduced capacity in gathering/exhibit areas, and plated meals.

Erin Clark, MD will be joining our speaking line-up, addressing current research and best practice regarding COVID-19 and pregnancy.

All who transferred their 2020 registration to 2021 are AUTOMATICALLY registered and will receive updated confirmation letters and participant brochure via email. Registration is now OPEN for those who would like to attend until capacity is reached via awhonnutah.com.

Please address any individual questions to awhonn.ut@gmail.com.


The AWHONN-UT Conference Planning Committee

March 19, 2020

AWHONN-UT 2020 Conf Rescheduled: 9/24-9/25, 2020. SAVE THE DATE!

Dear Members & Colleagues,

THANK YOU for your patience and flexibility as we have grappled with the COVID-19 crisis and its implications for the AWHONN-UT 2020 Conference.

We are excited to share that we have found a date that supports our speakers’ and venue’s availability! The postponed AWHONN-UT 2020 conference will be held September 24th & 25th, 2020 at the University Park Marriott Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT.

The agenda and available CNE contact hours will remain unchanged.

We hope this date will work for you!

All registrations (Combo, Thursday Only, Friday Only) will be automatically transferred to the new Thursday (9/24) and Friday (9/25) dates.

We look forward to enjoying this educational event with you in the fall!


The AWHONN-UT 2020 Conference Planning Committee


  1. What if I want to modify my registration? (ie. I signed up for Friday only and can now attend both a Thursday and Friday OR I signed up for Combo registration and need to modify to Thursday or Friday only)

Please email us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com with your request so we can work to accommodate you.

  1. What if I have an existing conflict with the new dates and can’t attend?

You can opt to either:

  1. Apply full registration amount to registration for next year’s AWHONN-UT 2021 Conference.
  2. Receive a partial refund (50%) of previously paid registration fee.

Please let us know as soon as possible, but no later than June 1, 2020, by emailing us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com.  We will be unable to accommodate changes after this date.

  1. Can I re-book my hotel reservation?

Room reservations can be booked at the same room rate within our room block. An updated reservation link will be posted on awhonnutah.com next week. Rooms are booked first come-first served until the block is filled.


March 12, 2020

Dear Members and Colleagues,

The COVID-19 situation in Utah has continued to evolve. In conjunction with the latest recommendations from our local government, academic, and healthcare organizations, we have chosen to POSTPONE the AWHONN-UT 2020 Conference to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Today, March 12, 2020, Governor Herbert requested all meetings over 100 people should be cancelled or postponed. University classes are being cancelled and moved online state-wide. Our local health systems have instituted policies restricting travel and limiting participation in large meetings. We, in no way want to put our participants in a compromising or conflicting situation. Rather, our goal is to support nurses caring for women and newborns.

The timing of this decision has been difficult as we currently have 170 registrations, a sold-out exhibit space, and are only one week away from the conference. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and ask for your continued patience and understanding in the upcoming weeks as we address registration and rescheduling.

In health & community,

The AWHONN-UT 2020 Conference Planning Committee


What about my registration fee?

Participants may choose to:

  1. Transfer registration to the postponed AWHONN-UT 2020 Conference
  2. Apply full registration amount to registration for next year’s AWHONN-UT 2021 Conference (April 15-16, 2021)
  3. Receive a partial refund (50%) of registration fee

When will the AWHONN-UT 2020 conference be rescheduled?

We are actively working with our venue and speakers to reschedule the program. You will receive an email as soon as the date is determined.

What do I need to do?

Nothing yet. Once the AWHONN-UT 2020 conference is rescheduled, your registration will automatically roll over to the new date. We hope you can attend! Should you NOT be able to attend, email us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com indicating whether you would like to apply the registration fee to the 2021 Conference or receive a partial (50%) refund.

What about my travel reservations?

Participants are responsible for canceling/rebooking their travel and hotel accommodations.arshall, 


July 31, 2020

Dear AWHONN Members, Annual Meeting Registrants and Industry Partners,

After careful consideration, the AWHONN Utah Conference Planning Committee has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Utah AWHONN Annual Conference that was re-scheduled for September 24 and 25, 2020 in Salt Lake City.  Protecting the health, safety and well-being of our members, attendees and our community is paramount, and serves as the reason for our decision.  Put simply, canceling the AWHONN 2020 meeting is the right thing to do during this historic time.

The decision to officially cancel the conference stems from our commitment to promote the health and well-being of our community.  As an organization of women’s health, obstetric and neonatal nurses and advance practice providers, we have professional responsibility to model the behavior of social distancing and support state and local governmental guidance, especially as it pertains to public health.  We must model the behavior being asked of our community to prevent further spread of the virus through large public gatherings.

Our conference planning committee, comprised purely of volunteers who are passionate about advancing the health and well-being of women and newborns, are heartbroken that this educational program that was created specifically to address the maternal-newborn needs in Utah, must be canceled due to this unprecedented situation.  These volunteers have selflessly dedicated their time, their passion and their energy to be able to offer this conference, and for that I am forever grateful.  We are confident that the presentations will be relevant as we begin to discuss hosting a conference in 2021.  As always, the committee welcomes those members who would be willing to volunteer their time and expertise for the Utah Section of AWHONN.


Registrants and industry exhibitors can opt to:

  1. Receive a full refund of registration monies via mailed check 
  2. Transfer registration to 2021 AWHONN Utah Conference

We are actively collaborating with the finance department at headquarters to establish processes for registration refunds and transfers. We are committed to ensuring restitution. Please watch for a follow-up email containing next steps for refunds and transfers and an FAQ document. If your questions are not answered in the FAQ, or you have any concerns, please direct all inquiries to awhonn.ut@gmail.com. 

Thank you for your patience, understanding and unwavering commitment to the specialty of women’s health, obstetrical and neonatal nursing.

Tiffany Hanson, MSN, MHA, RNC-OB, C-EFM
AWHONN Utah Section Chair

Details to come.