• Delivery to Deposition: Legal Perspectives in Maternal-Newborn Care Rebecca Cypher MSN, PNNP & Jennifer Brennan, JD

The Maternal-Newborn specialty is commonly associated with high-risk for litigation. Litigation often results when malpractice (presumed or actual) impacts the attitude or health of the patient. How do we foster defendable practice while avoiding defensive medicine? Learn from the Nurse AND Attorney perspective how effective communication, team work, documentation, training and education as well as risk management strategies can improve patient care and reduce risk for medico-legal claims.

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Delivery to Deposition_Cypher & Brennan

DOWNLOAD HANDOUT: Electronic Fetal Monitoring Documentation

  • Plus Size Birth: Nursing Considerations & Implications Jennifer McLellan, CCCE 

Who can be a size-friendly care provider? YOU.

Expand your awareness.

Improve your communication.

Explore state of the evidence on plus-size pregnancy and birth.

Learn practical tips and solutions to enable you to care for women of size in a dignified manner while meeting the needs of both patient and caregiver.

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Plus Size Birth_Nursing Considerations & Implications_ McLellan

  • Peripartum Care Considerations for Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Susan Chasson, MSN, JD

One in three women will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. Rape is the only violent crime in Utah that occurs at a higher rate than the rest of the nation. Studies show that one in eight Utah women will be raped in their lifetime. All too often, women who have been sexually abused carry their wounds into the delivery room or clinic. These unresolved traumas can cause complications throughout a Woman’s pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.   

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Peripartum Care Considerations for Survivors of Sexual Abuse_Chasson

  • Barriers to Breastfeeding: Hypoglycemia, Hyperbilirubinemia, Excessive Weight Loss, & Dehydration Ganga Srinivas, MBBS, FAAP

These interconnected conditions can complicate and compound breastfeeding. Etiology, prevention, identification, and intervention will be explored to combat these barriers.

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Breastfeeding Barriers_Srinivas

  • Building Bridges: The Utah Out-of-Hospital Birth Collaborative Erin Clark, MD & Suzanne Smith, CPM, LDEM

Utah is among the top five states in the nation for planned out-of-hospital births. More than three percent of the births in Utah are planned to occur in an out-of-hospital setting (home or birth center). Opportunity arises to collaborate in care, learning from both the “HOME” and “HOSPITAL” models and optimizing safe transfers of care when needed.

 DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Building Bridges _Clark & Smith

  • Marijuana Use in Pregnancy and Lactation: Sorting through Hazy Evidence Torri Metz, MD, MS

With the legalization of Prop 2 and medical marijuana, questions arise with respect to its use and misuse in pregnancy and lactation.

DOWNLOAD PRESENTATION PDF: Marijuana Use in Pregnancy and Lactation_Metz

  • Preterm Labor & 17P Sean Esplin, MD

Prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Women identified as having a shortened cervix or women with a history of premature birth face increased odds of pre-term birth (PTB). In these patients, the use of progesterone (17P) is shown to significantly reduce the risk of PTB. Despite this fact, there is clear evidence that less than 50% of appropriate candidates for 17P actually receive this intervention in the state of Utah.




Please join the Utah Section of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN-UT) in learning together and “Elevating Life!” 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!


Conference Agenda

APR 12 Friday
7:15 AM
Continental Breakfast & Conference Check-in
8:00 AM
Conference Welcome
8:10 AM
Conference Presentations

Rebecca Cypher MSN, PNNP & Jennifer Brennan, JD | Jennifer McLellan, CCCE

10:25 AM
Break: Exhibit Area Open
10:50 AM
Conference Presentations

Erin Clark, MD & Suzanne Smith, CPM LDEM | Ganga Srinivas, MBBS, FAAP

12:30 PM
1:15 PM
Conference Presentations

Susan Chasson, MSN, JD | Torri Metz, MD, MS

2:55 PM
3:05 PM
Conference Presentation

Sean Esplin, MD

3:55 PM
Closing Remarks
4:00 PM


Thanks to our sponsors


The AWHONN-UT 2019 Conference will be held at the Salt Lake City Marriott City Center Hotel (2nd Floor).

  • Please note that there are two Marriott Hotels in downtown Salt Lake City. The Conference is held at the SALT LAKE CITY CENTER MARRIOTT located at 220 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
  • Room Reservations: We have secured an AWHONN-UT room block at a discounted conference rate of $120/night + taxes/fees. You can reserve your room by calling the Marriott at 801-961-8700 or via the link below:

Book your group rate for The AWHONN Meeting April 2019

  • Book BEFORE MARCH 18, 2019 to secure your room at the discounted rate. Rate subject to change after March 18th.

Please email us at awhonn.ut@gmail.com if you need assistance securing your room reservation.

  • Parking: Covered parking is available on levels P2 and P3 for hotel guests and conference attendees. Enter the parking garage on 200 South.
    • Daytime parking will be validated courtesy of the Hotel. Standard parking rates will apply for overnight.

Salt Lake City Marriott City Center

Address: 220 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: (801) 961-8700

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ALL Women and Newborn Health workers and students (ie. Nurses, Midwives, Doulas, Physicians, Lactation Consultants, Childbirth Educators, etc.) are invited to attend! AWHONN members and undergraduate nursing students will receive discounted registration.

Due to generous support from our industry partners, ALL registrations include BOTH continental breakfast and plated lunch, conference materials, an AWHONN-UT bag, and CNE hours.

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This continuing nursing education activity was approved by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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This year 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.