Our Fourth Annual State of the State Neonatal-Perinatal meeting in November 2011 continued our theme of prevention of elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation. This year, we will turn our attention to another critical aspect of improving outcomes for babies and their families. Building upon evolving information that supports the role of early caregiving in long-term health outcomes for babies, we will focus upon infant/parent mental health.
“It Takes a Village: Supporting Infant/Parent Mental Health”
The conference will focus upon prevention and identification of early childhood social-emotional concerns, beginning with supporting the caregivers. Among other topics, we will explore common mental health issues among young women, screening and identification of post-partum depression, the impact of early caregiving on infant outcomes, and grief/loss in the perinatal period. We will also use breakout sessions to give you more opportunity to access the expertise of our speakers.
Please register as soon as possible, space is limited. This conference is free of charge. Breakfast, lunch and snacks provided. Please contact Whitney Christina at 860-545-8950 for dietary/other considerations or questions.
*Not open to the public.
Registration and Breakfast, Heublein Auditorium
Marilyn Sanders, MD/Erin Jones
Unquiet Minds: Maternal Mental Health Concerns and The Mother-Infant Dyad
Marilyn Sanders, MD
Supporting Families through the Birth Hospitalization
Liza Gene Cooper, MSW
Break and refreshments
When Babies Die: Supporting Families Through Perinatal Loss
Sharon Thomason, PhD and family panel
It Takes a Village to Mother the New Mother: Development of a Support Program to Address Women’s Mental Health Concerns
Alison Palmer, RN, MS, WHNP-BC
Work Groups: Perinatal Loss or Maternal Mental Health
Alison Palmer RN, MS, WHNP-BC/Sharon Thomason, PhD
Wrap up and next steps
Marilyn Sanders, MD, Director of Outreach Services
Erin Jones, Director of Program Services, March of Dimes