Registration is OPEN       Members $475    Non-Member  $575   Parents + Students + Retirees $150

Our Focus:  A NEW Framework for Multidisciplinary Care in the 4th Trimester

For too long perinatal care focused on nine months of pregnancy and the delivery of a healthy infant at 40 weeks. Then we underwent a paradigm shift.

We realized that the care that we offer in first 100 days after a baby is born is just as important as the care we provide during pregnancyThe 4th Trimester was born! But care practices have lagged behind.

If we're going to adequately meet the needs of parents,  infants, and families we need a new multidisciplinary framework for delivering comprehensive, collaborative care during the 4th Trimester.

This means not just addressing the medical needs of postpartum parents and newborns, but creating a safe and responsive environment that is prepared to address the physical, social, emotional, and economic challenges that many families face after the arrival of a child.

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What to Expect

NPA is different... So our conferences are different.

You've been to conferences where the speakers describe the problems. You've seen the data. You know the statistics. Now it's time to do something.

At the National Perinatal Association, we believe that complex problems require interdisciplinary solutions. So NPA conferences bring together experts from across the perinatal continuum to share, listen, and learn from each other.  Because we're interested in solutions.

Our conference objectives are directly linked to our education and advocacy initiatives. We invite you to join one of our workgroups.

Objectives for 2020 Conference:

    • To design a multidisciplinary framework for 4th trimester care that not only addresses our medical needs postpartum, but creates a safe and responsive environment for confronting the mental, social, and economic hardships many families face after the birth of a child.
    • To review the latest evidence for optimal newborn feeding and newborn attachment in order to create an inclusive strategy that promotes and normalizes breastfeeding while ensuring all parents have the resources needed to provide the best possible nutrition for their child. (Best Milk initiative)
    • Continue to build on NPA's work with healthcare disparities in the perinatal period and focus on alleviating the inherent inequities faced by women of color in the 4th trimester. (Disparities workgroup, Transcultural workgroup)
    • Redefine discharge planning for the fragile newborn utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates the medical, economic, and psychosocial needs of families taking a baby home from the NICU. (Interdisciplinary workgroup on NICU Discharge Planning and Preparation)
    • Address specific circumstances such as substance use disorder, post traumatic stress, pregnancy loss, and postpartum depression with evidence-based interventions and compassionate care that empowers families. (Perinatal Substance Use workgroup, Psychologists in the NICU program)
    • Begin an advocacy campaign for paid family medical leave that promotes family bonding, allows for proper recovery from childbirth, and emphasizes the importance of the 4th trimester for healthy human development.


  • OB/GYNs
  • Neonatologists
  • Midwives
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
  • Public Health Advocates
  • Insurance Providers
  • Community Health Professionals
  • Advocates
  • Physician Assistants
  • Harm Reduction Specialists
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Doulas
  • Parents and Families Affected by Care Disparities
    • IBCLCs and Breastfeeding Counselors
    • NICU Clinicians
    • Neonatal Therapists
    • State Perinatal Coalitions and Quality Collaborative Members
    • Students, Residents, and Trainees
    • Lawyers
    • Policy Makers
    • Childbirth Educators
    • Social Workers
    • Psychologists
    • Counselors
    • Case Managers


    CMEs, CEUs, LCSWs and LMFTs will be provided at no additional fee 


    Cancellations received on or before Saturday, October 31, 2020 will be assessed a $50 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for “no shows” or cancellations received on or after October 31, 2020. Phone cancellations must have been confirmed in writing to Kristy Love at


    Kristy Love, Executive Director

    P.O. Box 392 Lonedell, MO 63060

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