Perinatal Care and the 4th Trimester: 

Redefining Prenatal, Postpartum, and 

Neonatal Care for a New Generation


Subject to change.

Tuesday, December 1 Pre-Conference Meeting

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

NNNP Annual Meeting: National Network of NICU Psychologists

By invitation. 

Wednesday, December 2

Caring for the Family Unit

10:00 - 10:30


Conference Chairs

  • Jerry Ballas, MD, MPH
  • Andrea Insoft, LICSW, ACSW
  • Chavis Patterson, PhD

10:30 - 11:30 

Actually I’m Not OK: An Account of One Person’s Experience in the 4th Trimester

  • Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW, ACSW

11:30 - 12:30

Family Medical Leave

  • Blythe Thomas of 1,000 Days

1:30 - 2:30

Innovative Models: Optimizing Mental Health in the

4th Trimester Through Collaborative Practice

  • Rebecca Feldman, CNM, PMHNP

2:45 - 3:45

A1 Strategies to Promote Postpartum Visit Attendance Among Medicaid  Participants
  • Diana Rodin, MPH
  • Sharon Silow-Carroll, MBA, MSW

A2 Ourselves and Our Own:

The Medical Professional's 4th Trimester

  • Emily Hamburg-Shields, MD, PhD

4:15 - 5:15

Speaker Panel

5:15 - 5:30


5:30 - 6:30


Visit Sponsors and Exhibitors

Thursday, December 3

Medical Care

9:00 - 9:15


  • Conference Chairs

9:15 - 10:15

New Approaches to the Care of Opioid Exposed Newborns
  • Susan Hwang, MD, PhD, MPH/MSPH

10:15 - 11:15

Postpartum Pause: Identifying Gaps In Preparedness for Parenting

  • Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

11:45 - 12:45

Kegels Don’t Cut It: Moving Beyond Kegels for Postpartum Care
  • Michael Aquino, PT, DPT, TPS
  • Andrea Werner Insoft, LICSW

2:00 - 3:00

Care to Support the Transition from NICU to Community:

An Occupational Therapy Approach

  • Jenene Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L, CNT
  • Brigitte Desport, DPS, ATP, OTR/L

3:15 - 4:15

B1 NICU Discharge Preparation and Transition Planning

  • Vincent Smith, MD, MPH

B2 Mental Health Workgroup and

National Network of NICU Psychologists (NNNP)

  • Shelly Steinwurtzel, PsyD
  • Allison Dempsey, PhD
  • Sage Saxton, PsyD

4:30 - 5:30

C1 The PARTNER Model: An Attachment-Based Practice Model for Providers Working with Mothers and Infants Impacted by Opioid Use Disorders

  • Noelle Ciara DSW, LCSW, ACM-SW

C2 Healthcare Equity: An Open Conversation and Update on NPA’s Workgroup

  • Viveka Prakash Zawisza, MD, MS, MBA

Advisory Council Meeting

By Invitation

Friday, December 4

8:00 - 8:30

Annual Meeting of National Perinatal Association's Members 

All Are Welcome.

Mental Health

All Day

Meditation Space: Reflect, Relax, and Recenter

9:00 - 9:30

  • Opening Remarks
  • Introduction to NPA's new membership model
  • Poster Awards
  • Jerry Ballas, MD, MPH - NPA President

9:30 - 10:30

Enduring Impact of Maternal Childhood Adversity on Pregnancy, Fetal, and Infant Outcomes

  • Neill Epperson, MD

10:30 - 11:30 

The First One Hundred Days: Promoting Safety, Security, and Connectedness in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit

  • Marilyn Sanders, MD, FAAP

11:45 - 12:45

D1 Healthy Expectations: Treating Perinatal Mood and

Anxiety Disorders through an Infant Mental Health Lens

  • Celeste St. John-Larkin, MD
  • Jennifer Paul, PhD

D2 Up in Smoke: The Potential Implications of Cannabis During the Perinatal Period

  • Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD

1:45 - 2:45

Nurse Family Partnership: Improving the Health and Well-being of Families

  • Mandy Atlee Allison, MA, MD, MSPH

2:45 - 3:45

Unexpected Outcomes: When and What is the 4th Trimester?
  • Naomi Bar-Yam, PhD

3:45 - 4:45

Postpartum Depression, Anxiety, and Other Mood Disorders: Diagnoses and Treatment in the 4th Trimester and Beyond

  • Sage Saxton, PsyD, PMH-C

4:45 - 5:15 

Closing Remarks

  • Jerry Ballas, MD, MPH - NPA President



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


Cancellations received on or before February 1, 2020 will be assessed a $50 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for “no shows” or cancellations received on or after February 2, 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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