Family Advocacy Network 

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN) champions collaborative relationships between families and the medical professions who care for them. 

FAN brings together family advocates from every arena of maternal-infant care to share their ideas and cultivate their talents as we address the medical, educational, and psychosocial needs of families. 

Join us as we work together to bring real, measurable, and substantive progress in the implementation of family-centered care.

                                                    Co-Chairs: Cheryl Milford, MEd. and Erika Goyer

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Are you a parent who is interested in perinatal advocacy issues? The National Perinatal Association  is uniquely committed to developing, promoting, and elevating parent voices - and leadership. This is done by including parent leaders at our annual conferences, in our interdisciplinary workgroups, and through parent participation on NPA's Board of Directors. Your participation with NPA can be funded, in part, by a needs-based scholarship. Learn more about the Hatfield and Hynan Parent Scholarship program and how you can apply.

Free Seminars

Thank you to those who joined us for our FREE seminar on Perinatal Substance Use and Family Advocacy in Loma Linda, California.

  • Licit or Illicit Use: Nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and cannabis with Joelle Puccio, BSN, RN
  • The Real Expert Panel: Lived experience from parents who have navigated the system with Ria Tsinas

Download Joelle Puccio's presentation slides.

View Past FAN Presentations:

Webinars for Family Advocates

FAN collaborates with our partners at the Preemie Parent Alliance to bring you a quarterly webinar series on topics of interest to families and their providers. 

Do you have a topic you would like to see covered? Email Erika at

REGISTER for this Month's Webinar

Helping NICU Moms Discover Their Magic

Tuesday, March 27th    11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT

A baby in the NICU is one of the most daunting, confusing and overwhelming times for Mothers, but opportunity exists for learning and discovering strengths, skills and life lessons that arrive with our baby’s births.

Join Kasey Mathews, Author of Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood as she shares how NICU Parent Leaders who have walked this path, can share their journeys and guide Moms on their own, equipping NICU mothers with skills and tools that enable them not just to survive the NICU, but thrive as a result.

FREE for NPA Members. Email for the coupon code.

Past Webinars

The inaugural webinar Understanding the Basic Components of Trauma-Informed Care with Kara Wahlin, LMFT of NICU Healing was hosted in March 2016. View the presentation here.

Our second webinar was A Roadmap for Improving Your NICUwhere Sue Hall, MD & Kristy Love, a parent support program leader,  illustrated how to use the NPA's Interdisciplinary Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents to effectively advocate for change at your hospital. 

Our third webinar was Is Baby Friendly Family Friendly? with Sara Mosher, RN, BSN, MHA of Patient+Family Care where we discussed how the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and upcoming guidance for NICUs impact perinatal care practices and affect the quality of care and support given to NICU babies and their families.

Resources from Sara's webinar:

In our webinar, Caring for the Caregiver: Self Care for Peer Mentors, we talked with Cheryl Milford, EdS. As a  NICU psychologist and developmental specialist, Cheryl has been at the leading edge of perinatal caregiving for the last 30 years. She shared her perspective on how we can best address our unique needs as parent leaders and peer mentors and helped us explore ways to provide meaningful support to families who are in crisis without compromising our own mental health and wellbeing.

Resources from Cheryl's webinar:


Our fifth webinar, Supporting Families & Legal Liabilities: Protecting Your Organization, was hosted by an expert panel of attorneys, Lisa Moore of The Moore Firm and Erin Whaley from Troutman Sanders. 

    • You’ve developed some incredible education materials for your families, is your content protected? 
    • You just want to help, why won’t the hospital let you start a support group? 
    • What is HIPAA anyway and what does it mean to you? 
    • Do you know what your volunteers are saying to families in crisis? 

We’ll answer these and many more questions on the topics of Intellectual Property & Healthcare Law.


Email or for details on future webinars. 

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