The New Jersey Symposium for Physiologic Birth: 2018 Avoiding Cesarean hosted by the Midwives of New Jersey, LLC has a corporate goal of Improving Birth Outcomes in New Jersey. As part of that goal, they hosted their first Symposium last year, The Evidence for CHOICE. The conference was very successful in bringing together birth workers from around the state to examine the evidence, presented by Dr. Rebecca Dekker of Evidence Based Birth, specifically the evidence that supports Midwifery Care, Homebirth and Waterbirth.
The Symposium theme for 2018, Avoiding Cesarean, is a hot topic among healthcare providers, administrators and policy-makers alike. The federal government has set a goal of reducing c-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. New Jersey has a NTSV rate of 30.3% and has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. Hospitals and providers are seeking proven methods to reduce the number of cesarean births in their facilities.
Conference attendees can learn from experts who have been successful at reducing the cesarean rate in their practice, their facility and their state. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Shah, is attacking this nationwide epidemic from a unique perspective that most people have never considered.
Our speakers, all hailing from New Jersey, will present solutions to a complicated problem and bring together birth workers from around the state who share The Midwives of New Jersey’s vision for healthy births for all New Jersey families.
The Symposium will finish with a panel discussion presenting several other choices women can make to help reduce their chance for surgical birth. Dr. Shah will encourage all New Jersey Birth workers to support the March for MOMS.
This year, our Keynote speaker is Dr. Neel Shah. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-section. Dr. Shah will be discussing his work and recommendations at the conference.
The 2018 Symposium allows you to collaborate and gain innovative ideas from thought leaders at the forefront of improving maternal health outcomes and reducing unnecessary cesarean from a systems, provider and patient perspective.
The 2018 Symposium allows you to collaborate and gain innovative ideas from thought leaders at the forefront of improving maternal health outcomes and reducing unnecessary cesareans from a systems, provider and patient perspective.
Be a part of a dynamic movement to lower preventable maternal morality and unnecessary cesarean. You will hear from Dr. Neel Shah on how his team is currently designing and testing a solution to the global pandemic of unnecessary c-sections. You will also hear from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) on the methods they have employed to lower California's maternal mortality by 55%.
The federal government has set a goal of reducing c-section rates for low-risk, first-births to 23.9 percent. During the Symposium you will gain valuable resources and tools which can be used to effectively support your health system or practice to achieve its goals to lower unnecessary cesarean and maternal morbidity.
9:15-10:30am: Lecture Suzanne Spernal MSN, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC
Promoting a Pro-Vaginal Birth Culture on Labor & Delivery - One Hospital's Success Story
11:00-12:00pm: Lecture Christa Sakowski MSN, RN, C-EFM, CLE
California Takes on Cesarean: Initiatives to Lower California's Cesarean Rate
12:00-12:15pm: New Jersey Legislative Updates Jill Wodnick MA, LCCE, CLC, IMH-E(III)
12:15pm-1:30pm: Lunch/Exhibit time
1:45-3:00pm: Lecture Dr. Neel Shah MD, MPP, FACOG
Reducing Avoidable Cesareans - A Systems Approach
3:30-4:30pm: Lecture Lisa Lederer CNM, President Midwives of NJ, LLC The Patient Factor: Helping Women Help Themselves
4:30-5:30pm: Panel Discussion: A Team Approach to Lowering New Jersey’s Cesarean Rate.
5:30pm: Cocktail reception
Suzanne Spernal MSN, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC
Suzanne’s discussion will look at one New Jersey hospital’s journey to reducing their cesarean section rate.
Topics that will be discussed include:
Christa Sakowski MSN, RN, C-EFM, CLE
In order to help clinicians measure the number of low-risk, first-time mothers having a cesarean section, CMQCC developed the Nulliparous, Term, Singleton, Vertex (NTSV) Cesarean Birth Rate quality metric. Data from the California Maternal Data Center demonstrates that there are large variations among the NTSV rates across California hospitals -– from 11% to as high as 77% -- indicating substantial improvement opportunities.
In 2016, CMQCC published the Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans, as well as The Implementation Guide to help hospitals put the recommendations from the evidence-based toolkit into practice. CMQCC is also currently leading an outreach collaborative across hospitals in California to help them lower their NTSV rates to the Healthy People 2020 target of 23.9 percent, and is in the process of developing web-based labor support tools for clinicians.
Benefits of Hospital Participation in the Collaborative:
Participating hospital teams receive training materials, educational webinars, detailed real-time data reports and on-site assistance from experts. Hospitals network with teams across the state that are also participating in this effort.
Other Benefits Include:
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG
Every American should be able to start or grow their family with dignity. This requires systems that deliver care that is supportive, safe, and affordable. Currently, in nearly every social segment and geographic corridor of our country, our systems fail to deliver on these goals reliably--from Trenton, New Jersey to rural Washington. The result is a largely invisible epidemic of avoidable suffering among birthing families. This talk will discuss how we can create better role clarity among those of us best positioned to help, and then redesign our systems of care to ensure every birthing family gets the care they deserve.
1. Articulate a comprehensive set of goals in helping to support and care for birthing families
2. Describe how system engineering principles can improve the reliability, precision, and accuracy of clinical decision making in childbirth
3. Understand the role strategic advocacy to sustain these improvements at scale
Lisa Lederer CNM, President Midwives of NJ, LLC
Healthcare workers cannot significantly lower cesarean rates without involving the patients in the process. Women can assume some of the responsibility for the outcomes of their pregnancies when they are asked to share in the decision-making from the start. This individualized care helps pregnant women understand that they are heard and valued which also improves compliance with lifestyle and educational goals.
Many risk factors in pregnancy can be mitigated when proactively managed and birth outcomes can be improved by involving the women and their families in the process. Lisa will discuss the simple tactics her practice has employed to include women in their prenatal care and birth plan to ultimately lower cesarean rates.
Not only was the 2017 Symposium chock full of great information for birth professionals and childbearing families alike, but it was an amazing opportunity to talk and connect with a variety of providers from all over NJ. The event was beautiful, informative, and inspiring- I can’t wait to attend this year.
Britt Sando, CD, LCCE
The 2017 Symposium for Physiologic Birth brought together best practices of research and resources desperately needed for NJ families! What stood out to me were the participants: nurses, nurse managers, lactation professionals, physicians, midwives, childbirth educators and parents participating in this transformative learning. I am looking forward to the 2018 program with great anticipation and excitement for this type of collective impact for improving birth in NJ.
Jill Wodnick, MA, LCCE, CLC, IMH-E®(II)
Our exceptional group of speakers have all called New Jersey their home.
Dr. Neel Shah
Dr. Neel Shah, MD, MPP, FACOG is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at Ariadne Labs. Dr. Shah is listed among the "40 smartest people in health care" by the Becker's Hospital Review, and has been profiled by the New York Times, CNN, and other outlets. His team is currently collaborating with hospitals across the United States, and using methods from design, systems engineering, and management to reduce the epidemic of avoidable c-section.
Christa Sakowski, MSN, RN, C-EFM, CLE, Clinical Lead California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC). Christa has 20 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked in a variety of roles including perinatal nurse, nursing faculty, Certified Nurse Midwife, and nurse education specialist. This has given her the opportunity to work in numerous settings from very low-risk women delivering at home to high-risk women in tertiary care centers. She completed her BSN at The College of New Jersey in Ewing and her MSN at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Christa has experience implementing CMQCC toolkits within a healthcare system and has been involved with CMQCC's collaboratives since 2011. In her role as Clinical Lead, she works directly with hospital teams, mentor nurses, mentor physicians, and the entire CMQCC staff to assess and improve care delivery in the state of California. Christa also engages with the rest of the country as the California nurse representative for the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM) and serving as a resource for the use of CMQCC Toolkits.
Suzanne Spernal, DNP, APN-BC, RNC-OB, CBC, earned her bachelor’s and masters of nursing degree at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and her doctorate in nursing practice at Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J. She has 25 years nursing experience at Monmouth Medical Center and is an advanced practice nurse for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves as the Administrative Director of Women Services. Suzanne is an advocate for improving maternal health with a focus on reducing the cesarean section rate. She has presented on this topic both locally and nationally including the 19th Annual National Patient Safety Congress. Currently, she is co-leading the New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative NTSV reduction initiative working with hospital teams to adopt key practices to promote primary vaginal deliveries.
Lisa Lederer, CNM, President of the Midwives of New Jersey, LLC. Lisa became a Certified Nurse-Midwife in 1994 after attending the University of Medicine and Dentistry’s Midwifery program. She founded The Midwives of New Jersey in October of 2010 with the intention of promoting the growth of Midwifery and Improving Birth Outcomes in New Jersey. Lederer currently leads a practice of 7 Midwives that delivers babies at 2 hospitals, a birth center and patients’ homes. Lisa introduced “Natural Cesarean” to Morristown Medical Center in 2011. The Midwives of New Jersey specialize in facilitating physiologic birth using the Midwifery Model of Care. The practice had an 8% primary cesarean rate and overall cesarean rate of 10% in 2017. Lisa believes that women themselves are a large part of the solution to the Cesarean epidemic. Her practice has focused on individual empowerment and education of their clients which has resulted in their extraordinary birth outcomes in a state that has one of the highest cesarean rates in the country. Her book “Avoiding Cesarean: A Patient Guide” provides detailed information that enables women to navigate the American maternity system with confidence. They will Avoid Unnecessary Cesarean Birth by taking responsibility for the health of their pregnancy and birth.
As a sponsor of the 2018 New Jersey Symposium for Physiologic Birth: Avoiding Cesarean you have the unique opportunity to be a part of the movement toward improving birth outcomes as we bring together thought leaders from across the country that will share strategies, define best practice and collaborate on tools and resources that will help facilitate better neonatal and maternal health outcomes.
Your conference sponsorship allows you to be part of this dynamic environment, elevating your brand via multiple platforms and opportunities and being seen as a leader in helping to address one of the most pressing issues facing maternal and infant health today.
For the organization looking for maximum exposure leading up to and during this year’s Symposium. One (1) New Jersey Speaker Sponsor will have the opportunity to support our exceptional group of speakers who have all called New Jersey their home.
One Cocktail Reception Sponsor will have the opportunity to provide conference goers with a time to connect after the impactful, informative day.
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