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Healthy Mothers & Healthy Babies Conference

Perinatal Services BC's biennial conference for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns.

This conference is an opportunity for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns to be updated on new research and clinical best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care.​

The conference engages health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. 

The format includes plenaries, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities. 

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending the conference, participants will be able to:

  1. review clinical best practices and new research acquired from researchers, experts, and fellow participants, which will inform the care of pregnant and postpartum women and newborns;
  2. reflect on five new developments across the continuum of care from conception to postpartum that will impact clinical practice;
  3. discuss current surveillance and system improvements in perinatal services that are relevant to improving maternal/fetal and newborn outcomes; and
  4. integrate knowledge learned by engaging in dialogue with other health care professionals from a range of disciplines.

Who Should Attend

The conference will be of interest to all those who are interested in care for pregnant women and their newborns. The interdisciplinary target audience includes but is not limited to:

  • Administrators/Managers/Planners;
  • Dietitians;
  • Doulas;
  • Educators;
  • Lactation Consultants;
  • Midwives;
  • Nurses;
  • Nurse Practitioners;
  • Occupational Therapists;
  • Physical Therapists;
  • Physicians (primary care and specialists);
  • Public (parents, expectant aprents, and family members);
  • Researchers;
  • Respiratory Therapists; and
  • Social Work.


2016 Conference

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

Advances in Clinical Practice and Research Across the Continuum

Perinatal Services BC's second biennial conference Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: Advances in Clinical Practice and Research Across the Continuum was held in Vancouver on March 11-12, 2016.

The conference was an opportunity for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant and postpartum women and their newborns to be updated on new research and clinical best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. 

With over 330 participants, the conference engaged health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration that they can apply in their own practice to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. 

Conference Materials


2014 Conference

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

New Research and Best Practice

Perinatal Services BC's inaugural conference Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: New Research and Best Practice was held in Vancouver on February 21-22, 2014.

The conference was an opportunity for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant women and their newborns to be updated on new research and best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. 

The conference engaged health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. The format included plenaries, breakout sessions, and poster sessions.

Note: The following presentations are posted with speakers' consent. If the session you are looking for is not listed below, it means that the speaker did not allow for his/her presentation to be available online.


February 21, 2014

A1i Public Health Prenatal Programs in Two Health Authorities in BC 

Vanessa Salmons, Joanne Wooldridge


A1ii A First for First Nations Mothers: Perinatal Services from the First Nations Health Authority 
Gerry Kasten, Suzanne Johnson, Rebecca Sovdi


A1iii Prototyping a Seamless Perinatal Transition Team Model in Fraser Health: Lessons Learned
Elizabeth Snow, Michelle Urbina-Beggs, Tamara Van Tent


A2ii Early Identification of Risk and Protective Prenatal and Postnatal Factors Influencing Mother-Infant Attachment 
Deborah Bell, Sonya Vellet


A2iii Development and Pilot Evaluation of a Therapist-assisted Internet Cognitive-behavioural Program for Maternal Depression 
Nicole Pugh


A3ii Women's Experiences with Gestational Diabetes: Implications for Diabetes Prevention Programs
Marilyn Evans


B1ii Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Major Depression in the Perinatal Period 
Deirdre Ryan


B1iii Using Ultrasound to Determine Gestational Age: The New SOGC Guidelines
Kenneth Lim


B2i The BC Healthy Connections Project: A Scientific Evaluation of Nurse-Family Partnership in British Columbia 
Donna Jepsen, Nicole Catherine, Joanne Wooldridge


B2ii Innovation in Addressing the Needs of Women with Perinatal Depression in Public Health: Volunteer Training Program and Support Group in Chinese
Esther Sigurdson, Pat Agon Chen, Radhika Bhagat


B3i Linking Perinatal Care in British Columbia
Leanne Dahlgren


B3ii Validity of Pre-Pregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) Information Derived From a Population-based Perinatal Database
Gillian Frosst


B3iii Characteristics of Women in Robson Group 1, British Columbia 2008/2009 to 2012/2013
Brooke Kinniburgh, Lily Lee


Plenary eHealth Enabled Mother and Baby Centred Care: Trends and Opportunities
Kendall Ho

 

Note: The following presentations are posted with speakers' consent. If the session you are looking for is not listed below, it means that the speaker did not allow for his/her presentation to be available online.‎


February 22, 2014

Plenary Induction of Labour
Dean Leduc


C1ii Improving Community-based Care for Late Pre-term Infants 
Aliyah Mawji, Genevieve Currie


C1iii A Relationship for Life: Understanding and Supporting the Attachment Connection 
Vanessa Lapointe


C2i Comparing CenteringPregnancy® to Standard Prenatal Care plus Prenatal Education
Suzanne Tough, Ingunn Benediktsson


C2iii Meeting Psychosocial Needs in Perinatal Care: Models for Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Hillary McBride, Janelle Kwee, Lori Wolfe


C3ii Baby’s Best Chance: What is the Best Evidence on Inter-pregnancy Intervals and Effective Birth Spacing Techniques?
Dorothy Shaw, Wendy Norman


D1ii Growing into Parenthood: Online Prenatal Classes for Young Parents
Karon Foster


D1iii What is Baby Thinking and Feeling?: Infant Social Emotional Development During the First Few Months of Life
Keren Epstein-Gilboa


D2ii Strategies to Increase Duration of Breastfeeding
Tina Revai


D3i Fetal Scalp Lactate: A Comparison of Two Meters for Point of Care Testing for Fetal Acidemia
Ivy Fernando, Ellen Giesbrecht


Plenary Cesarean Section and Quality in Childbirth
Michael Robson

 

2014 Conference

Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies
New Research and Best Practice

Perinatal Services BC's inaugural conference Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies: New Research and Best Practicewas held in Vancouver on February 21- 22, 2014.

The conference was an opportunity for health care professionals interested in the care of pregnant women and their newborns to be updated on new research and best practices across the continuum of perinatal and newborn care. 

The conference engaged health care professionals from a wide range of disciplines in knowledge transfer and interprofessional collaboration in order to provide the best care possible and ensure healthy mothers and babies. The format included plenaries, breakout sessions, and poster sessions.

Note: The following presentations are posted with speakers' consent. If the session you are looking for is not listed below, it means that the speaker did not allow for his/her presentation to be available online.


February 21, 2014

A1i Public Health Prenatal Programs in Two Health Authorities in BC 
Vanessa Salmons, Joanne Wooldridge


A1ii A First for First Nations Mothers: Perinatal Services from the First Nations Health Authority 
Gerry Kasten, Suzanne Johnson, Rebecca Sovdi


A1iii Prototyping a Seamless Perinatal Transition Team Model in Fraser Health: Lessons Learned
Elizabeth Snow, Michelle Urbina-Beggs, Tamara Van Tent


A2ii Early Identification of Risk and Protective Prenatal and Postnatal Factors Influencing Mother-Infant Attachment 
Deborah Bell, Sonya Vellet


A2iii Development and Pilot Evaluation of a Therapist-assisted Internet Cognitive-behavioural Program for Maternal Depression 
Nicole Pugh


A3ii Women's Experiences with Gestational Diabetes: Implications for Diabetes Prevention Programs
Marilyn Evans


B1ii Best Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Major Depression in the Perinatal Period 
Deirdre Ryan


B1iii Using Ultrasound to Determine Gestational Age: The New SOGC Guidelines
Kenneth Lim


B2i The BC Healthy Connections Project: A Scientific Evaluation of Nurse-Family Partnership in British Columbia 
Donna Jepsen, Nicole Catherine, Joanne Wooldridge


B2ii Innovation in Addressing the Needs of Women with Perinatal Depression in Public Health: Volunteer Training Program and Support Group in Chinese
Esther Sigurdson, Pat Agon Chen, Radhika Bhagat


B3i Linking Perinatal Care in British Columbia
Leanne Dahlgren


B3ii Validity of Pre-Pregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) Information Derived From a Population-based Perinatal Database
Gillian Frosst


B3iii Characteristics of Women in Robson Group 1, British Columbia 2008/2009 to 2012/2013
Brooke Kinniburgh, Lily Lee


Plenary eHealth Enabled Mother and Baby Centred Care: Trends and Opportunities
Kendall Ho

 

Note: The following presentations are posted with speakers' consent. If the session you are looking for is not listed below, it means that the speaker did not allow for his/her presentation to be available online.‎


February 22, 2014

Plenary Induction of Labour
Dean Leduc


C1ii Improving Community-based Care for Late Pre-term Infants 
Aliyah Mawji, Genevieve Currie


C1iii A Relationship for Life: Understanding and Supporting the Attachment Connection 
Vanessa Lapointe


C2i Comparing CenteringPregnancy® to Standard Prenatal Care plus Prenatal Education
Suzanne Tough, Ingunn Benediktsson


C2iii Meeting Psychosocial Needs in Perinatal Care: Models for Multidisciplinary Collaboration
Hillary McBride, Janelle Kwee, Lori Wolfe


C3ii Baby’s Best Chance: What is the Best Evidence on Inter-pregnancy Intervals and Effective Birth Spacing Techniques?
Dorothy Shaw, Wendy Norman


D1ii Growing into Parenthood: Online Prenatal Classes for Young Parents
Karon Foster


D1iii What is Baby Thinking and Feeling?: Infant Social Emotional Development During the First Few Months of Life
Keren Epstein-Gilboa


D2ii Strategies to Increase Duration of Breastfeeding
Tina Revai


D3i Fetal Scalp Lactate: A Comparison of Two Meters for Point of Care Testing for Fetal Acidemia
Ivy Fernando, Ellen Giesbrecht


Plenary Caesarean Section and Quality in Childbirth
Michael Robson

 

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