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HMHB 2020

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Innovation and equity: The foundation to quality perinatal care in 2020

This conference is hosted by Perinatal Services BC, a part of the Provincial Health Services Authority.  It is an exciting meeting of the minds; 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 innovative clinical best practices across the continuum, from preconception to postpartum and newborn care.  The patient voice and experience and equitable care will be themes in this conference of hot topics – an event to engage healthcare professionals from a wide range of disciplines and equip them with the latest evidence and tools to promote the health of mothers and babies.  The format will include plenaries, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and networking opportunities.  Don't miss out on this stimulating event!

Learning Objectives:

1. Reflect on five new advances across the continuum of care from pre-conception to postpartum that will impact equitable clinical practice for women and/or newborns.

2. Analyze current surveillance strategies and describe system improvements in perinatal services that are relevant to improving maternal/fetal and newborn equitable outcomes.

3. Identify 3 ways in which partnering with patients and their families drives meaningful change in maternal and newborn clinical practice and enhances the overall patient experience.

4. Integrate knowledge learned by engaging in dialogue with other health care professionals from a range of disciplines.

Registration Methods
  • Online: This secure and fast online registration is available for Visa and MasterCard holders.
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    • Local/International: +1-604-827-3112 
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Payment Options
  • By Cheque: Send the registration form with a cheque to:

    Interprofessional Continuing Education, UBC
    Rm.105 – 2194 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3

  • Alternative Payment Methods: Mail or fax complete registration form along with one of the following:
    • Signed purchase order (PO);
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    • Signed cheque requisition form (ChReq)
Registration Rates
Regular Rate (after Jan 17, 2020)


Early Bird (before/On Jan 17, 2020)


Single Day


Student Rate *




Reception Guest


All rates are quoted in CAD, and include 5% GST. The conference registration fee includes: certificate of attendance, two breakfasts, two lunches, and coffee/tea breaks.

Refund/Transfer & Cancellation Policy
There will be a $50 cancellation fee until the end of the Early Bird deadline (January 17, 2020). After that there will be a $100 charge for up to two weeks (February 7, 2020) prior to the conference (all fees incl. taxes). Two weeks or less there will be no refund.

If you are unable to attend the conference, you are welcome to send a colleague in your place. There will be no fee to make this change up to January 17, 2020, provided you notify us via phone or email. Substitution requests must come from the original registrant (or the administrator who arranged for the registration) and include the original registrant’s name, the amount paid, plus the substitute’s attendee’s email, full name, city and affiliation. Substitution requests received after this date will incur a $75 processing fee.
Warren Bell

BA, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP(LM), Past Founding President, CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment); Founding President, WA:TER (Wetland Alliance: The Ecological Response); Rural Preceptor, University of British Columbia, Salmon Arm, BC.

Born and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Warren Bell has been a family physician for over 40 years, having graduated from McGill Medical School in 1974, and completed a residency there in 1976.
For 4 decades he has been concerned about and involved in issues of social development and the environment, as well as the peace and anti-nuclear movement, global health and development (with an emphasis on the role of multinationals — especially drug companies — and patents), and the integration of healing modalities of all kinds. He has written and spoken in many settings on these and related issues, and participated in a number of projects both locally and nationally.

Among other leadership roles, he is past founding president of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and past president of the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of B.C.

He lives and practises in Salmon Arm, a small town in south-central B.C., integrating conventional and complementary remedies, as well as practising insight-oriented psychotherapy.

Nathalie Charpak
MD, Scientific Coordinator, KMC Centers of Excellence; Founding Member, Senior Researcher and Director, Kangaroo Foundation; Attending Pediatrician, Kangaroo Mother Care Program, San Ignacio University Hospital, Bogotá, Columbia

Dr. Charpak received her M.D. from the “Paris Sud” University and her paediatrician diploma from “Rene Descartes” University in Paris, France. She migrated in 1986 to Colombia where she validated her title as Paediatrician and began in 1989 to work on the evaluation of the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Method. She is now a Colombian citizen. With several colleagues she founded in 1994 the Kangaroo Foundation, an NGO devoted to research, teaching, training and direct medical care related to KMC for premature and low birth weight infant.

The Kangaroo Foundation has conducted large clinical trials on KMC and has been actively disseminating KMC predominantly in low and middle-income countries in Latin America, South East Asia, India, Africa and Eastern Europe. In 1996 in Trieste, Italy she was amongst the group of international researchers, physicians and nurses who created the International Kangaroo Network -INK- an international alliance devoted to collaborating, enhancing and disseminating the KMC Method.

Dr. Charpak continues to work as an attending paediatrician in the KMC Program and amongst her research interest are integrative methods for summarizing and placing into action what is known about KMC in the form of an evidence-based practice. Her main research interest is exploring the long-term effects of KMC in adolescents and young adults that were low birth infants exposed or not exposed to KMC during the neonatal period.

Linda Dix-Cooper
Environmental Health Scientist, Health Protection, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

Linda Dix-Cooper’s areas of expertise include air quality, child neurodevelopment, maternal-child biomonitoring and exposure assessment for chemicals in consumer products. She completed her BA in Cultural Psychology at Yale University and her graduate studies in Global Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Originally from Surrey, BC, Linda has led various environment and child health research projects in Canada, the US, India and Guatemala and authored various scientific publications and policy documents. Previously, she worked at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Neurology, the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health at UC Berkeley, the US Institute of Medicine at the National Academies, BC Centre for Disease Control Environmental Health Services, and BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital Neonatal Program.

Evelyn George
Registered Midwife, Vancouver, BC

Evelyn George is a Nbissing Anishinaabe Registered Midwife currently on leave from clinical practice. Evelyn’s current work is centred in responding to the needs of Indigenous communities and Indigenous midwives, and creating inroads where possible to support the return of birth and midwifery. Evelyn works as the Partnership Development Coordinator and is a past Co-Chair for the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, Indigenous Lead for the Midwives Association of BC, and Indigenous Student Coordinator for the UBC Midwifery Program.

Michael C. Klein
MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAAP (Neonatal/Perinatal), FCPS, Emeritus Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia; Senior Scientist Emeritus, BC Children’s Hospital Research Institue, Vancouver, BC

Dr. Klein is best known for his RCT of episiotomy, demonstrating that it caused the very trauma that it was supposed to prevent, which is credited with contributing to a large drop in routine episiotomy use and a concurrent fall in rectal trauma. He teaches at UBC in family practice and midwifery and is on the editorial board of BIRTH.

He was head of a McGill teaching Centre and Department of Family Medicine at a McGill teaching hospital in Montreal for 17 years and Head of the Department of Family Practice at Children’s and Women’s in Vancouver for 10 years.

He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, The Award for Lifetime Contributions to Primary Care Research from the North American Primary Care Research Group, Family Physician Researcher of the Year from the College of Family Physicians of Canada, The Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Practice Research from the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He is the author of “Dissident Doctor—catching babies and challenging the medical status quo.

He and his wife Bonnie emigrated from the US to Canada in 1967 because he refused to be a military physician during the Vietnam War. His son Seth and daughter Naomi were born and work in Canada. Bonnie is a disabled film-maker, writer and disability rights activist.

Erna Snelgrove-Clarke

PhD, RN, Vice Dean and Director, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON

Dr. Snelgrove-Clarke is a registered nurse with 33 years of perinatal clinical experience. Erna graduated from Memorial University with a BN, Dalhousie University with her MN, and McGill University with her PhD. Her program of research focuses on the identification of successful strategies for implementing evidence in maternal newborn and women’s health settings with a goal to change health care provider behavior and to improve patient outcomes. Erna is exploring the transfer of knowledge through mixed methodologies, concentrating on the relationships of consumers, health care professionals, organizations, and decision-makers. She currently works with large interdisciplinary healthcare and consumer teams to implement evidence supporting practice change in areas such as second stage of labour management, exclusive breastfeeding, obesity, urogynecology, and post operative recovery. Additional areas of research and practice interest include practice development and person centred care. Erna currently works at Queen’s University as the Vice Dean, Health Sciences and Director, School of Nursing.  Erna passionately maintains a clinical practice in labour and delivery. In addition, her recent Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) salary award will enable her to spend a significant portion of time supporting health care providers to embed research into clinical practice.

Ylva Thernström Blomqvist
PhD, RN, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Uppsala University Children’s Hospital; Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

Dr. Thernström Blomqvist became a registered nurse (RN) in 1994, and completed her PhD in medical sciences in 2012 at Uppsala University in Sweden. She is currently responsible for nursing care research, education, and nursing care improvement in the NICU in Uppsala, Sweden. She was formerly Head nurse in the NICU.

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
Founder and Director, The Trauma Stewardship Institute, Seattle, WA, USA

Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder and director of The Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, has worked directly with trauma survivors for more than three decades.

She has worked with groups as diverse as zookeepers and reconstruction workers in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, community organizers and health care providers in Japan, U.S. Air Force pilots, Canadian firefighters, public school teachers, private practice doctors, tiny non-profits, massive state agencies, libraries, the Pentagon, alternative colleges, and Ivy League universities. Much of her work is being invited to assist in the aftermath of community catastrophes–whether they are fatal storms or mass shootings. She has worked locally, nationally, and internationally. Laura is known as a pioneer in the field of trauma exposure.

Laura is on the advisory board of ZGiRLS, an organization that supports young girls in sports. She is a founding member of the International Transformational Resilience Network, which supports the development of capacity to address climate change. Laura also served as an associate producer of the award-winning film A Lot Like You, and was given a Yo! Mama award in recognition of her work as a community-activist mother.

Brochure is now available!


The Hyatt Regency Vancouver

655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC

A special rate of CDN $209.00 (plus applicable taxes) for a standard guest room (single/double) is available for conference delegates. To avoid disappointment, book your accommodation by calling 1.888.421.1442 (North America) or 1.402.592.6464 (International). When calling, please specify that you are booking under the Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies 2020 room block to receive these reduced rates.

You can also book your accommodation online here.


Gold Sponsors
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Silver Contributors

Bronze Contributors

Conference Contributors

Planning Committee

Taslin Janmohamed-Velani | Chair, RN, MN, CNeoN(C), Coordinator, Knowledge Translation, Perinatal Services BC

Ann Pederson, PhD, Interim Executive Director, Perinatal Services BC; Director, Population Health Promotion, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN‎, Provincial Lead, Indigenous Health, Perinatal Services BC

Sarah Coutts, BSN, MPH, RN, IBCLC, Kangaroo Care Program Coordinator, Perinatal Services BC

Katia Despot, Senior Education Manager, Interprofessional Continuing Education, University of British Columbia

Jana Encinger, RN, MSN, Provincial Director, Acute Care, Perinatal Services BC

Sayrin Lalji, MD, FRCSC, Medical Advisor, Maternity, Perinatal Services BC; Perinatologist, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.

Julie MacFarlane, MSc, CCGC, Provincial Lead, Screening Programs, Prenatal Genetic Screening, Newborn Screening, Biliary Atresia, Perinatal Services BC

Charissa Patricelli, MD(AM), CCFP, FCFP, DABAM, Family Medicine Lead, Perinatal Services BC; Medical Director Fir Square, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.

Christina Tonella, MAdEd, RD, Provincial Director, Prevention and Primary Care, Perinatal Services BC.

Abstract Review Committee

Julie MacFarlane | Chair, MSc, CCGC, Provincial Lead, Screening Programs, Prenatal Genetic Screening, Newborn Screening, Biliary Atresia, Perinatal Services BC

Lucy Barney, Statlimx Nation, RN, BSN, MSN‎, Provincial Lead, Indigenous Health, Perinatal Services BC

Taslin Janmohamed-Velani, RN, MN, CNeoN(C), Coordinator, Knowledge Translation, Perinatal Services BC

KS Joseph, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia and the Children’s and Women’s Hospital of British Columbia

Sayrin Lalji, MD, FRCSC, Medical Advisor, Maternity, Perinatal Services BC; Perinatologist, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

Jila Mirlashari, Postdoc fellow, WHRI, Department of OBGYN, UBC; Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS)

Charissa Patricelli, MD(AM), CCFP, FCFP, DABAM, Family Medicine Lead, Perinatal Services BC; Medical Director Fir Square, BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

David Puddicombe, MSc, Epidemiologist, Perinatal Services BC

Jane Wines, RM, MSc, Lead, Clinical Faculty and Placement Support, UBC Midwifery, University of British Columbia

The abstract submission is now closed. Thank you for your submissions.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract maximum length is 250 words

Please allow a minimum of 25% of the presentation time for discussion, and interaction between the presenter(s) and the conference attendees.

Please indicate the primary theme under which your abstract falls:

  • Best Practice/ Quality Improvement
  • New Research
  • Patient Voice
  • Equitable Care

Please indicate the primary theme under which your abstract falls:

  • Preconception Care/ Health
  • Prenatal/Antenatal Care
  • Intapartum/ Postpartum
  • Newborn Health
  • Community/Population Health
  • Acute Care
  • Prevention & Primary Care
  • Substance Use

Accepted lengths and format options:

  • Half Day (3-hour) WORKSHOP
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