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2019 Conference: Navigating Challenges in OB & Neonatal Care

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Kirk Alumni Center

217 Golf Course Road

Middlebury, VT 05753

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Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP

Trauma-informed Neuroprotection in the NICU; Touching Lives, Impacting Lifetimes and for the closing talk: Bearing Witness in the NICU and Beyond: Trauma-informed Care for the Clinician

  • Mary Coughlin is a global leader in neonatal nursing and has pioneered the concept of trauma-informed, neuroprotective care as a biologically relevant paradigm for hospitalized infants, families and professionals.A seasoned staff nurse, charge nurse, neonatal nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, coach and mentor, Ms. Coughlin has over 35 years of nursing experience beginning with her tenure in the US Air Force Nurse Corp and culminating with her current role as President and Founder of Caring Essentials Collaborative. Ms. Coughlin is a published author with credits that include the 2011 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Age-Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant for NANN; Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-Informed, Age-Appropriate Care and her most recent book entitled: Trauma-informed Care in the NICU: Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Transdisciplinary Neonatal Clinicians endorsed by NANN and recognized by the National Association of Neonatal Therapists and the Council for International Neonatal Nurses as the definitive evidence-based best practices in neuroprotective, developmentally supportive care for hospitalized infants and families. Mary lives in Boston MA with her husband Dan and their dog George.

Mary Lussier, BSN, RN, IBCLC

Factors Affecting Mother’s Milk Feedings in Preterm Infants

  • Mary is the Coordinator of Lactation Services at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center in Hartford. She is a founding member of the Connecticut Human Milk Research Center. The Center is a multi-disciplinary research team with the primary research objective to further understand the relationship between human milk intake in premature newborns and their growth, development and health status. Mary has authored and coauthored over 10 papers in peer reviewed journals and often presents both regionally and nationally on her research as well as the many human milk initiatives she is involved in.

Rachel D. Wilson, LMSW, MPH

Trauma Informed Care in the Medical Field: How Our Approach to Patient Care Can Empower Healing and Recovery

  • Rachel is a consultant trainer at the Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care at the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work in Buffalo, NY and the Prevention Educator at the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center in Albany, NY. Rachel has worked as an advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for the past 10 years and is passionate about building communities where safety is the norm. Using a public health and trauma-informed approach, Rachel works to facilitate conversations within communities and organizations about approaches to individual care and how systems can help or hinder people’s ability to access the assistance they need to live their fullest and healthiest lives.

Linda Havey, DNP, RNC-OB

Providing Excellent Care of the Pregnant Obese Patient: Risks and Realities for both Nurse and Patient

  • Linda Havey is the Manager at the Birth Center at UVMHN: Porter Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Vermont Technical College (RN to BSN). Linda’s areas of interest are: staff engagement, feedback giving, and care of the incidentally obese (just happens to be true, not a reason for the care). DNP Capstone project: “Education increases confidence and comfort in giving feedback in the Nursing Preceptor Role.” Linda is also mother of 15 year old daughters and a 10 year old son – the reasons she does “all the things."


Panel Discussion:

Following the above presentations, we will hold a panel discussion to discuss challenges in OB & Neonatal Care in our region.


Cancellations/Refunds: Cancellation required 72 hours in advance for refund (25% fee assessed for cancellation). Email vtawhonn@gmail.com to request a cancellation. No refund will be given within 72 hours of conference.

If you would like to stay overnight, rooms can be reserved (while available, rooms fill fast!) at a special discounted conference rate of $129 plus tax at Middlebury Inn (802-388-4961) or $109 plus tax at Marriott Courtyard (802-388-7600). Use Code: AWHONN for discounted rate when calling to reserve. This special rate is available for the nights of 4/3 and 4/4 only. The group room rate is based on availability and will be valid until March 3, 2019. Please book early if you are planning to stay!


  • This event is made possible in part by an AWHONN educational grant supported by Abbott Nutrition
  • Industry support provided by: Obix, Prolacta, and Cottonwood Kids, Mother's Milk Bank Northeast, TZ Medical, Stanley Healthcare, & Turtle Tub
  • Support provided by: Danish Woolen Delights and Patty Woods

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