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Conference Schedule


Pre-Conference Workshops and Meetings

Wednesday -October 4, 2017

8:00AM - 8:00PM


Full Day Excursion: Resurrection Bay Cruise and Alaska Sea Life Center

8:30AM - 7:00PM

How to Start a Birth Center Workshop (day 1 of 2)


Thursday - October 5, 2017

8:30AM - 12:00PM


Pre-Conference Workshop - NRP TrainingPre-registration required

8:30AM - 5:00PM


How to Start a Birth Center Workshop (day 2 of 2)

9:00AM - 11:00AM


Pre-Conference Workshop - Getting Started with the PDRJennifer Wright, MA and Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM 

1:00PM - 5:00PM


Pre-Conference Workshop - Getting the Most from your PDR Data - Jennifer Wright, MA and Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM

1:00PM - 4:00PM


Birth Center Directors Network Meeting/Reception
Registration required ($40 Members / $60 Non-Members)

4:00PM - 6:00PM


Small group meetings (committee, chapter, etc.)


AABC Birth Institute

Thursday -October 5, 2017

5:00PM - 6:00PM

First Timers Orientation

5:00PM - 7:00PM


Frontier Nursing University Reception

7:00PM - 8:30PM


Welcome Celebration: Parade of Families and Awards Presentation

8:30PM -10:00PM


Welcome Reception & Exhibit Hall Opening


Friday -October 6, 2017

6:30AM - 7:30AM

Morning yoga or meet-up for morning walk

7:00AM - 8:15AM


Networking Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM


Keynote Address - "Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Intergenerational Cycles of Violence, Risk, and Vulnerability" - Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM

9:30AM - 12:00PM


Exhibit Hall Open; Exhibit Hall breaks: 9:30 - 10:00 and 11:30 - 12:00

11:30AM - 12:00PM


Book Signing - Mickey Sperlich

10:00AM - 11:30AM


Clinical Breakout: "Best Practices in Water Birth" - Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM; Tara Elrod, CDM; Amy Johnson-Grass, ND, LN, LM, CPM; and Tammy Witmer, CNM

10:00AM - 11:30AM


Administrative Breakout: "Digital Marketing Works!  Making the Most of Your Marketing Budget" - O'Hara Shipe, MBA

12:00PM - 1:00PM 


Networking Lunch

1:00PM - 3:00PM


Exhibit Hall Open; Dessert in the Exhibit Hall 1:00 - 1:30

Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall 1:00 - 2:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM 


Committee meetings

1:00PM - 2:00PM


Legislative Forum - hosted by the Government Affairs Committee

2:00PM - 3:00PM


Open Forum

3:15PM - 5:15PM 


Clinical Breakout: "Emergency Drills - Best Practices"

- Maternal: Postpartum Hemorrhage - Tammy Witmer, CNM, MSN, WHNP-BC, NCMP and Elizabeth Bary, MSN, CNM

- Newborn: Assessing newborns that are "not normal" - Stacy Brunquist, RNC, MSN, NNP-BC

3:15PM - 5:15PM 


Administrative Breakout: "Ethical and Advanced Billing for Birth Centers" - Marnie Cabezas; Arden Hammel, BA; Coral Slavin, PhD

5:15PM - 6:15PM 


Committee Meetings



Birth Center Tour & Progressive Dinner
Registration required ($50 AABC Members / $65 Non-members)


Saturday - October 7, 2017

6:30AM - 7:30AM


Morning yoga or meet-up for morning walk

8:00AM - 10:15AM


AABC Business Meeting of Members (continental breakfast served)

9:00AM - 12:00PM



Exhibit Hall Open; Exhibit Hall break 10:15 - 11:00AM

10:15AM - 11:00AM


Book Signing - Linda Cole & Melissa Avery

11:00AM - 12:00PM


General Session: The Iceberg Theory of Communication - V. Rev. Michael Oleksa, ThD

12:00PM - 1:00PM 


Networking Lunch

12:00PM - 2:00PM 


AABC Foundation Board Meeting

1:00PM - 2:00PM


Exhibit Hall Open; Dessert in Exhibit Hall 1:00 - 2:15PM

Poster Presentations in the Exhibit Hall 1:00 - 2:00PM

1:00PM - 2:00PM 


Committee Meetings

2:15PM - 3:45PM


Clinical Breakout: "Adverse Childhood Experiences 101 & Trauma-informed Care for Midwives" - Laura Norton-Cruz, LMSW and Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM

2:15PM - 3:45PM 


Administrative Breakout: "Women's Health Care in Uncertain Political Times" - Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM; Laura Faye Gephart, MD; Christine Haas, MS; Heike Hornsby, LM, CPM; Alice Taylor, CNM, NP, MPH

4:00PM - 5:30PM 


Clinical Breakout: "Risk Management and Risk Criteria: What's the Evidence?" - Owen R. Bell, MD; Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM; Barbara Norton, CNM, ANP; Kim Pekin, BBA, CPM; Dave Pulley, MSM-RMI, CPCU, RPLU

4:00PM - 5:30PM


Administrative Breakout: "Open vs Closed Staff Models: Benefits and Challenges" - Dana Brown, CDM, CPM; Paula Pelletier-Butler, MSM, LM, CPM; Susan Sherwood, LM, CPM, ICCE, CD; Coral Slavin, DHEd

7:00PM - 11:00PM 


2017 Foundation Gala to Grow Birth Centers - All Aboard!


Sunday - October 8, 2017

6:30AM - 7:30AM


Morning yoga or meet-up for morning walk

7:00AM - 8:15AM


Networking Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM


General Session: "Shared Decision-Making" - Hermine Hayes Klein, JD

9:45AM - 10:45AM


General Session: Research Panel - Jill Alliman, DNP, CNM; Susan Stapleton, DNP, CNM; Nancy Niemczyk, PhD, CNM; and Diana Jolles, PhD, CNM

11:00AM - 12:30PM


Clinical Breakout: "Urogynecology Across the Lifespan" - Laura Gephart, MD and Melissa Sundberg, PT, DPT

11:00AM - 12:30PM


Administrative Breakout: "Communicating the Value of Working in a Birth Center" - Brianna Bennett, MBA; Erica Beisinger, MBA; Madi Nolan, CPM; and Moira Tannenbaum, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, RNC-LRN, LCCE

12:45PM - 2:15PM 


Closing Session (luncheon): "System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine" - Neel Shah, MD, MPP

2:15PM - 3:15PM 


Committee Meetings

2:30PM - 4:30PM 


Foundation Board Meeting II

2:30PM - 6:00PM


How to Connect Your Birth Center to the Insurance Industry Payers and Purchasers: Stories and Advice from the Field

The Industry Relations Committee presents a hands-on workshop.

2:30PM - 6:00PM


Breastfeeding Symposium

2:30PM - 6:00PM 


Half-Day Excursion: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Byron Glacier Trail Hike

6:00PM - 7:00PM 


Meet the Boards Reception


Monday - October 9, 2017

8:00AM - 3:00PM

AABC Board of Directors Meeting

12:30PM - 4:30PM


Half-Day Excursion: Flattop Mountain Hike


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