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PPG Presents Perinatal Topics

Program Description

Perinatal Topics will explore current trends, standards of care, and emerging evidence regarding the nursing care of childbearing women and their infants.


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This conference is being offered free of charge as a service to the perinatal/neonatal community

Cancellation Policy

In you are unable to attend, please notify PPG within 48 hours

Conference Syllabus

Download the available handouts here:  PPG Fall Conference Syllabus and Notes


Dr. Kathleen Lagana, RN, PCNS, PhD is the owner of Lagana Healthcare Consulting, where she provides continuing education and consultation on perinatal/neonatal nursing standards of care. She clinically supervises BSN student in maternal/Infant nursing. Her special interests are healthcare access, complications of pregnancy and intrapartum, patient safety and perinatal ethics,

Darla Maier, RNC-OB, MN has been in the field of perinatal nursing for 19 years practicing as a labor and delivery nurse.  As an educator, she is a skilled nursing staff developer and has served as a childbirth educator and clinical faculty in community/maternal-child nursing at the Baccalaureate level. Her special interests areglobal healthcare needs and the empowerment of women.

Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD did his undergraduate training in Spanish and Anthropology at The Ohio State University, and remained there for medical school. In 2002, he and his wife relocated to Portland, where he did his residency training in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. In 2007, he joined The Oregon Clinic, the largest multispecialty clinic in Oregon. His clinical interest is helping babies with breastfeeding difficulties.

Jennifer Atkisson RNC-OB, MSN, IBCLC is a perinatal/neonatal nurse who has practiced as a staff nurse, charge nurse, unit educator, Clinical Nurse Leader and nurse consultant. Her special interests are fetal/neonatal safety and culturally competent care for vulnerable populations.

Judie Hesse, RNC-OB, BSN, LNC, C-EFM is a labor and delivery nurse, legal nurse consultant, and AWHONN EFM instructor. She has special interests in obstetrical emergencies, fetal/neonatal safety, and the empowerment of nurses to advocate for the safe and effective health care.

Dr. Barbara O’Malley Floyd, RN, CNM, DNP is Professor of Nursing at Concordia University, with more than 40 years of experience in maternal-child health, nursemidwifery, public health, and nursing education. She currently teaches obstetric & pediatric nursing and nursing leadership. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of Portland in 2011, and volunteers her nursing, midwifery and education skills in Haiti working to educate Haitian midwives.


0800: Morning Coffee/ Registration

0830: Trends in Maternal/Neonatal Health: How are we doing?
Dr. Kathleen Lagana RN PCNS PhD

0930: Maternal Anxiety: Implications for Practice
Darla Maier, RNC-OB, MN

1030: Break

1045: The Impact of Tongue Tie on Breast Feeding
Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, MD

1200: No Host Lunch
Concordia Cafeteria

1300: Oxytocin – More Than You Wanted to Know
Jennifer Atkisson, RN, MSN, IBCLC

1400: Intrauterine Resuscitation Revisited
Judie Hesse, RNC-OB, BSN, LNC, C-EFM

1445: Break

1500: Midwifery Volunteers After the Earthquake in Haiti
Dr. Barbara O’Malley Floyd, CNM, DNP

1600: Q & A Discussion
Faculty Panel
Conference Evaluation
Raffle Drawing

1630: Adjourned