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Advanced EFM and Maternal Complications: Optimizing Outcomes Across Levels of Care

Conference Brochure

To download a copy of the conference brochure, click this link: PPG Presents SP15 Brochure.


Space is limited.  Register online at

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$295.00 per participant.  If you bring three friends, your conference is Free!

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend the conference, please notify PPG by March 31st and your tuition will be reimbursed minus a $25.00 administrative fee.

Contact Hours

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing CE Provider # 16446 for 10 contact hours.

Conference meets requirements for 10 hours of CME II.

Conference Location

The Grand Ballroom of the historic Ashland Springs Hotel in beautiful downtown Ashland, Oregon, just off the I-5 at the south end of the Rogue Valley and 15 miles north of the Oregon-California border. Located in the heart of the Siskiyou National Forrest and the famous Rogue River Valley, the area enjoys beautiful scenery, plenty of sunshine and crisp cool mornings. Ashland Springs Hotel is just steps from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lithia Park, Oregon Cabaret Theatre, galleries, wine shops, restaurants, and boutique shopping. Other nearby Southern Oregon attractions include the burgeoning winery industry, world-famous Rogue River and Crater Lake National Park.

Menu: We know many of you are used to so-so conference food. Hopefully, this menu will enhance your conferencing experience and accommodate any dietary restrictions  Menu

 Program Description

Our spring conference aims to connect the knowledge that the healthy laboring woman requires minimal intervention, beyond support of the process, and the reality that complications and co-morbidities may require higher levels of care.

Program Objectives

  1. Attending to the emotional and safety needs of all childbearing women and their fetuses

  2. Optimizing health outcomes by "place of birth" from home, to community hospital, to level three tertiary center

  3. Immersion of advanced fetal monitoring in case study

  4. Recognition and management of severe maternal morbidity

Conference Syllabus

Conference handouts available here after April 1, 2015.



 0800: Morning Coffee/ Continental Breakfast/Registration

0830: Welcome Kathleen Lagana RN, PCNS, PhD

 0845: Keynote: Home Birth  Linda Glenn, RN, CNM, MPH, PMHNP

1000: Morning Break/Vendors

1015: Diabetes I and Pregnancy Darla Maier, RNC-OB, MN

1115-1215: Preterm Labor Kathleen Lagana RN, PCNS, PhD

 1215-1315: Gourmet Buffet Lunch Grand Ballroom/Garden

1315-1630:Case Studies in Advanced EFM and Legal Risk  Atkisson, Hesse, Lagana, & Maier

 Case 1:  Abruption: Diagnosis and Timely Management

 Case 2: Signal Ambiguity: The High Cost of Confusion

 Case 3: Maternal Death at Home after Discharge: Root Cause Analysis

 Case 4: Chorioamnionitis and Neonatal Cooling: The Good News

 1630: Closing Remarks

1645: No Host Cocktails and Networking



 0700: Morning Yoga

 0730: Registration/Coffee & Croissants

 0800: Welcome Kathleen Lagana RN, PCNS, PhD

 0815: ST Analysis for EFM: Improving Outcomes Conrad Chao, MD

0915: Obesity in Pregnancy: Impact of Surgery Michael Davis, MD

1015: Morning Break Brunch

 1030: The Heart of the Childbearing Woman: Cardiac Considerations Leona Logue, MSN, RNC, CNS

 1130: Closing Remarks: Modern Cultural Competence Jen Atkisson, RNC-OB, MSN, IBCLC

 1215: Adjournment


Linda Glenn, RN, CNM., MPH., PMHNP is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and began practicing midwifery in 1975 in the deep South. Linda helped write and successfully pass legislation establishing a separate licensing board for nurse-midwives. She also developed the first birth center in North Carolina as well as establishing a safe system of care for patients choosing home birth. In 1985, Linda moved to Gallup, New Mexico, and worked with Native American populations. At the University of New Mexico School of Nursing to establish a BSN completion program for Registered Nurses and steered the nursing program into its first accreditation review by the National League for Nurses. Linda arrived in Portland in 1988 to pursue post-graduate education and has remained here since, working as a faculty midwife at a local teaching hospital and attending home births. She provides mental health services to her clients as well.

Dr. Conrad Chao, MD is the former Professor and Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology and OB/GYN Residency Program Director at the University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Medical Education Program. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then served his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and completed fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Physiology at Loma Linda University and Oregon Health Sciences University. He served on the faculty of Columbia University, where he directed a unit of the NIH MFM Network, and UCLA, conducting research in basic neuroscience focusing on the control of cerebral blood flow and metabolism in the fetus as well as serving as Director of the Perinatal Clinical Research Center and the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Training Program at Harbor-UCLA. Subsequently he joined the Maternal and Fetal Medicine faculty at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose and served as the director of Maternal and Fetal Medicine at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix.   In Fresno, he pioneered the first utilization of the STAN monitor in clinical obstetrical practice in the United States at Community Regional Medical Center in 2007. His most current research examines health disparities in Hmong women, clinical evaluation of new technologies for the diagnosis of ruptured membranes, and the integration of new modalities for the diagnosis of preterm labor.

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.

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.

Michael Davis, MD is a graduate of California Polytechnic & the University of California Davis Medical Schoo.l He completed his residency at Oregon Health and Science University, where he won awards for teaching students and residents. He is proficient in Spanish, and performed volunteer work in Mexico and Guatemala in OB/GYN. His philosophy of medicine is: the better a patient understands her body & its physiology, the better she can maintain or improve her own health. To that end, he strives to inform his patients about their health habits and choices.

Leona Logue, MSN, RNC-OB, CNS is the Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. She is the AWHONN Portland Metro Chapter President and serves on multiple collaborative committees regarding regional perinatal health care delivery. Leona received her RN in 1975 and her MSN in 1985.


Ashland Springs Hotel – historic hotel located in downtown Ashland and the venue for our conference.

To reserve your room call toll free line 888-795-4545

 Ashland Hills Hotel & Suites – newly renovated hotel located 3 miles from downtown, overlooking the mountains.

To reserve your room call toll free line 855-482-8310

 Lithia Springs Resort – healing mineral springs resort located 3 miles north from downtown Ashland.

To reserve your room call 800-482-7128

Getting There

Flying In

Medford International Airport is 10 miles north of Ashland. Rental cars are available there by reservation.

Traveling from the North

Take I-5 Exit 19, turn right and continue to first light. Turn left onto Highway 99, which turns into N. Main Street. Continue approximately 2 miles to downtown. The hotel is on the corner of First St. and East Main St. Follow brown “Historical Landmark” signs to the Ashland Springs Hotel.

 Traveling from the South

Take I-5 Exit 11 onto Hwy 99 which turns into Siskiyou Blvd. Continue 5 miles to downtown. Turn left on First Street. Follow brown “Historical Landmark” signs to the Ashland Springs Hotel.

Things to Do:

Ashland is a great place to get away. Donna “Gigi” LaRossa, the concierge at Ashland Springs Hotel is happy to connect you with art, tax-free shopping, dining, recreation, theatre, and much, much more! Gigi’s direct line is 541-631-2011.

The Waterstone Spa is located on the Ashland Springs hotel premises.  They have graciously offered 20% off all spa treatments for conference attendees. Visit their website at To make an appointment call:  (541)488-0325.  Space is limited.