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Spring 2016 : Mamatoto: Integrating Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Care

Mamatoto*: Integrating Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Care

*Ma • ma • to • to
1. Mother-baby. 2. a concept that reflects the interrelatedness of the mother-infant dyad.

Program Description

This program will explore integrated maternal-infant care, by examining topics from multiple perspectives in the perinatal continuum, including women who face challenges related to history of trauma, mental health, substance abuse and access to care. The speakers will recommend clinical approaches that foster early maternal attachment that support growth of healthy infants and families.

Conference Brochure

Download here: Spring 16 Brochure



Conference Location

RiverPlace, a Kimpton Hotel

Enjoy this award-winning, boutique hotel with Pacific Northwest charm located on the banks of the beautiful Willamette River and the Waterfront in Downtown Portland.  The RiverPlace boasts waterfront views and luxurious service and just a short walk to Portland's world-class shopping and dining.  Perfect for a girls' weekend away.  For discounted lodging rates, mention PPG. 

Program Objectives

To assist perinatal care providers in:

1.  Recognizing that multi-faceted, integrated and nurturing care of the childbearing woman is foundational to the well-being of infants.

2.  Facilitating physiologic measures and processes during birth that promote maternal and infant health.

3.  Developing and promoting care practices, systems and services that integrate maternal, fetal, and neonatal care which address the complex needs of women with challenging social and medical lives.

4.  Participating in activities that lead to empowered women.


0730: Morning Coffee/Continental Breakfast/Registration

0800: Welcome-What is Mamatoto?

Jennifer Atkisson RNC-OB, MSN, CNL

0830: Keynote-Mamatoto: Expanding the Circle of a Mother's Love: Nurturing childbearing women with life challenges

Dr. Helen Bellanca MD, MPH

1000-1015 Break

1015-1130: Physiologic Birth 

Helen Welch, CNM

1130-1245:  The Newborn and the Human Microbiome: What is it?  How does it impact future health?

Dr. Steve Frese PhD

1245-1330:  Gourmet Buffet Lunch

1330-1445:  Opiate Addiction in Pregnancy

Katie Thornton RN, MSN, CNL

1445-1500 Break

1500-1630: Trauma-Informed Care: Managing the impact of adverse perinatal events

Dr. Amy Stoeber PhD

1630-1730 Closing: The Wisdom of Integrated Maternity Care

Dr. Kathleen Lagana RN, CNS, PhD

1730: Wine Reception


Helen Bellanca MD MPH is the Associate Medical Director for Health Share of Oregon.  She holds a medical degree from Northwestern University and completed family medicine training at OHSU.  She also has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington and is a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow.  Her work centers on improving the system of care for women whose pregnancies occur in the midst of drug addiction, mental health disorders, chaotic life situations and trauma histories.  She also has a strong interest in all aspects of reproductive health, and is a co-creator of the One Key Question initiative which seeks to better integrate pregnancy intention screening into primary care, with the aim of reducing unintended pregnancies.

Jennifer Atkisson RNC-OB MSN CNL is a nurse leader and clinical educator for Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center. She earned an MSN from the University of Portland.  She is a founding partner at Pacific Perinatal Group.

Steven Frese PhD is a microbiologist with Evolve Biosystems, Inc. in Davis, CA. He earned his PhD from University o Nebraska, Lincoln and completed postdoctoral research at UC Davis with the Mills Laboratory.  His focus is on the infant microbiome and the effects of breastfeeding on long-term health. 

Kathleen Lagana RN CNS PhD is a professor of nursing at Concordia University College of Health and Human Services. She earned her Perinatal CNS, MSN, and PhD from University of California San Francisco.  As the CEO of Lagana Healthcare Consulting, she consults on perinatal standard of care. 

Amy Stoeber PhD is a child- adolescent psychologist in private practice. She is a professor at Pacific University and serves as a member of the Healthcare Reform Task Force for the Oregon Psychological Association. She earned her PhD from University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Katie Thornton RN MSN CNL is a nursing supervisor at Multnomah County Health Department. As the head of nursing services at CODA, the state's largest methadone clinic, she developed a new standard of care for methadone treatment for expecting women.

Helen Welch CNM practices midwifery at Kaiser Permanente.  She received her training as a midwife in the UK.  She earned her MSN from Case Western Reserve in Ohio. She has had the privilege of supporting women through the process of pregnancy and birth for over thirty years. 

Contact Hours

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing CE Provider #16446 for 7.5 contact hours. This conference also qualifies for 7.5 hours of CME 1.


For reservations at RiverPlace hotel, call (888) 869-3108.  Mention you are attending the PPG spring conference for a discounted rate. 


RiverPlace Hotel is conveniently located along the Willamette River in downtown Portland for easy access to the entire region and only two blocks from the Portland Streetcar stop at SW 1st & Harrison via MAX Light Rail at SW 5th & Montgomery (Green or Yellow Line), for traversing the city and beyond. Portland International Airport (PDX) is just 20-30 minutes from RiverPlace Hotel, depending on traffic, and cab fare is about $30-$35 before tip.

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