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  • Learn how to detect patients at risk of preterm birth.
  • Obtain nursing education credits through the March of Dimes.
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Prematurity Prevention Conference 2015

The March of Dimes is pleased to announce that the Prematurity Prevention Conference 2015: Quality improvement, evidence and practice will take place on November 17 and 18, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City, Virginia.

What are the Conference goals?

The Conference 2015 goals are to:

  1. Enhance prematurity prevention efforts in the United States through the sharing of information about the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions, programs, policies and other activities to prevent premature births
  2. Disseminate findings on evidence-based practices, programs, and policies, and share tools and resources that can be used to prevent prematurity  
  3. Engage stakeholders to participate in the effort to achieve the goal of reducing U.S. premature births to 5.5 percent of all live births by 2030

What are the Conference learning objectives?

At the completion of the Conference, the participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the problem of premature birth and theories of the causes of premature birth
  2. Examine strategies for prevention of prematurity in various settings, including state, clinical and community
  3. Describe a number of existing programs addressing the problem of premature birth analyzing the strengths and challenges each presents
  4. Plan how to implement a prematurity prevention program appropriate to address the needs in one’s own community and achieve a reduction in prematurity in this country

Which organizations are working with the March of Dimes?

The March of Dimes is organizing the conference in collaboration with:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) 
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 
  • American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) 
  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) 
  • Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) 
  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) 
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 
  • Division of Reproductive Health of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)  

How can you get more information about the conference?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the March of Dimes offer professional education on preterm labor and birth?

Yes. The March of Dimes Compendium on Preterm Birth is an online curriculum for health professionals about how to detect patients at risk for early delivery and assess behaviors that trigger premature birth. We also offer grand rounds and nursing education modules that address preterm labor and birth.

Does the March of Dimes support grand rounds?

Yes. The March of Dimes grand rounds program provides continuing education for perinatal health care providers on topics relevant to the March of Dimes mission: prevention of infant mortality, birth defects and preterm birth. Grand rounds strengthen the relationship between local March of Dimes chapters and the medical, nursing and public health communities. For more information, contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

What continuing education opportunities do you offer for perinatal nurses?

Nurses can earn continuing education credits through March of Dimes print and online materials. Topics include cultural competence, preterm labor and birth, breastfeeding, obstetrical emergencies, abuse during pregnancy, infertility, diabetes in pregnancy, genetics and perinatal loss. The March of Dimes has provider status through the New York State Nurses Association and the California Board of Registered Nursing. For more information, visit our nursing education Web site.

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