Free Webinar: Strong Start For Mothers & Newborns - Reducing Early Elective Deliveries

Science & Sensibility would like to let readers know of another free webinar opportunity that is coming up at the end of the month.  The Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) Innovation Center is offering an hour webinar titled “Strong Start For Mothers & Newborns – Reducing Early Elective Deliveries” for interested professionals who work with expectant mothers.

Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns is an initiative to reduce early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks and to offer enhanced prenatal care to decrease preterm births.

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Leaders in the field of reducing premature births will present information on the importance of reducing early elective deliveries.  They will also discuss how the health of both newborns and mothers can be improved by a reduction in early elective deliveries and share best practices that work toward this goal.  The speakers include representatives from American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), March of Dimes, Health Care Providers and Insurers/Payers.  Success stories will be shared so that programs across the country can work toward reducing early elective births.

The webinar is being held on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 from 3:00- 4:00 PM ET

Please use this link and sign up to register.


Speakers include:

Erin Smith
Patient Care Models Group
CMS Innovation Center

Hal C. Lawrence, MD
Executive Vice President
American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

Scott D. Berns, MD, MPH, FAAP
Senior Vice President & Deputy Medical Director
March of Dimes

Kenneth Brown, MD, MBA, FACOG
Medical Director
Woman’s Hospital (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Kathleen Simpson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist
Mercy Hospital (St. Louis, Missouri)

Vi Naylor
Executive Vice President
Lynne Hall
Quality Improvement Specialist
Georgia Hospital Association

Stephen L. Barlow, MD
Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
SelectHealth (Murray, Utah)

If you have questions or need more information on the Strong Start initiative or registering for this webinar, visit the Strong Start webpage or email us at

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