Early in March, our perinatal First Breath and My Baby & Me program staff hosted their 2017 Annual Statewide Meeting. First Breath is a program which helps pregnant women quit smoking by training healthcare providers to deliver tobacco cessation counseling. My Baby & Me helps women achieve alcohol-free pregnancies through screenings, education, phone counseling and text message support.
Despite facing some inclement winter weather, more than 65 providers traveled to the Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center in Rothschild, WI to attend the meeting. The theme was “Short-term Change to Life-long success,” featuring several guest speakers and experts of our very own, who presented prenatal care counseling strategies to improve participant outcomes long-term:
Six Ways Participants Irrationally Fail to Choose Wellness – And What You Can Do About It– Dr. John Weaver, Psy. D.
My Baby & Me Survey: Results, Comparisons & Contrasts– Rebecca Diener, Wendy Seegers, MA, LCSW, Julia Sherman
Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the Journey to Becoming More Trauma Informed– Robin Matthies, MSW
Provider Walkabout: Taking Perinatal Tobacco Programming to the Next Level– Kristine Alaniz, MPH
Attendees also received updates about the WWHF perinatal program outcomes and advancements such as including family members and support people in a woman’s effort to quit smoking, increasing postpartum resources, developing Spanish materials, and creating additional educational materials.
We thank all the providers who attended and who are part of making both programs a success! We look forward to the accomplishments of 2017.