On March 6th, Isis Parenting is hosting their second annual “Connections in Care” clinical panel discussion, Promoting Family-Centered Care from Preconception to Preschool. The event will feature distinguished thought leaders and practitioners in a wide variety of specialties that intersect at the crossroads of family-centered practice, policies, research and initiatives.
According to the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, this category of care is defined as:
“An approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care that is grounded in mutually beneficial partnerships among health care providers, patients, and families. It redefines the relationships in health care. Patient- and family-centered practitioners recognize the vital role that families play in ensuring the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and family members of all ages. They acknowledge that emotional, social, and developmental support are integral components of health care. They promote the health and well-being of individuals and families and restore dignity and control to them. Patient- and family-centered care is an approach to health care that shapes policies, programs, facility design, and staff day-to-day interactions. It leads to better health outcomes, wiser allocation of resources and greater patient and family satisfaction.”
An eclectic group of panelists will describe their participation in innovative projects and developments helping to improve outcomes for mothers, babies and families and enhance the experiences of pregnancy, birth and parenting. During this expert-led conversation, we will learn about positive approaches to family-focused care, including the benefits of CenteringPregnancy group prenatal care, the option for family-centered Cesarean birth at a local hospital, steps to achieving optimal breastfeeding support for patients through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and the multiple effects of maternal sleep, nutrition and mental health on fetal well-being.
The discussion will be moderated by Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts Medical Center, Errol Norwitz, MD, PhD. Panelists include:
- Ghada Bourjeily, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Brown University and Director of the Women’s Asthma Program and the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at the Women’s Medicine Collaborative at Miriam Hospital in Providence
- Karen A. Conley, Associate Chief Nurse for the Connors Center for Women and Newborns at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Mary Foley, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Lactation Program Coordinator for Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
- Claudia M. Gold, Pediatrician and Director of the Early Childhood Social-Emotional Health program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- Sarbattama Sen, Neonatologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine
- Colleen Senterfitt, Certified Nurse-Midwife and Chief Operating Officer for the Centering Healthcare Institute
Heather Coughlin, CEO of Isis Parenting says, “Isis is honored to host this discussion and help foster an important dialogue between care providers, educators, researchers and specialists that may not otherwise exist. Our passionate team of expert-trained educators and associates looks forward to continuing our work with our clinical and industry partners to improve health and wellness outcomes for expecting and new parents.”
The event is “invitation only” but you can join the discussion on Twitter using hashtag #IsisCIC. We will also continue the conversation throughout the year here at www.connectionsincare.com.