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Minnesota Perinatal Organization conference

The 45th annual Minnesota Perinatal Organization (MPO) conference is Sept. 19-20, 2019. Four Children’s-affiliated speakers are presenting state-of-the-art information on obstetric and newborn care practices.

Here are more details about the conference and you can find the full schedule of events here.

Children’s-affiliated speakers:

Thomas George, MD from Children’s Minnesota neonatology

Topic: Gastroesophageal Reflux in Neonates and Infants

Objectives: Identify signs of neonatal and infant gastroesophageal reflux (GER). Describe the difference between GER and GER disease. Describe effective and ineffective therapies of neonatal and infant GER. 

Tina J Welke, MSW, LICSW from Allina and Elizabeth LaRusso, MD from Allina

Topic: Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders: healthy mothers, healthy communities

Objectives: Describe the impact of perinatal mental illness on women, their families and the community at large. Review approach to engaging women and their families in appropriate treatment. Identify key resources available in the community to help improve the care of women experiencing PMADs.

Tina J Welke, MSW, LICSW from Allina and Elizabeth LaRusso, MD from Allina

Topic: Everything you wanted to know about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) but were afraid to ask

Objectives: Emphasize risk of untreated perinatal depression to women and children. Review assessment of depression in pregnant and postpartum women. Outline approach to treatment of perinatal depression, including medications, non-medication options, and optimal role for each member of health-care team.

Elizabeth A Baldwin, MD, Masters of Clinical Research, from Allina and Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

Topic: Hypertension in Pregnancy

Objectives: Describe how to diagnose, and distinguish between, various hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Review appropriate management of hypertensive urgency in the pregnant patient. Discuss recent changes in best practice management of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.


Education and outreach play an essential link between Children’s Minnesota and healthcare professionals in the region. To request a neonatal or perinatal presenter for your practice, hospital care team or clinical conference contact the Children’s Speakers Bureau, [email protected].

Alexandra Rothstein