Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety

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Designed for attorneys, clinical nurse midwives, registered nurses, risk managers, nurse practitioners, perinatologists, and obstetricians – this is the conference for you!

Patient safety and the obstetric team's central role in providing quality care have been on the forefront of national and international health care discussions for many years. Advances in care for perinatal and neonatal patients have reduced the frequency of morbidity and mortality. However, perinatal litigation is increasing and the U.S. is ranked higher than many countries for frequency of perinatal morbidity and mortality!

Clinical challenges remain in many areas such as interpretation of fetal heart rate patterns and neonatal response to treatment of necrotizing enterocolitis. Clinical documentation has increasingly been key in the outcome of litigation. "If it wasn't written, was it done"? Defending perinatal brain injury and catastrophic cases and jury comprehension of important clinical issues are crucial to the outcome of litigation.

Plan now to join your colleagues for this outstanding educational experience and a well-deserved R&R from your busy practice.

Washington, DC

Discover Washington, DC... a unique blend of politics, diplomacy and history.

Tour the impressive Capitol Building and the original Supreme Court Chambers, where landmark decisions are made. You won’t want to miss the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and Martin Luther King Memorial to get a glimpse into the lives of the great men who formed the basic concepts of our democracy.

Highlights of the 2013 Conferences:

  • Updates in current trends in obstetric and neonatal litigation.
  • A number of "Hot Topics", issues you deal with in your clinical and legal practice, addressed in a variety of teaching formats, including didactic sessions, faculty panels, interactive case studies, and participation as jury members in an interactive case review.
  • Network with clinical and legal colleagues regarding challenging cases and discover new resources to take you beyond the constraints of your own experiences.
  • Relax and rejuvenate yourself in the exciting cities of Las Vegas and Washington DC!
  • Conference Objectives:

    • List several techniques for explaining complex perinatal cases to a jury.
    • Discuss clinical management procedures which reduce maternal morbidity and mortality.
    • List key planning and risk reduction strategies for high risk obstetric patients.
    • Evaluate the issues around warning the patient of potential complications.

    Who should attend?

    • Attorneys
    • Clinical Nurse-Midwives
    • Nurse Practitioners
    • Obstetricians
    • Perinatologists
    • Registered Nurses
    • Residents
    • Risk Manager
    • Legal Nurse Consultants 


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    Los Gatos, CA

    Conference Program


    7:00 a.m.

    Conference Registration, Continental Breakfast, Exhibits79%


    Litigation Hot Spots
    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD


    When High Risk OB Becomes Critical Care: What is Your Plan?
    Nan H. Troiano, MSN, RN


    Refreshment Break, Exhibits


    Perinatal Depression and Hypoxic Ischemic Injury
    Steven A. Ringer, MD, PhD


    Questions and Discussion
    Faculty Panel

    12:00 p.m.

    Lunch on Your Own


    Everyone is a Risk Manager: Risk Assessment and Risk Mitigation Techniques We All Can Use
    Mayson Planck, JD, CPHRM


    Preventing Maternal Mortality: What Can We Do?
    Suzanne McMurtry Baird,
    MSN, RN, DNP


    Refreshment Break, Exhibits


    Help! There's A 15 Year Old Giving Birth in the Lobby! Practical Tips Around EMTALA, Consent, and Reporting Issues in Perinatology
    Mayson Planck, JD, CPHRM


    Questions and Discussion
     Faculty Panel




    Washington By Night Tour

    7:00 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast, Exhibits


    #11 Obstetric Hemorrhage and DIC: Critical Lessons
    Nan H. Troiano, MSN, RN

    #12 What Perinatal Providers (Perinatologists, Obstetricians, Nurse Midwives, and Labor and Delivery Nurses) Can Do to Reduce Their Liability
    David R. Lucchese, Esq.


    Refreshment Break, Session Change, Exhibits


    #21 Infection Leading to Sepsis: Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Issues
    Suzanne McMurtry Baird,
    MSN, RN, DNP

    #22 The Digital Courtroom: Litigation Strategies to Explain Complex Cases to a Jury
    Richard B. Schwamm, Esq.


    Session Change, Exhibits


    #31 T he Minefield of NEC: What It Is, Causes, and Legal Implications
    Steven A. Ringer, MD, PhD

    #32 Defending Perinatal Brain Injury and Catastrophic Perinatal Cases
    David R. Lucchese, Esq.

    12:15 p.m.

    Lunch on Your Own


    Two Lawyers and a 'Trial' of Labor - A Jury's Perspective A review of a case, alleged improper fetal monitoring, including summary of plaintiff and defendant arguments. It will be the jury's (attendees) decision to go to trial or settle.
    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD
    Richard B. Schwamm, Esq.


    Refreshment Break


    Two Lawyers and a 'Trial' of Labor – A Jury's Perspective (continued)
    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD
    Richard B. Schwamm, Esq.



    7:00 a.m.

    Continental Breakfast


    Maternal Mortality Case Studies
    Suzanne McMurtry Baird,
    MSN, RN, DNP


    Warning the Patient: Do We Have to Do This, Too?
    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD


    Refreshment Break


    Courtroom Strategies: Determining Timing of Brain Injury in Obstetric Emergencies
    Richard B. Schwamm, Esq.


    The Defendant L&D RN and OB MD: Deposition Strategies
    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD

    12:00 p.m.

    Questions and Discussion
    Faculty Panel



    Conference Faculty

    Suzanne McMurtry Baird,
    MSN, RN, DNP
    Assistant Director,
    Clinical Practice
    Women's Services
    Texas Children's Hospital
    Houston, Texas

    Jeffrey P. Phelan, MD, JD
    Conference Chair
    Chairman & Director of
    Quality Assurance
    Department of Obstetrics
    and Gynecology
    Citrus Valley Medical Center
    West Covina, California
    President & Director
    of Clinical Research
    Childbirth Injury Prevention
    City of Industry, California

    David R. Lucchese, Esq.
    Galloway, Lucchese,
    Everson & Picchi
    Walnut Creek, California

    Steven A. Ringer, MD, PhD
    Chief, Newborn Medicine
    Brigham and Women's
    Associate Professor,
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Gilbert I. Martin, MD
    Editor Emeritus: Journal
    of Perinatology
    Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    Loma Linda University
    Medical Center
    Pediatrix Medical Group
    Director Emeritus, Neonatal
    Intensive Care Unit
    Citrus Valley Medical Center
    West Covina, California

    Richard B. Schwamm, Esq.
    Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm
    Attorneys at Law
    Orlando, Florida

    Mayson Planck, JD, CPHRM
    Risk Management Consultant
    Houston, Texas

    Nan H. Troiano, MSN, RN
    Director, Women's and
    Infants' Services
    Sibley Memorial Hospital
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    Washington, DC


    A Certificate of Attendance will be available online after you complete the course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.


    Las Vegas

    Washington D.C.

    Nurses and Nurse Practitioners1

    17.75 ANCC/21.3 CA BRN contact hours

    17.25/20.7 CA BRN contact hours


    17.75 hours

    17.25 hours


    17.75 credits

    17.25 credits

    1Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

    Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes.

    2The Continuing Education Committee of the American College of Nurse-Midwives grants reciprocity status to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for Category 1 offerings, providing the program is relevant to nurse-midwifery. Nurse-Midwives may report up to the listed hours of credit.

    3Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ (Las Vegas) and 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 credits

    (D.C.). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Application for cognate credits has been filed with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Determination of credit is pending.

    Lawyers: CLE requirements vary by state. Contact your local state bar association to determine if this program meets their continuing education requirements.


    Washington DC

    The nation's capital combines a unique blend of politics, diplomacy, and history. While in DC, make sure to tour world-famous historic buildings, memorials, and museums, which include the impressive Capitol Building, National Archives, the Library of Congress, Jefferson Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History, and much more!

    For more information, contact the Washington, DC Convention & Visitors Association at (202) 789-7000 or online at

    The Nation's capital city is full of history, culture and excitement. No trip to DC is complete without taking in some of these landmarks:

    Area Activities

    • Visit one of the world's most iconic buildings – the White House.
    • Stretching nine blocks, the National Mall contains an extensive collection of historic monuments and museums.
    • Built as a tribute to George Washington, the Washington Monument towers over 555 feet above the National Mall.
    • Honoring the 16th President, the Lincoln Memorial is home to many historic milestones and events.

    Washington By Night Tour
    October 24 • 5:30 p.m. - 10:45 p.m.

    When the sun goes down, Washington lights up with the splendor of the lighted dome of the Capitol, the White House and the spectacular Washington Monument. Your tour will include visits to the Lincoln, Vietnam, Korean War,  Nurses, and World War II Memorials, as well as the exterior of the White House. You will stop at Union Station for dinner on your own, and have time to appreciate this grand train station and its specialty shops and boutiques.

    Join your colleagues for an evening appreciating the beauty and splendor of our nation's capital. Complete details regarding cost and reservations will be included with your Confirmation Letter sent via email. If a minimum number of reservations are not received, this event is subject to cancellation.


    Hotel Accommodations

    This conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham
    2500 Calvert Street, Washington, DC 20008.

    Rates: $229 single; $249 double
    Rates are per room and subject to prevailing state and local taxes.

    Special group rates are in effect from October 23 to October 27. Hotel room block release date is September 17, 2013.

    Reservations must include a first night's deposit.

    Join Omni Select ( to receive additional benefits while staying at this hotel.

    For room reservations call (800) 843-6664, 24 hours daily. For additional hotel information, call the Omni Shoreham at (202) 234-0700.

    Reserve your room online here.

    Are you looking for a roommate for the conference? Click here to search.

    Travel Discounts

    Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit, insert OFFER CODE ZPCB367092. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

    Southwest Airlines®—Our Birth Injuries Conference Airline

    Beginning on 07/25/2013, Birth Injuries attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering a 5% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the convention. To receive the discounted rate, simply apply promo code CORPMEETC in the promo code box on the flight selection page of**Book your travel between 07/25 & 10/10 to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts available for travel 10/21 through 10/28.)

    Take advantage of the discounted rates and book now!

    By flying Southwest Airlines, as a Birth Injuries traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

    • 25% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to & from the convention with Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. (To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit
    • No baggage fees (first two bags)
    • No change or cancellation fees
    • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
    • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

    To take advantage of this offer, click on this link:

     **Promo code T&C’s

    Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000260.


    Birth Injuries, The Law & Perinatal Safety
    Conference Information

    Registrations must include full tuition payment to be accepted. Registrations faxed without payment will not  be processed. Conference communications are sent via email. When registering please provide attendee's best email address as some emails are filtered and blocked. Since conference registration and hotel rooms are limited, early registration is advised.


    Nurses, CNM / Administrators / Residents*

    Physicians / Attorneys

    Early Registration**



    Regular Registration



    *Residents: To qualify, submit facility verification of status with registration.

    ** Early Registration Fee Deadlines

     Payments postmarked or telephone/fax registration made with credit card on/before the dates listed below qualify for the early registration fee.
    Washington, DC - September 12, 2013

    Your tuition includes continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, Certificate of Attendance and online access to presentation handouts before and after the conference.

    Out of consideration to registrants, children of any age and spouses may not attend the sessions.

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    Attn: Registrar
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    Method of Tuition Payment
    Make payment by check (payable to Contemporary Forums and enclose with Registration Form), Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Purchase Order. A $30 fee is charged for any returned check. Personal checks are NOT accepted at the conference. Purchase Orders must be received with registration by the conference date and include the P.O. number, invoice address, tuition, approval signature, contact name, email address and phone number.

    Group Discounts
    (Mail, fax or call in together. Online registration is not available.)
    Tuition discounts are given to groups of 3 or more registering for the complete Main Conference. To qualify for the group discount, all registration information must be complete for all group members, payment included and forms sent together. If faxing, list all group members on cover sheet. Subtract the discount from the tuition fee. Groups may not be formed after individual registrations are received.

    $25 per person discount for 3 or 4 in a group
    $45 per person discount for 5 or more in a group

    Partial Attendance
    (Online registration is not available.)
    To register, call Contemporary Forums for tuition and CE credit for individual days. Group discounts do not apply. Registrations may not be shared.

    Cancellations may be made by phone or in writing. Cancellations received September 12 for the Washington, DC conference to receive a full tuition refund. Cancellations received after September 12 (DC conference) are assessed a $20 processing fee. No refunds for cancellations received after the conference begins or for "no shows." If this meeting is cancelled for any reason, including labor strikes or acts of God, liability is limited to a full refund of registration fees.

    Cancel on/before September 12 to receive a full refund Program Changes
    Contemporary Forums reserves the right to make necessary changes in speakers, topics or schedule. The most current program can be found on our website.

    Contact Contemporary Forums at (800) 377-7707, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) or email:

    If you require special arrangements at this conference, call (800) 377-7707, at least 30 days prior to the conference.

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    • 1500+ contact hours of CE credit available – most sessions include NP’s Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive  Authority
    • Hundreds of topics recorded from over 20 live conferences
    • Earn CE credit immediately by completing online exams after reviewing the multimedia materials
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    The Online CE Library is continually updated with new topics and features the latest evidence-based education in women's health, psychiatric nursing, contraception, pediatric and adolescent care, neonatal care, OB/GYN, critical care, nurse education, pharmacology, patient safety and more! Create your free account today at

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    Provide your staff with high-quality continuing education and give your budget a break with an Online CE Library Group Access Account. Organizations of any size can create customized CE programs for staff education and development. Ideal for:

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    To request group account pricing and details, visit or call (925) 361-4811.

    Attendee Information

    The Birth Injuries, the Law and Perinatal Safety being held October 24 - 26, 2013, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, Washington DC 20008, (202) 234-0700.

    CONFERENCE CHECK-IN is Thursday, October 24, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.  To avoid the rush that can occur on the first morning of the conference, we recommend you arrive early to allow adequate time for the check-in process, enjoy your continental breakfast and be ready for the start of the conference promptly at 8:00 a.m. The location of the Registration Desk will be listed on the hotel's event schedule.

    SESSIONS begin promptly as listed in the conference brochure and are open only to registered participants. Out of consideration to others, infants, children and spouses are not permitted in the meeting rooms or refreshment break areas.

    SPEAKER HANDOUTS: Approximately ten days before the conference begins you will receive an email with instructions to review, download or print the handout materials posted by the faculty on the Contemporary Forums website at The slides will not be printed in the Conference Guide you receive on site. These slides will be replaced approximately two weeks after the conference with the slides actually presented at the conference. Please add to your Contacts and/or Safe Senders list since emails may be filtered as SPAM or blocked.

    ONLINE CE  LIBRARY: Contemporary Forums' Online CE Library is your on-demand resource for quality continuing education and offers over 1000 multimedia presentations recorded from our live conferences. For more information or details about group access discounts, visit or call 925-361-4811

    OMNI SHOREMAN HOTEL offers a special conference rate which is available until September 17, 2013, or until the room block is filled. We recommend that you make your reservation early by calling Omni Reservations at
    800-843-6664. Be sure to say you are participating in the Birth Injuries conference. To reserve your room online, please visit our website at for details. After the release date of September 17, call the
    hotel directly at 202-234-0700 to check for room availability.

    JOIN THE CONFERENCE CONVERSATION: Receive live conference updates, learn about special exhibitor promotions, and communicate with faculty and fellow participants. Follow Birth Injuries, The Law and Perinatal Safety on Twitter: #BirthInjuries13. Include #BirthInjuries13 in your Tweets and post your feedback on sessions, ask questions, and so much more.  Search #BirthInjuries13 to view the current conversation and conference updates as they occur on site. Follow Contemporary Forums at

    CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE:  Participants will complete online speaker evaluations for each session attended and an overall evaluation in order to obtain CE credit and print the Certificate of Attendance. Completion of this process is the participant's responsibility and must be completed within 30 days after the conference ends by going to our website at Detailed instructions will be emailed to you and also available in the Conference Guide you receive on site.

    WASHINGTON BY NIGHT TOUR is offered on Thursday evening, October 24, from 5:30 - 10:45 p.m. The tour is open  to conference participants and their  guests.  Click here for a detailed tour description and order form. Complete the tour form and mail it with your payment (checks only) to Heritage Tours, LTD.  The reservation deadline is October 10, 2013, and no refunds will be given after this date. If seats are available, tickets will be sold at the conference.

    DISCOUNTED AIR FARES: Contemporary Forums has made a special discount agreement with United Airlines. To obtain these special conference fares, go online to and enter the Account Code ZPCB367092. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. Since seats are limited, make your reservation early to ensure the best flights and schedule.

    HERTZ RENT-A-CAR is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference, as well as one week before and after. To obtain the special rates, call Hertz at 800-654-2240. Please refer to Contemporary Forums and the conference discount code CV #03000260.

    TAXI fare to the Omni Shoreham from Dulles International Airport is approximately $60.00. From Reagan
    National Airport, the cost is approximately $20.00. Taxis are available outside the baggage claim area.

    AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE is provided by SuperShuttle. The one-way fare from Dulles International Airport is $29.00; the fare from Reagan National Airport is $14.00. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. For reservations or information, visit their website at or call 800-258-3826.    Note: Prices are subject to change without notice.

    From Dulles International Airport:   Take the Washington Flyer Coach Service to the West Falls Church Station. From West Falls Church Station, take the Orange line (towards New Carrollton). Transfer to the Red line
    (towards Shady Grove). Exit at Woodley Park/Zoo Station. Metro fares change during peak / off-peak hours; the approximate fare is $1.95 and the trip takes approximately 30 minutes. The hotel is one block from the metro station. At the top of the escalators, cross right onto 24th Street, go left to the end of the block. The Omni Shoreham
    is located diagonally right across Calvert Street.

    From Reagan National Airport: Take the Blue Line (towards Largo Town Center) to the Metro Center Station. Change to the Red Line and follow directions above. Metro fares change during peak / off-peak hours; the approximate fare is $1.95 and the trip takes approximately 30 minutes.

    WASHINGTON FLYER COACH SERVICE will take you non-stop from Dulles International Airport to the West
    Falls Church Metro Station. The bus runs daily approximately every half-hour. The cost is $10.00 one-way or
    $18.00 round-trip. Tickets can be purchased at the Ground Transportation Center on the lower level of the Main Terminal at Dulles. Board the bus at Door 4 of the Arrivals Level of the Main Terminal. For more detailed bus schedules and information, call Washington Flyer at 1-888-927-4359 or visit the website at

    PARKING is available at the Omni Shoreham Hotel by Valet only at $35.00 per day. Prices are subject to change without notice.

    TOURIST INFORMATION is offered by the Washington DC Convention & Visitors Association at (202) 789-
    7000 or online at Temperatures in the Washington, DC area in October are in the 60's during the day with lows in the 40's in the evening. Please note, you might want a light jacket or sweater during the sessions as meeting rooms can be cool.

    QUESTIONS If there is any way that Contemporary Forums can assist you in making arrangements for the conference or if you have any questions at all, call us at 800-377-7707 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Time).

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    Exhibiting at a Contemporary Forums conference will cost-effectively increase your brand and product visibility with your targeted customers. Your resources will be focused on an optimal, attentive, engaged audience.

    Why Exhibit

    • Enhance the profile of your organization by supporting a premier healthcare conference
    • Interact with a target audience of top healthcare specilaists from around the country
    • Create marketing and sales opportunities for both your national affiliates and global operations

    Contact the Contemporary Forums exhibit team today to learn how one of our events can help you achieve your sales and branding objectives.

    We can also provide information on other opportunities, including:

    • Sponsorships
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