Perinatal Care & the Law: Birth of a Lawsuit

Las Vegas, NV • September 19 - 22, 2018

Join us in Las Vegas for the 2018 Perinatal Care & the Law: Birth of a Lawsuit conference, formerly known as Birth Injuries & the Law, combining the hottest topics in the clinical care of the high-risk critically ill obstetric patient and the hot spots in medical malpractice litigation related to obstetrics, perinatal and neonatal claims.

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You’re Invited!

Join us in Las Vegas for the 2018 Perinatal Care & the Law: Birth of a Lawsuit conference, formerly known as Birth Injuries & the Law, combining the hottest topics in the clinical care of the high-risk critically ill obstetric patient and the hot spots in medical malpractice litigation related to obstetrics, perinatal and neonatal claims!

This conference will bring together highly-qualified, renowned medical and legal experts and your colleagues from across the country to discuss an interprofessional approach to managing both the patient and potential legal liability.  The 2018 Perinatal Care & the Law will offer the opportunity to advance your knowledge and take home clinical pearls to share with your colleagues to protect yourself and your team against obstetric and birth injury litigation!

Highlights of the 2018 conference include:

  • Learn strategies to protect your patient and your practice from common clinical pitfalls that result in high-dollar judgments and settlements against providers and hospitals.
  • Focus on review of current guidelines, identify standards of care and strategies to avoid breach, and examine case studies to illustrate the good, the bad and the ugly in obstetric, perinatology and neonatology.
  • Two Preconferences! A morning Preconference, Essential Legal Concepts, and afternoon Preconference, Essential Clinical Concepts, providing overviews of key legal and medical concepts in preparation for the Main Conference.
  • A diverse faculty of physicians, advance practices nurses, attorneys and risk managers and pathologist to advance your knowledge through a variety of learning formats, including didactic lectures, interactive Concurrent Sessions, faculty Q&A panels and lively case study discussions.
  • MORE CHOICES! A choice of 18 Concurrent Sessions covering a wide range of topics, allowing you to tailor your conference experience to meet your personal education goals.
  • New Clinicians are welcome! If you graduated in 2015 or after, you are eligible to receive a significant discount on the Main Conference Tuition.
  • A chance to relax and enjoy all that Las Vegas has to offer!

Conference Co-Chairs
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, MSN, RN
Stephanie R. Martin, DO, FACOG
Adam Snyder, JD

Program Manager
Harjit Sull-Garewal, JD
Contemporary Forums

Conference Objectives

This Conference will enable neonatal clinicians to:

  • Identify clinical management strategies that reduce risk and liability associated with labor and delivery and high-risk obstetric patients.
  • Outline team-based approach to avoid adverse outcomes related to interpretation of EFM, preterm labor, shoulder dystocia, uterine tachysystole and brain injuries.
  • Discuss current and emerging malpractice trends in birth injury litigation.
  • Explain the anatomy of a lawsuit and the roles of the parties, attorneys, expert witnesses, judge and jury.
  • Determine the clinical and legal implications of policies, procedures and protocols to manage the care of critical obstetric patients.

Who Should Attend?

Everyone involved in the care of high-risk newborns including:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Attorneys – Medical Malpractice
  • Case Managers
  • Claims/Risk Manager
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Healthcare Risk Managers
  • Hospital Administrators
  • Hospital General Counsel
  • Neonatal Nurse/Nurse Practitioners
  • Neonatologists
  • Nurse Managers
  • Obstetric Nurses
  • Obstetricians
  • Perinatal Nurses/Nurse
  • Physicians
  • Practitioners
  • Perinatologists
  • Residents
  • YOU!

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, MSN, RN
Conference Co-Chair
Owner & Director of Nursing
Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC
Maternal Quality Improvement Specialist
Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care
Nashville, Tennessee                          

Stephanie R. Martin, DO, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair
Medical Director and Co-owner
Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC
Scottsdale, Arizona

Adam Snyder, JD
Conference Co-Chair
Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym, Ltd.
Chicago, Illinois

Julie Arafeh, RN, MSN
Director of Simulation
Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC
Simulation Specialist
Center for Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education (CAPE)
Palo Alto, California

Steve Brzezinski, JD
Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook
Detroit, Michigan

Rebecca L. Cypher, MSN, PNNP
Perinatal Nurse Practitioner
Chief Nursing Officer, PeriGen
Gig Harbor, Washington

Susan B. Drummond, MSN, RN, C-EFM
Senior Associate in Obstetrics
Department of OB/GYN
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee

Eric C. Eichenwald, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Helen Feltovich, MD, MS
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Intermountain Healthcare
Provo, Utah
Assistant Scientist
Medical Physics
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Michael E. McConnell, JD
System Vice President
Risk Management
Chicago, Illinois

Cindy Parke, RNC, CNM, MSN
Certified Nurse-Midwife
​Educator and Clinician
Chico, California

Richard Schwamm, JD
Senior Partner & Shareholder
Haliczer, Pettis & Schwamm
Attorneys at Law
Orlando, Florida

Harjit Sull-Garewal, JD
Program Manager
Contemporary Forums

Host City: Las Vegas

Dazzling Location                      

Viva Las Vegas!  It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more and constantly evolving -- check out the Lucky Dragon, Vegas’ newest casino on the strip. Dine at restaurants inspired by the world’s greatest collection of chefs--Wolfgang Puck, Guy Fieri, Gordon Ramsey, Bobby Flay and Nobu Matsuhisa , just to name a few. Treat yourself to a world-class show, including a choice of Cirque du Soleil productions, Absinthe, a can't-miss circus-style spectacular, the Blue Man Group or an ever-changing variety of celebrity performers at Caesars Palace, Hard Rock Café, Pearl Concert Theater and T-Mobile Arena. 

The Park, which opened Spring 2016, is an eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment connecting New York New York, the Monte Carlo resort and the new T-Mobile Arena.  The Park offers an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds.  Unique water features and dramatic plantings incorporating a variety of beautiful desert blooms provide unexpected visuals to add to your enjoyment.  Don’t miss the CityCenter complex located in the heart of The Strip, a blend of sleek architecture and public miniparks, including luxury hotels, casinos and Crystals, a three-story retail center.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.  Watch the volcano erupt at the Mirage, don’t miss the rousing pirate battle at Treasure Island, marvel at the dancing waters display at the Bellagio, take a romantic gondola ride through the canals of the Venetian or dine at the top of the Eiffel Tower at Paris.  For a break from The Strip, take a day trip to Hoover Dam where you’ll be impressed with the power of the mighty Colorado River.  You’ll want to take in Las Vegas’ newest attraction, the LINQ Promenade.  This dining, shopping and entertainment complex features a 550 foot observation wheel right in the heart of the Strip.  The views of the Las Vegas valley are spectacular!

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was Caesars Palace, one of the most dazzling and opulent hotels on the Las Vegas strip. From pampering to partying, there’s no end to the list of things to do in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace, where your Las Vegas vacation goes from ordinary to extraordinary. With its spectacular fountains, beautiful landscaping, gleaming marble and magnificent guest room towers, you will truly feel as if you have landed in the lap of luxury at this world-class destination. And Caesars has so much to offer in terms of entertainment … book a show at the spectacular Colosseum Theater, headlining the biggest names in show business, including Cher, Mariah Carey, The Who, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Elton John and Rod Stewart.


Enjoy watching the high rollers or trying your luck in Caesars lively casino. Dance the night away, and spot a celebrity or two, at Omnia (voted Best Night Club in Las Vegas in 2015 and 2016), Caesars trendy “see and be seen” nightclub, overlooking the action of the famed Las Vegas Strip. Rejuvenate the next day at the award-winning Qua Bath & Spa, Caesars retreat for pampering yourself in a tranquil and elegant environment.

Spacious, elegant and stately, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis is a collection of exclusive watering holes, fully-stocked cabanas and palatial sunbathing spots.  Featuring six pools, the Oasis offers a unique and distinctive experience for sun worshippers as well as those who would prefer to make a splash. And you won’t go hungry at Caesars where a culinary adventure awaits, including options ranging from French, Italian, American and Asian cuisines. From celebrity-owned restaurants and a world-class buffet, to upscale dining and casual fare, Caesars offers the finest in Las Vegas restaurants.

“The Shopping Wonder of the World,The Forum Shops are a must-see Caesars Palace shopping destination that includes approximately 160 boutiques representing the biggest names in fashion as well as a variety of well-known restaurants. This unique shopping destination adjoins the hotel and features a dynamic environment of moving classis statuary, where daylight turns to dusk and evening before your very eyes. Caesars is non-stop entertainment!

World-class dining, internationally-known boutiques, award-winning golf courses, savvy nightclubs and European-style spas are calling you to this glittering city, known as “Vegas!”  Join your colleagues for the Perinatal Care & the Law conference  and enjoy all of the fun in the city that never sleeps.  For more information, call the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority at (702) 892-7575 or go online to

Hotel Accommodations

  • The conference will be held at the Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. A limited block of rooms is being held for you and your guests at special group rates which will be in effect, based on room availability, from September 17 to September 22, 2018 for those wishing to extend their stay to enjoy area activities or qualify for discount airfares.
  • Rates: $129 single/double Monday, September 17th to Thursday, September 20th and $169 single/double Friday, September 21st to Saturday, September 22nd
  • To reserve your room online click HERE
  • To obtain the special group rates, make your reservation before August 20, 2018. Rooms may sell out before this date so be sure to make your reservation now.  After the release date, call the hotel as rooms and group rates may no longer be available.
  • contact the hotel regarding cancellation policy. For arrivals after 3 p.m., call the hotel on the day of travel to reconfirm reservations.
  • For additional hotel information, call the hotel at (702) 731-7110.

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit or (800) 426-1122 insert Offer Code ZEFA851558. 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.

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 and reservations, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 or (405) 749-4434, or go online at and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000265. 

What's Vegas without great entertainment? We are pleased to offer exclusive savings for Contemporary Forums attendees on select Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group performances. You can access discounted Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group tickets through the links below. Through these links, discounts will be automatically applied to qualifying seats. There is no need to enter a discount or promo code.

Cirque du Soleil –

Blue Man Group – 

CLICK HERE for qualifying Cirque du Soleil performances. 

In support of improving patient care, Contemporary Forums is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive up to 26.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change



Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Preconference A: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours
Preconference B: 4.25 ANCC/5.1 CA BRN contact hours 
Main Conference: 18 ANCC/21.6 CA BRN contact hours
Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516.(CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes) 

ANCC Certified NPs and CNSs
This course provides a maximum of 5.25 pharmacotherapeutic hours toward the required 25 hours needed for ANCC recertification.

NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Contemporary Forums’ conference sessions have been coded by the National Certification Corporation (NCC) for your convenience.  The NCC Maintenance Codes will be posted at

Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours 
Main Conference: 18 hours
The 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



Pharmacology Credit for Prescriptive Authority
Preconference A: No credit
Preconference B: .5 hour 
Main Conference: 3 hours available
Rx indicates pharmacology content. Because states’ requirements vary, contact your Board of Nursing and certifying agency for the specifics of individual Rx requirements.

Preconference A: 4.25 credits
Preconference B: 4.25 credits
Main Conference: 18 credits
Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 26.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Please call Contemporary Forums regarding continuing medical education credit for neonatologists and pediatricians.Determination of credit is pending.

CLE requirements vary by state.  Contact your State Bar Association to determine if this program meets their continuing education requirements.
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the State Bar of California.
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education.

Case Managers
Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Other Professionals
Preconference A: 4.25 hours
Preconference B: 4.25 hours 
Main Conference: 18 contact hours
You will receive a Certificate of Completion verifying your attendance at this course.  Please comply with the guidelines of the appropriate boards, organizations or agencies in registering your credit.

Joint accreditation is the leading model of interprofessional collaboration that helps improve healthcare through continuing education for the team by the team.


Exhibit with Contemporary Forums and Reach your Target Audience at the Perinatal Care & the Law: Birth of a Lawsuit 

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

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 Registration Information: PERINATAL CARE & THE LAW

Reserve your spot now! Only a $75 refundable deposit necessary. The deposit becomes non-refundable and non-transferable if balance is not paid in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference. To guarantee Early Registration pricing, attendee must make deposit prior to the Early Registration deadline and pay balance in full at least 30 days prior to the start of conference; thereafter, Early Registration pricing will be forfeited. All other cancellation terms apply.

Registrations faxed without deposit or 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.

* Postmarked or phone/fax/online registration and fees received on/before July 25, 2018.
^ Residents: To qualify, submit facility verification of status with registration.
+ New Grads (graduated 2015 or after): To qualify, submit proof of graduation date with registration.

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

Attendance Rules
Registrations may not be shared.  Children of any age and spouses may not attend sessions. Audio recording, video recording and livestreaming of speakers, sessions and/or attendees is strictly prohibited.  Medical information presented at this conference is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.
Register Online, or by Phone, Fax or Mail (Deposit or full payment is required to register)

Register only ONCE, online at, by mail or fax (800) 329-9923, or call (800) 377-7707, Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Pacific Time). Before calling, complete all registration information. 

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. Discounts do not apply to the Preconference or New Grads. 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.

All cancellations will be assessed a $75 processing fee (“Fee”). Cancellations must be made in writing to prior to Conference start date. Only cancellations received at least 30 days from Conference start date are eligible for refund. Attendees may use non-refunded tuition, less the Fee, towards ONE Contemporary Forums conference occurring within 12 months of original conference.   ENTIRE TUITION FORFEITED FOR NO-SHOWS.

Force Majeure
Should this conference be cancelled for any reason, including but not limited to, acts of God, labor strikes, civil unrest, or acts of terrorism, Contemporary Forums’ liability is strictly limited to full refund of registration fees paid.

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, 7 a.m. - 6 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.

Host City: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas!  It’s impossible to resist the excitement of the neon lights, the shrieks of delight from jackpot winners, and the glitz and glamour of the hotels on the strip. A Disneyland for adults? You bet … and Las Vegas is so much more and constantly evolving.


Preconference A: Essential Legal Concepts
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before July 25, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After July 25, 2018)
Preconference B: Essential Clinical Concepts
All Attendees
Early Registration Fee
(On or before July 25, 2018)
Regular Registration Fee
(After July 25, 2018)
Nurses, CNM, Residents, Others Physicians, Attorneys New Graduates
Early Reg. Fee
(On or before July 25, 2018)
$625.00 $725.00 $425.00
Regular Reg. Fee
(After July 25, 2018)
$695.00 $795.00 $425.00