Wednesday, July 29 - Saturday, August 1, 2020 | Seattle (Bellevue), WA

Family-Centered Maternity Care Live Course

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Family-Centered Maternity Care

July 29 - August 1, 2020

Seattle (Bellevue), WA
Hyatt Regency Bellevue



Registration Fees

AAFP Member
Early Bird   $895
Standard    $995

New Physician
Early Bird   $845
Standard    $945

Student or Resident
Early Bird   $645
Standard    $745

Allied Health
Early Bird   $895
Standard    $995

Early Bird   $1,195
Standard    $1,295


Early bird ends June 25.

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Worry-free registration: We understand that in light of COVID-19 you may be hesitant to register for an in-person event, so we have updated our cancellation policy. You can cancel your Famiy-Centered Maternity Care registration at any time, for any reason up to the day before the meeting, and we will issue you a full refund of your registration fee. Please note that this modified cancelation policy is subject to change, so book now to secure your worry-free registration. 

Family-Centered Maternity Care offers everything you need to stay current in your practice. Learn the latest information about the common issues you encounter daily, including laboring with an epidural, opioid and THC use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, racial disparities, and more.

Earn Credit

Approved for up to 29 AAFP Prescribed credits - 21 for attending the course and another 8 for participating in optional sessions (additional fees and registration apply).
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Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of common clinical problems seen in maternity care, centered on the family.
  • Construct evidence-based strategies to diagnose and treat common conditions related to maternity care.
  • Prepare plans to address emerging public health topics that patients may present with and address concerns.

Event Schedule

Download the complete schedule(4 page PDF), which includes session times, topics, and faculty.

Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. Hot Breakfast Provided
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Wednesday: 12:00 - 1:15 p.m.Lunch on Your Own 
Wednesday: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.Narrative Medicine and Maternity Care – A Writing Opportunity (non-CME)
Wednesday: 1:00 - 5:15 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday: 6:15 a.m.Hot Breakfast Provided
Thursday: 6:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Thursday: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Thursday: 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Friday: 6:15 a.m.Hot Breakfast Provided
Friday: 6:55 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.General Sessions
Friday: 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch on Your Own
Friday: 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.Optional Sessions*
Saturday : 7:00 a.m.Hot Breakfast Provided
Saturday : 7:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.General Sessions
Saturday : 12:00 p.m.Course Adjourn

*Separate registration and fee required.

How to Add Optional Sessions

Separate registration and fee required to attend an optional session. Seats are limited and are only available to course registrants. Select a session during online registration.

Already registered for the course? You may now edit your registration online to add an optional session. Register now »

Optional Sessions

Cesarean Delivery
(#101) Thursday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or
(#102) Thursday, July 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Define the steps of a cesarean section including evidence-based techniques and strategies to decrease complications and improve outcomes.
  • Summarize strategies for caring for women with higher BMI, adhesions, hemorrhage, and lacerations.
  • Apply techniques of uterine artery ligation and B-Lynch on simulation surgical models.
  • Develop a plan for post-operative management of cesarean delivery patients to improve outcomes.

Management of First Trimester Pregnancy Loss
(#103) Thursday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or
(#104) Thursday, July 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

  • Apply evidence-based criteria to determine fetal viability in the first trimester.
  • Compare the risks and benefits of expectant management vs. medical or surgical intervention.
  • Provide medical management of miscarriage using vaginal or buccal misoprostol.
  • Describe and demonstrate the use of manual vacuum aspiration for early pregnancy loss.

Osteopathic Treatment of Common Discomforts in Pregnancy (Basic)
(#105) Thursday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Describe the use of manipulative medicine technique to treat pregnancy related low back and pelvic pain through a case-based approach.
  • Demonstrate manipulative techniques to assist women with the discomforts of pregnancy.

Repair of Vaginal, Cervical and Basic 1st/2nd Degree Perineal Lacerations
(#106) Thursday, July 30, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Describe the anatomy of the perineum and pelvic floor
  • Determine the indications for episiotomy and demonstrate proper and safe technique.
  • Demonstrate proper technique for repair of simple 2nd degree, peri-urethral lacerations, including instrument handling, suturing, and tying.
  • Identify lacerations that extend into the rectal sphincter and mucosa.
  • Explain strategies to temporize bleeding and patient discomfort until a consultant arrives.

Repair of Vaginal, Cervical and Basic 3rd/4th Degree Perineal Lacerations
(#107) Thursday, July 30, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. or
(#112) Friday, July 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Describe the anatomy of the perineum and pelvic floor
  • Explain the long-term consequences of occult and apparent pelvic floor trauma.
  • Demonstrate repair strategies for rectal mucosa and rectal sphincter lacerations.
  • Demonstrate repair techniques for complex/stellate vaginal and cervical lacerations.

Breastfeeding Difficulties
(#108) Friday, July 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or
(#109) Friday, July 31, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. 

  • Identify barriers and challenges to exclusively breastfeeding and strategies to address them.
  • Educate patients on techniques to increase milk supply including hand expression before or after breastfeeding or pumping.
  • Promote and support exclusive breastfeeding through 6 months
  • Provide education to families about milk supply and demand.

Non-Pharmacologic Approaches for Pain Management in Labor
(#110) Friday, July 31, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. or
(#111) Friday, July 31, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

  • Compare and contrast the psycho-emotional and basic physiologic measures that provide comfort and reduce maternal stress for women in labor.
  • Identify evidence-based strategies for reducing pain and stress for women in labor
  • Integrate at least four non-pharmacologic techniques for reducing maternal stress and pain in labor into practice.
  • Practice and demonstrate non-pharmacologic approaches to pain management.

Invited Faculty

Lee T. Dresang, MD, Chair, Madison, WI
Joseph Breuner, MD, Seattle, WA
Sara G. Shields, MD, FAAFP, Northborough, MA
Johanna Warren, MD, Portland, OR
Sarah James, DO, FACOFP, Fitchburg, WI
Enrique Leon, MD, Tacoma, WA
Susanna Magee, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Cumberland, RI
Portia Jones, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Yakima, WA
Kerry Watrin, MD, Tacoma, WA
Rebecca Benko, MD, FAAFP, Tacoma, WA
Eileen Conaway, DO, IBCLC, Orlando, FL
Ronni Hayon, MD, Madison, WI
Penny Simkin, PT, Seattle, WA
Martha Carlough, MD, Chapel Hill, NC
Lawrence Leeman, MD, MPH, Los Ranchos, NM
Kelly McKittrick, CNM, ARNP, IBCLC, Seattle, WA
Jessica Taylor Goldstein, MD, FAAFP, Pacific Grove, CA
Tanya Elizabeth Anim, MD, FAAFP, Fort Myers, FL
Danielle Jones, Leawood, KS


Topics are subject to change.

  • Amniotic Fluid Embolism
  • Professional Practice Gap
  • Boobie Traps: The Evidence-Based Care of the Breastfeeding Patient
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy
  • Common Questions from Pregnant Women
  • Diabetes Mellitus in Pregnancy
  • Infections (Chorioamnionitis, Endometritis, Neonatal Sepsis, Coronavirus)
  • Labor Induction vs Expectant Management
  • Obesity in Pregnancy
  • Opioid-THC Use in Pregnancy
  • Osteopathy in Pregnancy
  • Osteopathy in Pregnancy (Advanced Concepts) – intended for DOs and others experienced in OMT
  • Peripartum Care in the LGBTQ Community
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage
  • Preconception & Interconception Care
  • Preeclampsia
  • Prematurity
  • Prenatal Care
  • Rural Maternity Care
  • Safety and Efficacy of Medications in Pregnancy
  • Striving for Birth Equity: Eliminating Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Non-CME Poster Session

A non-CME poster session will be held on Friday, July 31, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. A limited number of posters will be accepted. Submission of posters is due June 8, 2020.

For more information, contact Karla Krause,

Narrative Medicine and Maternity Care - A Writing Opportunity

A non-CME session for creative writing will be featured at the course. You are invited to submit your writings to Karla Krause, and please put "Narrative Medicine" in the subject line. Six submissions will be chosen to be read by the author over the lunch break session (lunch not provided) in the main ballroom on Wednesday, July 29. You are encouraged to submit your work and show the creative side of Family-Centered Maternity Care.

Hotel Information

The following hotel is available for accommodations during this course. Contact the hotel to make arrangements for your stay. Making reservations early is encouraged.

Hyatt Regency Bellevue(
900 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Phone: (877) 803-7534

$205 Single/Double Occupancy
+ current tax rate

Accommodation Cutoff -- June 25, 2020

Hyatt Regency Bellevue

With its small-town charm and big city convenience, Bellevue, Washington is a modern oasis with endless activities and cultural attractions sprinkled in. Located 9 miles from downtown Seattle, Hyatt Regency Bellevue connects you to world-class shopping, dining, entertainment, and major corporate headquarters. 

Note: A limited number of rooms at the discounted group rate are available for conference registrants on a first-come, first-served basis, and cannot be guaranteed by the AAFP. 

About Hotel Reservations
  • Reservations made after June 25, 2020, will be confirmed on a rate and space available basis. The conference rate is not guaranteed for reservations made after this date.
  • Hyatt Regency Bellevue guarantees reservation by credit card. Credit cards will not be charged prior to arrival date.
  • Credit cards will not be charged prior to arrival date.
  • Reservations may be cancelled without charge up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Complimentary internet access in guest rooms
  • Complimentary access to fitness center
  • Discounted self-parking to $15 per day per car

CME Credit Statement

This Live activity, Family-Centered Maternity Care, with a beginning date of July 29, 2020, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 29 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The AAFP is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Family Physicians designates this Live activity for a maximum of 29 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME activities approved for AAFP credit are recognized by the AOA as equivalent to AOA Category 2 credit.
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Can't attend live?


The self-study option offers you to learn on your schedule. Learn more »