45th Annual L. Joseph Butterfield Perinatal Conference

Aurora, CO US
September 12, 2024


Hot Topics in Perinatology and Neonatology

Much progress has been made in the care of high-risk pregnant women, critically ill newborns, and families. Still, we have more work to do to ensure the best and safest care for these populations. This year the conference addresses hot topics in a changing landscape surrounding pregnancy, newborns, family, and community.

Target Audience

This inter-professional conference is comprised of nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, respiratory therapists and other perinatal/child health providers practicing in a variety of roles and settings throughout the region.

Learner Outcome 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will report increased knowledge and intent to change practice influencing care for pregnant women and newborns.


We are grateful for the financial support from the Butterfield Family.

Additional Information

Course Contact: 
Ray Cuellar, ray.cuellar@childrenscolorado.org, 720-777-6101
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 7.25 Attendance
  • 7.25 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/12/2024 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
09/12/2024 - 5:30pm MDT


Thursday, September 12, 2024 

7:30amBreakfast & Check-in
7:50L. Joseph Butterfield Story 
8:00AI in Perinatology
James S. Barry, MD, MBA, FAAP 
9:00CO Healthcare Legislation Advocacy: How to Get Involved
Mavis Mesi, DNP, MSN, RN
10:15LGBTQ+ Considerations in the Perinatology Space 
Andrew Miller 
11:15Child Care Connections: Long Term Premie Follow Up
Allison Dempsey, PhD
1:00Stretch Break by Fitness with Natilia
1:30Updates on Fetal Surgery/Intervention
Nicholas Behrendt, MD
2:30Post-Roe Landscape: Navigating Abortion Bans
Leilah Zahedi-Spung, MD
Deborah L. Center, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC
4:45Wrap Up & Evaluation
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Street
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

The conference will take place on the 2nd Floor of the Medical Education Conference Center, Mt. Yale at Children's Hospital Colorado. Those who are attending virtually will receive a Zoom link prior to the event.

Parking Information

CHCO team member should park in their assigned parking locations. Guest to the hospital may park in Lot 10 just East of the hospital on Victor Street.


James S. Barry, MD, MBA, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology
Medical Director, University of Colorado Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Nicholas Behrendt, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine | Fetal Surgery
Associate Professor
University of Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado Fetal Care Center

Deborah L. Center, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, CTA-CC
Chief Program Officer
Executive Coach
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence

Allison Dempsey, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry-Other CI Services
University of Colorado
Pediatric Mental Health Institute
Children’s Hospital Colorado

Mavis Mesi, DNP, MSN, RN
Nursing Faculty Manager
Nightingale College     

Andrew Miller. MA (He/They)
Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Leilah Zahedi-Spung, MD
University of Colorado
Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine
Division of Complex Family Planning

Nursing: Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. This educational offering for 7.25 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Other: A general certificate of attendance will be provided for all other participants.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

Planners, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Available Credit

  • 7.25 Attendance
  • 7.25 NCPD

The 45th Annual L. Joseph Butterfield Perinatal Conference will be held at the Children’s Hospital Colorado – Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. This is a great opportunity to network with nurses, advanced practice providers, physicians, respiratory therapists and other maternal/child health providers practicing in a variety of roles and settings throughout the region. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Exhibitor Fee

An exhibit booth for this event is $250 for the day. 

This includes a registration for the conference, a table, a tablecloth, a chair, and meals at the event. Space is available on a first come basis and display table measures 5 x 2 feet. Each exhibitor is allowed one space only.

There is a discounted rate for non-profit organizations, so please reach out for further details.

Exhibitor Registration

If you would like to exhibit please complete the Exhibitor Reply Form.


If you have any questions or need a Children's Hospital Colorado W9 form please reach out:
Ray Cuellar, 720-777-76101, ray.cuellar@childrenscolorado.org


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Cancelation Policy

No refunds will be granted for non-attendance, although you may send a substitute. The Planning Committee reserves the right to alter the agenda or cancel the conference in the event of an unforeseen circumstance, or if the minimum registration is not attained by August 15, 2024.