43rd Annual L. Joseph Butterfield Perinatal Conference

Aurora, CO US
September 9, 2022

How COVID rocked our world from conception and beyond!

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 topics related to COVID and its effects on pregnancy, newborns, family, and community.


PDF icon Butterfield Brouchure.pdf

Target Audience

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

Learning Objectives

  • Explain trends in preterm birth rates in Colorado before and after the stay-at-home COVID-19 restriction enactment.
  • Discuss the prevalence and predictors of COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy among Colorado mothers.
  • Review what we know to date about COVID and pregnancy, including outcomes, vaccination recommendations, treatments, and fetal exposure.
  • Explain how family engagement and parental coping affect health and well-being of high-risk infants and how to address these within inpatient settings.
  • Describe three ideas to create an engaging experience for parents.
  • Understanding and overcoming the challenges from the COVID-19 Pandemic through virtual support and self-care practices for NICU families and staff. 
  • Provide an in-depth meaning of pediatric nurses' experiences responding to the pandemic to inform future practice. 

Learner Outcome 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will self-report evidence-based knowledge, skill and/or practice changes to leadership, healthcare teams, families and/or community partners.


PDF icon Breastfeeding Impacts in the Age of COVID-19.pdf

PDF icon Coming Full Circle - A Former NICU Nurse Turned NICU Mom.pdf

PDF icon Coping with the NICU in a COVID World.pdf

PDF icon COVID and Pregnancy - What Do We Know Now.pdf

PDF icon Impact of COVID-19 on the Colorado Perinatal Population.pdf

PDF icon Promoting Parental Coping and Family Engagement.pdf

PDF icon Strange and Varied Presentations of COVID-19 in the NICU.pdf






Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 8.25 Attendance
  • 8.25 NCPD
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/09/2022 - 8:00am MDT
Event ends: 
09/09/2022 - 5:30pm MDT

Friday, September 9, 2022

7:30am      Welcome - Sign in, technology check

8:00am      Impact of COVID-19 on the Colorado Perinatal Population: Preterm Birth and Vaccination Hesitancy 
                          Stephanie Bourque, MD, MSCS & Susan Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD

9:00am      COVID and pregnancy: What we know now
                          Christina Wood, MD, MS

10:00am     Break

10:15am     Promoting Parental Coping and Family Engagement through Direct Service Delivery in the NICU and Antepartum Units 
                           Allison G. Dempsey, PhD

11:15am     The Strange and Varied Presentations of COVID-19 in the NICU
David Randolph, MD, PhD

12:15pm     Lunch

1:00pm       Coming Full Circle: A Former NICU Nurse Leader Turned NICU Mother
                           Amy Wiford, BSN, RN, NTMNC

2:00pm       Coping with the NICU in a COVID World
                           Sahra Cahoon

3:00pm       Break

3:15pm       Breastfeeding in the Age of COVID
                          Erica Wymore, MD MPH

4:15pm       Insights to the COVID Response in Pediatrics
                          Lindsey Tarasenko, PhD, RN and Nadia Shive, BA, CCRC

5:15pm       Wrap Up, Evaluation

5:30pm       Adjourn

5:30pm       In-Person Networking Session

7:00pm       Wrap Up

Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 E. 16th Street
2nd Floor, Medical Education Conference Center, Mt. Princeton
Aurora, CO 80045
United States


Stephanie Bourque, MD, MSCS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics,
Section of Neonatology University of Colorado School of Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU

Sahra Cahoon
Love for Lily
Executive Director, Founder, and Lily’s Mama

Allison G. Dempsey, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, Connections Program for High-Risk Infants and Families
Director, Perinatal Behavioral Health Pathways Program

Sunah Susan Hwang, MD, MPH, PhD
The Lula O. Lubchenco Chair in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

David Randolph, MD, PhD
Corporate Medical Director
Neonatalogy of the Rocky Mountains

Nadia Shive, BA, CCRC
Professional Research Assistant, University of Colorado
Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing 

Lindsey Marie Tarasenko, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus,
College of Nursing, Nurse Scientist, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Amy Wiford, BSN, RN, NTMNC
Pampers Nurse Specialist 

Cristina Wood, MD MS
Associate Professor Anesthesiology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director Anesthesiology, Colorado Fetal Care Center Program
Director, Obstetric Anesthesiology Fellowship 

Erica M. Wymore, MD MPH
Assistant Professor, Neonatal- Perinatal Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology Children's Hospital Colorado


Nursing: Children’s Hospital Colorado is approved 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 8.25 nursing contact hours is provided by Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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

Available Credit

  • 8.25 Attendance
  • 8.25 NCPD


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