Born Ready

Born Ready.

a virtual education series

Best practices in fetal, perinatal and neonatal medicine


Delivered by Midwest Fetal Care Center, Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota

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The Mother Baby Center | Delivered by Allina Health and Children's Minnesota | Specialty Services

We are excited to partner with our fetal, perinatal and neonatal medicine experts to share clinical trends, best practices, care management tips, and updates on technological innovations to care for patients experiencing high-risk pregnancies and babies who are born prematurely or with special health care needs.

Series objectives:

  • Identify current treatment and management options for a variety of perinatal, fetal and neonatal conditions.
  • Discuss clinical changes that may alter the clinical care plan for prenatal care and delivery management.
  • Identify common maternal diagnoses that can affect the newborn’s health after birth.
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Saxena Retu, MD

Cardio Obstetrics: A New Niche in Women’s Heart Health

December 8, 2022

Presented by Retu Saxena, MD
Cardiologist

Objectives:

  • Recognize the unique relationship between cardiovascular health and maternal morbidity and mortality.
  • Describe how a CVOB team approach impacts patient care.
  • Explain how adverse pregnancy outcomes impact future cardiovascular disease risk for women.

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Dr. Catherine Bigelow

Updates in Preterm Birth Prevention and Management

November 10, 2022

Presented by Catherine Bigelow, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist

Objectives:

  • Identify risk factors for preterm birth.
  • Review management of spontaneous preterm labor, including strategies to decrease neonatal morbidity.
  • Discuss prevention of recurrent preterm birth.

Please note: Post-event video is not available for this presentation.

Dr. Heidi Thorson

Maternal Genetic Conditions and Pregnancy

October 27, 2022

Presented by Heidi Thorson, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist

Objectives:

  • Describe common maternal genetic conditions.
  • Identify risks to pregnancy due to genetic conditions.
  • Discuss maternal evaluations for pregnancy.

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Ryan Meinen, DO, Neonatologist
Ryan Meinen, DO
Marko Vezmar, MD, Pediatric Cardiologist
Marko Vezmar, MD

Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Infants – What’s New?

September 22, 2022

Presented by Neonatologist Ryan Meinen, DO, and Pediatric Cardiologist Marko Vezmar, MD

Objectives:

  • Highlight trends in PDA management. 
  • Describe new transcatheter PDA closure device in preterm infants. 
  • Discuss potential short and long-term benefits of new transcatheter PDA closure. 

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Suresh Ahanya, MD

Polyhydramnios in pregnancy

August 25, 2022

Presented by Suresh Ahanya, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist

Objectives:

  • Review the etiology of polyhydramnios. 
  • Outline the appropriate evaluation of polyhydramnios. 
  • Discuss the role of new genetic testing in investigating polyhydramnios during pregnancy. 
  • Review the management options available for polyhydramnios.

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Psychotropic medications in pregnancy

July 28, 2022

Presented by Ryan Loftin, MD, FACOG
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist and president of Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, part of Allina Health

Objectives:

  • Discuss why knowledge of psychotropic medications is important.
  • Discuss use of psychotropic medications in pregnancy.
  • Discuss risks of medications.
  • Review benefits of treatment (framework for patient discussion).

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Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome:
Pathophysiology, diagnosis and up-to-date management and outcomes

June 23, 2022

Presented by Saul Snowise, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist and geneticist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, part of Allina Health

Objectives:

  • Describe the risks associated with monochorionic pregnancies.
  • Identify the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment options for twin to twin transfusion syndrome.
  • Discuss the recommended screening protocols for all monochorionic twins.

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Donald Wothe, MD

Care for Moms with High Body Mass Index

May 26, 2022

Presented by Donald D. Wothe, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist at Minnesota Perinatal Physicians

Objectives:

  • Explain why BMI is a big deal.
  • Discuss the most important aspects of surgical delivery of the obese gravida.
  • Identify the special risks of COVID-19 for the obese gravida.

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Amber Volk

genetic counseling, screening and testing

April 21, 2022

Presented by Amber Volk, MS, MA, LGC

Objectives:

  • Describe genetic counseling and its role in the perinatal clinic.
  • Discuss advances in prenatal screening and diagnostic testing.
  • Explain how to facilitate the decision-making process.

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When babies outgrow their lungs

March 25, 2022

Presented by Lia Gravari, MD
Neonatologist and associate medical director, ECMO at Children’s Minnesota 

Objectives:

  • Review the diagnosis of chronic lung disease.
  • Outline the management of chronic lung disease.
  • Discuss strategies for patient follow-up for chronic lung disease.

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Updates in Fetal Growth Restriction

January 27, 2022

Presented by Kristi Borowski, MD
Maternal-fetal medicine specialist and geneticist with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians, part of Allina Health

Objectives:

  • Review the definition of fetal growth restriction.
  • Summarize the associated risk factors and etiology of fetal growth restriction.
  • Outline the recommended management of fetal growth restriction.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Children’s Minnesota, Allina Health, Midwest Fetal Care Center, and Minnesota Perinatal Physicians. Children’s Minnesota 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.
Children’s Minnesota takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific interest of accredited continuing education activities.
AMA
Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with their participation in the activity.
ANCC
Children’s Minnesota designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 1 ANCC nursing contact hour. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program offers 1.0 contact hours of continuing education. Most medical professional organizations accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  It is the individual’s responsibility to determine whether an education activity meets the continuing education requirements of their respective licensures and/or professional boards. Go to your respective organization’s website for more detailed information regarding credit requirements

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