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Educational Offerings

2015 IPN Educational Offerings Catalog

Role of IPN


For more than a decade, IPN has provided an array of highly regarded educational opportunities and resources for a broad range of health care providers and human service organizations.

For more information, contact Tina Babbitt at 317.924.0825x 4228 or

Statewide Conferences

  • Indiana Perinatal Educators Conference - annual conference for childbirth educators, lactation consultants and nurses
  • Perinatal Hospital Summit - annual conference; 2 representatives from each delivering hospital in Indiana are invited to discuss key perinatal issues and challenges

Regional Workshops

Regional Perinatal Education series — designed to bring updated clinical and programmatic information and networking opportunities to communities throughout Indiana.


Got 10 minutes?  Check out our webinar series, Coffee Break with IPN.  Learn about a perinatal topic in the time it takes you to drink your morning coffee.  Have an idea for a future topic?  Let us know!

Presumptive Eligibility - presented by Caitlin Finnegan Priest, MPH, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Covering Kids and Families of Indiana (7 minutes)

Medicaid Family Planning Coverage - presented by Caitlin Finnegan Priest, MPH, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at Covering Kids and Families of Indiana (5 minutes)

Contraception 101 - presented by Cynthia L. Robbins, MD MS, Indiana University School of Medicine (25 minutes)

Available Speakers

Indiana Perinatal staff members are available to speak on a variety of topics at trainings, conferences, breakout sessions or workshops. For more information, contact IPN at 866.338.0825 or

The Business Case for Breastfeeding: Workplace Lactation Support
Currently nearly 60% of new mothers with children under the age of 3 are in the work force. One of the most significant barriers to continuing breastfeeding is a mother's return to work or school. This presentation can be targeted in several different pathways: a) the tools needed to establish and sustain a workplace lactation support program, b) how to improve support for the working mother, or c) how to equip breastfeeding educators and advocates with resources to engage support in their community.

Safe Sleep
Based on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Policy Statement to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), this session includes recommendations on sleep position, smoke free environment, and breastfeeding. Tips on how to prevent flat spots on infant's head (plagiocephaly) and bedtime rituals will also be discussed, as well as practical tools for dealing with emotional issues, information on safety concerns, and local and national statistics.

All Indiana families experiencing perinatal loss deserve compassionate, timely and individualized care. Professional and community caregivers can develop supportive environments, systems and resources for women and families during and after a perinatal loss. This session focuses on providing guidance and materials to provide compassionate grief support to those affected by a perinatal loss. Assessing an organization's and community's current grief support system and developing a work plan to enhance the organization's grief services will also be discussed.

First Responders
A wide array of caregivers intercede with the family and significant others at the time of an infant death. First responders can include police, firefighters, or EMT's from local, private or municipal ambulance services or hospital emergency rooms. This time of intense emergency requires practitioners to balance treatment to the infant, support to the family and the need to initiate a thorough investigation. This session provides these various disciplines and specialties in-depth education about SIDS, acute grief and the full range of possible responses exhibited by parents and significant others during this period. The essential components of a thorough investigation of a sudden, unexpected infant death will also be described.

The Value of a Learner's Stance: Lessons Learned from Pregnant and Parenting Women
The voices, perspectives, and experiences of pregnant and parenting women are vital sources of information often overlooked or not understood by professionals. This presentation reveals the findings from a qualitative study recently conducted by the Indiana Perinatal Network and the IU School of Social Work published in the September 2009 edition of the Maternal and Child Health Journal. The study highlights the importance for providers to assume a "learner's stance” and provides practical suggestions on how to explore cultural factors that can enhance patient and provider interactions and influence health behaviors. Direct participant quotes and an extensive list of cultural beliefs and practices are utilized via an audience participative format to reinforce the study findings.

Advocacy 101
Health care professionals are in a unique position to help promote sound public polices on behalf of women and infants. However, many are overwhelmed by the process or may have a negative impression of elected officials and the political process. This interactive session will provide a practical overview of how the legislative process works, primarily in the State of Indiana, how a bill becomes a law and advocacy skills for health care providers. Examples of legislation impacting perinatal care recently enacted by the Indiana General Assembly will be used to highlight key points.

Contact Us

Indiana Perinatal Network
1991 E. 56th St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220
Phone: 866.338.0825
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