2017 Michigan MotherBaby Summit: Celebrating Success

The 2017 Michigan MotherBaby Summit will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Atheneum Suite Hotel, 1000 Brush Avenue, Detroit MI. Topics to be covered include: Rooming-in, Delay the Bath, Quiet Time, Supplementation, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

The keynote address, “Rethinking How to Help Opioid-Exposed Infants and Their Families,” will be given by Boston Medical Center neonatologist, Dr. Elisha Wachman. Boston Medical Center cares for approximately 130 opioid-exposed infants per year.

Dr. Wachman received her MD from the Boston University School of Medicine before pursuing her pediatric residency at Boston Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston. She then completed her neonatology fellowship at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine and an attending neonatologist at Boston Medical Center. She is a leader in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) quality improvement and research at Boston Medical Center and throughout Massachusetts. Her research primarily focuses on examining genetic and epigenetic predictors of NAS outcomes, including how maternal stress could impact NAS outcomes through epigenetic modifications. Her other primary research interests include breastfeeding in the setting of maternal substance use disorders and use of non-pharmacologic care to improve NAS outcomes. She is currently a co-chair of the Massachusetts neoQIC NAS Quality Improvement Collaborative, and the Principal Investigator of a MA Health Policy Commission NAS Investment Grant.


Registration is not open just yet but Save the Date! Education contact hours will be given for doctors, nurses and lactation consultants.

Background Information

Every maternity hospital in Michigan is encouraged to send a health care team. Ideas for members of the team include: Nurse Manager of Mother Baby, Medical Director of Well Baby, Nurse Manager of Labor and Delivery, Medical Director of Labor and Delivery, Nursing Director of Maternal Child Health Service, Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), Staff Nurses, Charge Nurses, Quality Improvement Specialists, Clinical Educators. Each team may include one Lactation Consultant. MDs are encouraged to attend.

The Summit is supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.