2017 West Virginia MotherBaby Summit: Tackling the Ten Steps

The 2017 West Virginia MotherBaby Summit will be held on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Holiday Inn and Suites, Charleston West/400 Second Ave, Charleston. 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.

Barbara L. Philipp, MD, FAAP, FABM will speak in the Sharing Success segment on “Rethinking NAS: Call in the Cuddlers.”  She will describe the remarkable work on going at Boston Medical Center, under the direction of neonatologist Dr. Elisha Wachman, to support opioid-exposed infants and their families. Boston Medical Center cares for 120-130 opioid-exposed infants per year.

The keynote address will be given by Paula K. Schreck, MD, IBCLC, FABM. She will offer suggestions to help maternity facilities implement the American Academy of Pediatrics-endorsed Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Dr. Schreck attended the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her Pediatric Residency at the University of California, San Diego and stayed at UCSD as clinical faculty for two years before returning to her home state of Michigan. She joined the staff of St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit in 1997 and became the Medical Director of Breastfeeding Support Services at St. John Hospital in 2004. In 2008, she created the St. John Outpatient Breastfeeding Clinic, the first physician-led breastfeeding clinic in the state of Michigan. The model has since been applied at three other Michigan hospitals in St. John’s Ascension hospital network.

Dr. Schreck is the creator and medical director of the St. John Mother Nurture Project, a W.K. Kellogg Foundation-supported innovative and far-reaching breastfeeding initiative that spans her urban hospital and the surrounding community. She is also the creator of the Mother Nurture Lactation College, a unique lactation consultant-training program for minority women.

In 2012, she was named Breastfeeding Coordinator for the six-hospital St. John Providence Health System. She is the architect and medical director for a new Michigan hospital Baby-Friendly collaborative called Jumpstart to Baby-Friendly.  St. John Hospital and Medical Center was awarded WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly designation in July 2014.

 In addition to her work in her home state, she is a consultant for quality improvement programs in Louisiana, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kansas.

Mary Ellen Boisvert, MSN, RN, CLC, CCE will also be speaking at the Summit, sharing her QI expertise.

Currently, Ms. Boisvert serves on the faculty of the nursing programs at UMass Dartmouth, Curry College and Baystate College. Previously, she was the Director of Maternity Services at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Plymouth.  From 2005-2015 she was the Nurse Manager of the Family Centered Unit at the Tobey Hospital campus of Southcoast Health. She began working at Southcoast in 1996 as a staff nurse. She received a BSN from Curry College and, in 2009, a MSN at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is currently enrolled in the Health Promotion PhD in Nursing at UMass Lowell.  She is a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) as well as a Certified Childbirth Educator (CCE). In addition, Mary Ellen is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and participates in a variety of quality improvement initiatives.

Mary Ellen played a pivotal role in leading Tobey Hospital to the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly designation in 2011, becoming the third Baby-Friendly hospital in Massachusetts. She helped two other Southcoast Health System hospitals, Charlton and St. Luke’s, on their current Baby-Friendly journey. She served as a faculty member for the MotherBaby Summits in Philadelphia, Michigan and Louisiana. She is an active member of AWHONN with experience as a fetal heart monitoring instructor/trainer, reviewer for the journal Nursing for Women’s Health, member of the 2011 Childbearing Women and Newborn Advisory Panel, the 2012 Women’s Health & Perinatal Nursing Care Quality Measures Advisory Panel and reviewer for the Breastfeeding Evidence Based Guideline. Other volunteer leadership experience includes the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition Baby-Friendly Collaborative and the Massachusetts Perinatal Quality Collaborative.


Registration is now open. If you have questions please contact

Education contact hours will be given for nurses and lactation consultants.

Background Information

Every maternity hospital in West Virginia 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 hospital may send up to 2 Lactation Consultants. MDs are encouraged to attend.

The Summit is supported by: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, West Virginia DHHR/Office of Maternal Child and Family Health, West Virginia Hospital Association/West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance, and the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. There is no charge for admission.