2017 Missouri MotherBaby Summit: Moving Forward

The 2017 Missouri MotherBaby Summit will be held on Friday, September 29, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott, 3301 LeMone Industrial Boulevard, Columbia MO. Registration will begin at 7:30am; the program will run from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Questions? Email or call 573-751-6468.

Some evaluations from the 2016 Missouri MotherBaby Summit:

  • Fantastic!! Thank you so very much! I am so inspired that change really is possible. Loved all the speakers.
  • This far exceeded my expectations! I learned more today and had lots of info reiterated that was refreshing!
  • The Summit has been great! I wish more of our staff could have participated today. I’m taking a lot of good information back with me.
  • Wonderful! As an RN Admin, this is not my background – but it was so informative. Thank you!
  • This was an amazing educational event. I can’t wait to take this info back to my facility.

Guest faculty for the upcoming 2017 Summit include:

  • Dr. Raylene Phillips, a California neonatologist, who will speak on, “The Sacred Hour: Uninterrupted Skin to Skin Immediately After Birth.”
  • Ginny Combs, RN MSN IBCLC, Nurse Manager of the Mother Baby Unit at Boston Medical Center, a Baby-Friendly designated hospital since 1999. Ms. Combs will share her experience on implementing change in the maternity setting.

Dr. Raylene Phillips

Dr. Elisha Wachmanreceived a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California Davis, graduating in 2004. She completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, CA and is currently an attending neonatologist in the NICU at the same hospital as well as Medical Director of Newborn Nursery at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta.

Dr. Phillips is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is the current President of the National Perinatal Association. Her primary areas of interest are mother-infant attachment, breastfeeding education and support, and Family Integrated, Neuroprotective Care of premature infants in the NICU.

Ginny Combs MSN, RN, NE-BC

is the Nurse Manager of the Mother Baby Unit, Lactation Service and Baby Café at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University in 1991 and, in 2014, was awarded a Masters of Nursing in Community and Public Health from Worcester State University. She is the Co-Chair of the BMC Baby-Friendly Task Force and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (1999-2017).

Since joining Boston Medical Center in 2013, Ms. Combs has used her transformative leadership skills to advance quality outcomes for the maternal child health population. She developed and launched Boston’s first Baby Café at Codman Square Health Center; converted an entire fleet of single electric breast pumps to Medela double electric breast pumps for each mother baby room and NICU; chaired the Donor Milk Task Force that lead to a donor milk program for the Mother Baby Unit; chaired the Quiet Time Task Force with Quiet Time now observed on the unit from 2-4 pm, 7 days a week; and solved a decades-old problem so that all phototherapy is now administered to infants in the mother’s room.

As the nurse leader, Ms. Combs planned and facilitated the conversion to the EPIC electronic medical record; supported the unit to develop a Shared Governance Mother Baby Committee; improved staff engagement from a Tier 3 to a Tier 1; and facilitated safe staffing standards using AWHONN staffing guidelines.

Ms. Combs has participated in numerous successful BMC Quality Improvement Teams including the project to administer Lovenox to all high-risk postpartum patients and the “non-pharm bundle of care” for opioid-exposed infants and their families. She is currently a member of teams working on: 1) glucose gel for the treatment of neonatal hypoglycemia; 2) a feeding bundle of care for the late preterm infant; 3) advancing the use of quantified blood loss (QBL); and 4) the adoption of a safety bundle for early recognition of preeclampsia warning signs.

Ginny is passionately dedicated to family centered care and honoring the voice of the patient. In 2014, she was named the March of Dimes Mother Baby Nurse of the Year for the state of Massachusetts.


Registration is underway! If you have questions please email or call 573-751-6468.


7:30-8:30am   Check-in/Registration

8:30-8:45 am   Welcome and Introduction

8:45-9:50 am   State of the State: A Missouri Breastfeeding Update (B Philipp)

9:50-10:05 am   Break

10:05-11:05 am   The Sacred Hour: Uninterrupted Skin to Skin Immediately After Birth (R Phillips)

11:05-11:45 am   Making Change Happen (G Combs)

11:45-12:15 am   Teaching in 20: Safe Implementation of Steps 4, 7, and 10

12:15-1:10 pm   Lunch (Moderated by Becky Schwaller)

2:30-3:30 pm   Sharing Success (Moderated by Lisa Schlientz)

3:30 pm   Evaluations and Adjourn

Background Information

Every maternity hospital in Missouri is encouraged to send a health care team. Ideas for team members include: Nurse Manager of Well Baby, Nurse Manager of Post Partum, 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 one Lactation Consultant.

Thanks to the generous support of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, there is no charge for admission.