2017 Massachusetts MotherBaby Summit: EatLocal

The 2017 Massachusetts MotherBaby Summit was held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

Massachusetts banned the bags in 2012, has a mPINC score of 87 which ranks 5th in the nation and now has 10 hospitals with Baby-Friendly designation.  In addition, 15 hospitals are on the 4D Pathway.

The Summit featured two keynote speakers.

  • Dr. Raylene Phillips, a California neonatologist, spoke on, “The Sacred Hour: Uninterrupted Skin to Skin Immediately After Birth.”
  • Boston Medical Center neonatologist, Dr. Elisha Wachman, shared the results of her research on, “Rethinking How to Help Opioid-Exposed Infants and their Families.”

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.

Dr. Elisha Wachman

Dr. Elisha Wachmanreceived her MD from the Boston University School of Medicine before pursuing her pediatric residency at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Children’s Hospital Boston. She then she completed her neonatology fellowship at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She is currently an attending neonatologist at BMC and a leader in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) quality improvement and research at BMC 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.


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Background Information

Every maternity hospital in Massachusetts and New Hampshire was encouraged to send a health care team of up to 5 staff members. Ideas for 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 was no charge for admission.