Critical Congenital Heart Defects – Nov 2023
Critical Congenital Heart Defects, Breastfeeding and Lactation Webinar
Wednesday, November 29th, 2023
9:20am - 3:30pm CST
Jessica Davis PhD, RN, CCRN-K, IBCLC,
Kristin Elgersma PhD, DM, RN, Jennifer Gaunt MD,
Teresa F Kovarik MD, FABM, FAAP, Travis Lewis PAATC, IBCLC,
Rachael Satake, Liliana Simon MD, IBCLC, FABM,
and Nancy Slater OTR/L, CLC, NTMTC
Ideal infant nutrition is paramount for infants with critical congenital heart defects (CCHD). Recent evidence demonstrates that human milk feeding and breastfeeding for this population improve pre- and postoperative feeding, support infant growth, and lower the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis, sepsis, and length of hospital stay. The American Heart Association recommends that infants with CCHD are breastfed or receive human milk to provide optimal care and nutrition. The main learning outcome of this conference is to identify strategies to increase direct breastfeeding and human milk feeding for infants with CCHD, during the pre-operative, post-operative, and outpatient time periods.
Review the conference agenda here.
Early Bird: $60 through Nov 3, 2023
We have a limited number of 25%-off scholarships for students and for parents of infants with congenital heart disease. Please contact us to be considered for a scholarship.
A recording of the webinar will be available for 6 months to those who have registered. Attendees can earn credits through any combination of live participation and/or viewing the recording.
Please note that for a number of reasons, it is our policy not to permit registration for our events, nor access to the recordings, after the event has occurred. These include policies of our accreditors and speakers, technical issues, and fairness to everyone who has registered.
About the Speakers
Jessica Davis PhD, RN, CCRN-K, IBCLC, is a postdoctoral scholar in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience caring for diverse populations of newborns and their families through her time as a nurse and lactation consultant at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (Cardiac Intensive Care Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital, Midwife Center for Birth and Women’s Health, and the Pacify telelactation network. She serves as a board member to the Mid-Atlantic Mother’s Milk Bank and has recently joined the editorial board at the Journal for Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. She is interested in building a program of science that defines the relationship between diet/ environmental exposures and adverse outcomes among infants and children with congenital heart defects. Her ultimate goal is to integrate microbiome and human milk science with pediatric cardiac care to achieve positive health outcomes.
Kristin Elgersma PhD, DM, RN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, a 2022–2023 NIH NRSA F31 Fellow, and a parent of a child born with critical congenital heart disease (CHD). Dr. Elgersma holds previous masters and doctoral degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University; however, her experience with her child inspired her to change careers, and she received her MN and PhD from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her research now focuses on feeding for infants with CHD, with a particular interest in human milk and direct breast/chestfeeding as a means of optimizing infant health and providing family-centered, developmental care. Dr. Elgersma’s work in this area was recently chosen as the best oral abstract (nursing science category) at the 8th World Congress of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Additionally, she serves as the Secretary of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation Trainee Governing Committee. Ultimately, Dr. Elgersma hopes to develop individualized, human milk/breastfeeding-based nutrition interventions that support family feeding goals and optimize growth and development for infants with critical CHD.
Jennifer Gaunt MD, is a pediatric cardiac intensivist and Co-Director of Quality Improvement for the Heart Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She is a strong proponent of human milk consumption in infants with congenital heart disease and has been involved in several quality improvement initiatives in her Heart Center to increase access to human milk for this vulnerable population. Dr Gauntt received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, completed combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Christiana Care Health System and AI duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware, and completed Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship plus an additional Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care fellowship at Children’s National in Washington, DC. A native of the East Coast, Dr Gauntt has been enjoying exploring the Midwest with her wife and 6 year old son since they moved to central Ohio in 2018.
Teresa F Kovarik MD, FABM, FAAP, is both a primary care pediatrician and a Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine physician specialist living in St Paul, MN. Dr Kovarik combined her Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine consultant work with her busy pediatric practice for over 35 years until her retirement in 2022. Dr Kovarik’s pediatric practice became a magnet for countless children with complex medical conditions, including many infants with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) along with children with complex genetic syndromes and very low birth weight premature infants, etc. This allowed her the unique opportunity to provide much-needed skilled feeding support to many families and infants with CCHD in the ambulatory setting. Starting in 1991, Dr Kovarik established, and for 30 years mentored, an outpatient Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine support center at her office in St Paul, MN which was staffed by five superb IBCLC/PNP’s. Dr Kovarik has also been active in pediatric resident education for over 35 years. Dr Kovarik is a fellow in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and has been an educator for IABLE, the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education.
Travis Lewis PAATC, IBCLC, began his education at California University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Athletic Training. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, Travis earned a Master’s in Health Sciences, with a concentration in rural primary care medicine, at Lock Haven University. He began his career in Pediatrics as a Physician Assistant in 2008. In March of 2012 Travis’ son Cael was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Through his son’s struggles with feeding, Travis developed a passion to help assist families with feeding difficulties. He has worked nationally with the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative’s feeding work group and assists families at the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh as a Physician Assistant and Lactation Consultant. Travis currently resides in Butler, PA, with his wife Tanya, their son Cael, their daughter Adalyn.
Rachael Satake is a parent of three children. She is thankful to have been able to breastfeed all three of them for a cumulative total of ten years. Her middle child was diagnosed prenatally with a complex congenital heart defect – Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. In spite of the challenges surrounding feeding an infant with CCHD, they persevered, and with the help of a knowledgeable and supportive team from Seattle Children’s Hospital were able to exclusively breastfeed from the time her son was about two months old. Rachael loves to encourage other mothers in their breastfeeding journeys and is very enthusiastic about this conference taking place.
Liliana Simon MD, IBCLC, FABM, is a Pediatric Critical Care physician and Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a unique combination of expertise in Pediatric Critical Care, Lactation and Breastfeeding Medicine and Palliative Care. Dr. Simon's educational journey, from receiving her medical degree at the prestigious University of São Paulo in Brazil to completing her pediatric residency at Sainte-Justine Hospital in Montreal and her Pediatric Critical Care fellowship at the Children’s Medical Center at Dallas, reflects a commitment to gaining diverse experiences and knowledge from different healthcare systems. Her dedication to improving care and breastfeeding support for hospitalized children, especially in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, is reflected, among other things, in her being an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and on the Board of Directors of IABLE, the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding and Lactation Education. She has written protocols for the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and is actively involved in education and research regarding advancement of breastfeeding in general and particularly in the PICU. While speaking different languages, she is passionate for providing culturally sensitive comprehensive and compassionate care to her patients and families.
Nancy Slater OTR/L, CLC, NTMTC, is a Rehab Clinical Specialist at Children’s Minnesota. Her primary area of focus is in improving the developmental outcomes and quality of life for patients and families with congenital heart disease. She attended the program in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota and has been with Children’s MN for over 28 years. She has provided pediatric occupational therapy services in the inpatient and outpatient settings for a wide variety of patient populations during her career, and holds certification as a lactation counselor and neonatal touch and massage therapist. Ms. Slater enjoys spending time with her husband and two young adult children, doing anything outdoors in Minnesota from camping and kayaking in the summer to cross-country skiing in the winter.
CMEs: The AAFP has reviewed Critical Congenital Heart Defects, Breastfeeding and Lactation Webinar and deemed it acceptable for up to 5.00 Live AAFP Prescribed credits. Term of Approval is from 11/29/2023 to 11/29/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.
CERPs: This course has been allocated 5(L) CERPs recognized by IBLCE. Long Term Provider #117-04.
IABLE has been accepted by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) as a CERP Provider for the listed Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) programme. Determination of CERPs eligibility or CERPs Provider status does not imply IBLCE®’s endorsement or assessment of education quality. INTERNATIONAL BOARD OF LACTATION CONSULTANT EXAMINERS®, IBLCE®, INTERNATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED LACTATION CONSULTANT®, and IBCLC® are registered marks of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.
Nursing Credits: According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the continuing education hours approved by the AAFP and AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ meet the requirement of formally approved continuing education hours and may be used as such for ANCC Certification renewal. https://www.nursingworld.org/certification/faqs/
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For a number of reasons it is our policy not to permit registration for our events,
nor access to the recordings, after the event has occurred. These include policies of our accreditors and speakers, technical issues, and fairness to everyone who has registered.
Critical Congenital Heart Defects – Nov 2023