Elizabeth Goetz

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Conference this year! The Osthoff Resort at Elkhart Lake provided a wonderful backdrop to the outstanding speakers, education sessions, and networking opportunities that make the WAPC annual conference such a meaningful event. This year we also had a record breaking poster session showcasing the research and innovative programs happening around our state. I always leave the annual conference very sad that it is over so quickly, but also energized and excited to bring what I learn from all of you back to my nursery.


The WAPC Board of Directors is deeply grateful for the services and contributions of all who served over the past three years and longer. Thank you for your dedication to WAPC and its work of improving perinatal outcomes for all!

Directors whose terms ended on April 24, 2018, include:

      • Charlene Galston, RNC-OB, BSN, ME-PD, IBCLC, Preconception & Prenatal Care Committee
      • Beth Martinka, RN, Nurse Rep., Southcentral Region
      • Heather Pauls, JD, Consumer or other member-at-large
      • Jean Mosher, CPA, PF Representative to WAPC Board
      • Phillip Nielsen, MSW, WAPC Representative to PF Board

I could not be more thrilled to join the WAPC and Perinatal Foundation team, organizations with both a long history and a vibrant future. As I learn more of the history of WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation, I imagine myself as a new member at different stages over the years, excited to have found an organization dedicated to improving lives in Wisconsin through interdisciplinary collaboration, and with it, a chance to have a significant impact on not only my field, but also the people whom I serve.

I share that new-member excitement of joining a team that continues to work at the cutting edge of research and policy trends, leading efforts to provide care for people experiencing addiction, address health disparities, improve access to care, and enhance educational opportunities for practitioners and consumers. If I haven’t met you yet, I look forward to working with you soon!

Eileen Zeiger, MA
Executive Director

The Wisconsin Birth Defects Registry (WBDR) reporting requirements will change beginning July 1, 2018. Notification explaining the change was sent to all individual reporters and licensed providers earlier this month. This letter can be found on the announcements page of the WAPC Web site.


The Series is off and running! We got off to a great start on February 28th with Jeanne Rosendale, MSN, RNC-Inpatient OB, C-EFM, who facilitated Session I. Julie Bulgrin, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, shared her expertise on Tuesday, May 22nd, highlighting cases involving external cephalic version and hypertension. So far in the series, 122 learners across Wisconsin participated in these two sessions.

Don’t miss the next Webinar on July 25th! Veteran presenter, Sara Bronson, MSN, RN, CNL, will facilitate another unique session.

Learn more about the Fetal Monitoring Series and sign up today.

Plan to attend this year’s Regional Forum:

Human Trafficking: Identification, Tools, and Resources.

While it may come as a surprise to some, every county in Wisconsin has documented cases of human trafficking. Find out what’s happening in your local area/region and what you can do.

Region Location Date/Time
NE Bellin College, Green Bay Sep 20
5:00-8:00 p.m.
FV Ascension Mercy Hospital, Oshkosh Oct 16
5:30-8:30 p.m.
SE Ascension SE Wisconsin at Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa Oct 23
7:30-10:30 a.m.
SC Watertown Regional Medical Center, Watertown Sep 26
6:00-9:00 p.m.
WE MCHS Franciscan Healthcare, La Crosse Oct 4
5:00-8:00 p.m.
NC Northcentral Technical Institute, Wausau Oct 9
5:00-8:00 p.m.
NW Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center, Ashland Oct 10
5:00-8:00 p.m.

Watch your email for more information.

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend the 2019 WAPC Annual Conference from April 7-9, 2019, at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh, WI!

New this year, WAPC is accepting proposals for breakout sessions. Proposals are due on August 15, 2018. Interested in submitting a proposal? Click here to learn more.

Are you working on an aspect of research or care that could improve perinatal outcomes? It’s not too early to start thinking about submitting an abstract for the 2019 WAPC Annual Conference Poster Session. Details about submitting abstracts will be available from WAPC in August.

Do you ever wonder if patient care and outcomes could be better? Do you ever wonder how you could tell?

Quality improvement is the focus of the Wisconsin Perinatal Quality Collaborative (WisPQC). With an emphasis on the power of good data and a strong evidence base to support improvement, WisPQC aims to make quality accessible to all—from the individual to the largest health care system. WisPQC’s member organizations work collaboratively to offer opportunities for all to engage in quality improvement to improve perinatal outcomes.

For more information on WisPQC and its initiatives, click here. If you represent an organization that wants to join WisPQC, click here. For other questions, contact staff by phone, 608-285-5858, or by email, wispqc@perinatalweb.org.

Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized with WAPC’s highest individual honor? If so, please consider nominating that individual for the Callon-Leonard Award. Click here for the nomination form. Click here for a list of Past Recipients. Nominations are due October 1, 2018.

The WAPC Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for president-elect, consumer or other member-at-large, and regional representatives to the Board. Nominations for all positions are due to WAPC by October 1, 2018. Click here for more information and a nomination form, or contact Barbara Wienholtz at WAPC: 608-285-5858, ext. 201.

Breastfeeding FAQS



Planning for Pregnancy fact sheet on Hepatitis C



Early Pregnancy Information



Data to Inform Report:
Electronic Health Record (EHR) and PeriData.Net(R) Use in Wisconsin Birth Hospitals



From Just Say No to Just Say Know (and Do)



Fetal Monitoring Online Course



New Learning Management System



Mandy Walter

When we asked Mandy Walter what she would say to encourage colleagues to join WAPC, her fantastic answer was: "Why not join? It benefits both you and your patients. I became a member to become involved in an organization in my state that supported the care of women, babies, and their families. I think any health professional caring for women and their families should be a member of WAPC."


As we look back at our collective contributions to improving perinatal outcomes, we want to recognize the indelible influences of three members of our WAPC and the Perinatal Foundation family who passed this year. Tim Boehmer, RPh; Fredrik “Frits” Broekhuizen, MD; and, Herbert Sandmire, MD, were our friends, colleagues, and family. They assuredly left their mark on our hearts and work, as they did for so many others throughout their career. We honor them here.


WAPC colleague, Deborah Ehrenthal, MD, MPH, and WAPC member and colleague, Jan Penn, NP-C were two of six recipients of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation (WWHF) 2018 Champions in Women’s Health Award. Dr. Ehrenthal is an Associate Professor and Director within the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI. Ms. Penn is a nurse practitioner with Essentia Health in Ashland, WI.


The WAPC Board of Directors met on April 22, 2018 at the Annual Conference, held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.

The Board welcomed two new members: Angela Rohan, PhD, to be our new Consumer or Other Member-at-Large, and Mandy Walter, RN, BSN, MSN as our new Nurse Representative for the Southcentral Region. Dr. Rohan is the Senior MCH Epidemiologist / CDC Assignee to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Ms. Walter is an OB Educator at Watertown Regional Medical Center.


The Strategic Advisory Committee met on June 1, 2018, chaired by Dr. Liz Goetz. Staff prepared a variety of charts to illustrate our membership trends over the years, and these provided the basis of some excellent discussion about how to increase and diversify our membership. What was beautiful about this conversation, was that it naturally led to a discussion about the value we can offer members, how we can add to our educational offerings, and how we can best live our values to achieve our mission as the best way to attract and retain members.


Silent Auction


Perinatal Foundation Raffle


Thomas A. Leonard, MD, Memorial Lecture


Awards Highlights


Recognition Awards


Ann Conway Retirement Celebration Highlights




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