The program takes place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Jilian Reece, director of Carter County Drug Prevention and activity director of the session, said the morning hours are geared toward health professionals, with programs on the mental and physical needs of new moms.
Reece said the health professionals will be joined by new moms in the afternoon sessions, with the hope that both groups will gain from the interaction.
“I hope the new moms will see how the professionals are working to improve their knowledge and skills by taking these programs and I hope the professionals will be able to see the moms in a different setting.” she said.
This is the second annual conference. Last year, the emphasis was on the encouragement of breastfeeding. This year, the forum will provide an opportunity for providers to learn evidence-based practices around maternal mental and physical health.
National speakers will share their experience in working with moms and families and educate providers in ways to best assist patients they encounter. Afternoon breakout sessions will provide opportunities for attendees to engage more deeply in areas they are most interested in.
The planning committee for the event includes: Casey Carringer, Ballad Health; Gratia Cash, Carter County Health Department; registered nurse Kristina Dulaney, PMH-C, Appalachian Perinatal Mental Health Alliance; Allison Rollans, High Country Doulas; Lisa Vance, CNM, Grow Together Community and Boutique; Ashlee Williams, Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library.
Reece said the title of the forum emphasizes the effort to have the professionals meet moms.