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The Twenty First Annual Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture

Global Maternal Health and Midwifery:
Working Together to Improve Outcomes

Saturday October 12, 2013 • Eliot Center • 1011 SW 12th Ave • Portland, Oregon


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Sponsored by The American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), Oregon Affiliate. This program is supported by an educational grant from Providence Regional Women and Childrenís Program


This yearís Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture will focus on midwives and other providers working internationally. We will discuss global health from a human rights perspective and hear from colleagues who are working in a variety of programs worldwide. The day will be filled with current information regarding the state of womenís health around the world.


  • Understand the salient issues in maternal, newborn & child health worldwide.
  • Discuss the role of Western medical providers in global health work.
  • Identify how disasters and emergencies affect the health and well-being of women and infants.
  • Describe how midwifery care is relevant in disasters and emergencies.
  • Understand the issues surrounding obstetric fistula in the developing world.
  • Explain ACNMís Survive and Thrive initiative.
  • Describe and understand the application of ACNMís Home Based Life Saving Skills (HBLSS) Program.
  • Discuss the variety of ways our colleagues are working internationally and how they got started.


7:45   Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Introductions

8:30-9:30   The Big Picture: Global Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
  Jody Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

9:30-10:30   Midwifery in Disasters and Humanitarian Emergencies
  Karen Hays, DNP, CNM, ARNP

10:30-11:00   Break

11:00-11:45   Obstetric Fistula: The Silent Burden of Obstructed Labor in the Developing World
    Rahel Nardos, MD

11:45-1:00   Lunch

1:00-1:45   Leveraging Global Development Alliances to Scale Up Maternal and Newborn Interventions: Survive and Thrive
  Angie Fujioka, CNM

1:45-2:45   Home-Based Life Saving Skills: Continuum from Home to Facility
  Jody Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN

2:45-3:00   Break

3:00-4:30   A Community Conversation About Working Internationally
  Karen Hays, DNP, CNM, ARNP

4:30   Adjourn

Donít forget:
Student Midwife Reception and ACNM Affiliate Meeting
Friday, October 11, 2013
5:00 PM
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Nursing
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd., Room #358, Portland


This yearís conference will be held in downtown Portland at the Eliot Center, 1011 SW 12th Ave. The facility is on the campus of the First Unitarian Church. Enter from Salmon St between 12th and 13th. Free parking will be provided in the lot on 12th that faces the church (donít pay at the U-Park meter). Better yet - take the MAX or Portland Streetcar!


Health Professional: $90.00 / Students: $45.00

Tuition includes: Continuing education certification, program syllabus, continental breakfast and lunch. Vegetarian meal option available.


Continuing Education Units, 6 contact hours, has been applied for through the American College of Nurse Midwives.


Martha was a treasured member of the Portland midwifery community who was tragically murdered on her way home from a birth in 1992. The Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture has been held annually to honor her memory and remember her spirit.


Jody Lori, PhD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN.
Dr. Lori is the Chair of the ACNMís Global Health Division. She consults domestically and internationally on development of the HBLSS program. Dr. Lori is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing and is the Schoolís Director of the Office of Global Outreach. Dr. Loriís research focuses on reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in Africa and Cambodia. She has received numerous grants for her work and has extensive international experience in many areas of the world including Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico and Zambia.

Karen Hays, DNP, CNM, ARNP.
Dr. Hays is currently on faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle and has been a clinical assistant professor and guest instructor at the University of Washington Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in Seattle. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the ACNM Disaster Preparedness & Response Caucus. She is a member of numerous professional groups and state committees. She has been a midwifery technical consultant for Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), Northwest Medical Teams International, and Save the Children, and an instructor for numerous programs. She has clinical experience all over the world. Dr. Hays combines her passion for clinical practice with her dedication to teaching a thoughtful and culturally sensitive approach to maternal-newborn health care in the U.S. and abroad.

Rahel Nardos, MD.
Dr. Nardos is an Assistant Professor at OHSU and a Urogynecologist at Kaiser Permanente. She has a special interest in caring for women with pelvic floor dysfunction, extending care globally in developing countries, and treating and preventing obstetric fistula. Her research interests include imaging modalities to understand the pathophysiology of overactive bladder and evaluating the effect of vaginal delivery on the pelvic floor. Dr. Nardos has received numerous honors, including being named a global health hero by the International Museum of Women. This honor recognizes her extraordinary work training Ethiopian doctors and midwives in life-saving obstetric procedures and preventative maternal health. Dr. Nardos participates in the OHSU Center for Women's Health Global Collaboration in Ethiopia which provides medical training and service in Gimbie, Ethiopia.

Angie Fujioka, BSN, CNM, MPH.
Ms. Fujioka is a Technical Advisor at the ACNM. She is the program manager for the Survive and Thrive Global Development Alliance, a 3-year U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and privately funded initiative which partners with professional societies of midwives, pediatricians and obstetricians to implement high-impact interventions in maternal and child health globally. She has been a midwifery and maternal health consultant for JHPIEGO and the Teso Safe Motherhood Project, and a clinical and life saving skill trainer in Zambia and Mexico.


  • Robi Jaspin and Sarah West - co-chairs
  • Alissa McMaken-Roberts - CEU application goddess
  • Annie Christopherson - food and facilities
  • Janell Niemann-Ross and Holly Boehm - registrars
  • Kate Pelosi - thanks for emcee-ing (again!)
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