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Sepsis Alliance Symposium: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis

Sepsis, an indiscriminate threat that can strike anyone regardless of their health status or age, tends to disproportionately affect certain populations. Pregnant individuals and newborns are among those at higher risk of sepsis-related complications. Sepsis accounts for at least 261,000 maternal deaths each year worldwide, accounting for approximately 11% of all maternal deaths. Across the U.S. between 2017-2019, 14.3% of pregnancy-related deaths were due to infection or sepsis. Maternal sepsis ranks as the second leading cause of maternal fatalities, and globally sepsis is the number one cause of mortality in newborns and young infants.

Maternal sepsis typically occurs when an infection takes hold in the aftermath of childbirth, whether it be at the site of a C-section incision, a tear, or another postpartum wound, occurring in the days or weeks following delivery. Any infection, such as Strep B, pneumonia, or a urinary tract infection, occurring during pregnancy or in the postpartum period, can also potentially escalate into sepsis. Infections can be passed from the birthing parent to child during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, putting the infant also at risk for developing sepsis.

It is imperative that healthcare professionals understand the unique risks that maternal and neonatal patients have regarding sepsis to efficiently and accurately assess and diagnose sepsis.

To address this issue, Sepsis Alliance is hosting the 2024 Sepsis Alliance Symposium: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis. This live, virtual event, scheduled for May 16, 2024, will cover critical topics related to sepsis in maternal and neonatal patients, offering attendees the most up-to-date clinical knowledge and treatment recommendations for these populations. The key outcome of this half-day event is to establish the burden of sepsis in maternal and neonatal patients and improve clinical outcomes for patients affected by sepsis.

Covered topics will include:

  • Perinatal outcomes in patients with sepsis during pregnancy;
  • Improving maternal equity, health outcomes related to infections and sepsis, and antimicrobial stewardship through health policy;
  • Clinical diagnosis and management of neonatal sepsis;
  • Discharge and transitions of care for birthing parents and newborns.

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Time (ET)Session TitlePresenter
12:00-12:30Opening Remarks & Patient Story: A Mother’s Perspective: Survival and Advocacy After Newborn SepsisBeth Battaglino, RN-C
CEO, HealthyWomen
Kaitlin Walden
Shayla's Mom & Sepsis Advocate
12:30-1:00Navigating Neonatal Sepsis: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and ManagementJames L Wynn, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Florida
1:00-1:30Perinatal Outcomes After Maternal SepsisStephanie Gaw, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California San Francisco
1:45-2:25Maternal Sepsis Collaborative: California and MichiganElliott Main, MD
Founding Medical Director of the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative, Clinical Professor, Department of Ob/Gyn, Stanford University School of Medicine
2:25-2:55Operationalizing Perinatal EquityAmanda Williams, MD, MPH, FACOG
Clinical Innovations Advisor, CMQCC; Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
2:55-3:25Development and Implementation of Kaiser Permanente Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis Calculator
Michael W. Kuzniewicz , MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, University of California School of Medicine, San Francisco
3:25-3:55Midwives: Providing Equitable, Inclusive Care to Prevent Perinatal Infections and SepsisPaulomi (Mimi) Niles, CNM, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor and Certified Nurse-midwife, New York University
3:55-4:00Closing Remarks and Key Takeaways


FREE Nursing CE Credits Offered! 

Continuing nursing education credits will be available, as will post-event access to resources, ideas, and innovations to address the issue of maternal and neonatal sepsis. Sepsis Alliance is a Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 3.6 contact hours. Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance. 



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Sepsis Alliance is proud to offer this symposium at no charge to participants. Please consider making a donation to help Sepsis Alliance continue to educate thousands of healthcare professionals and members of the public every year. 

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Symposium Supporters:

Sepsis Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support provided by the Ohio Hospital Association and Baxter for this symposium.