“I have attended many Symposia Medicus conferences over the past 25 years. They are still excellent, with great up-to-date presentations.”
– J. Leno, MD

“As always, the speakers are phenomenal. I walk away with ways to change or incorporate new things into my practice every time I attend a Symposia Medicus conference.”
– J. McTaggart, MSN

“I can tell the speakers have been selected by experience to ensure dynamic, realistic lectures. Very nice experience!”
– M. Powell, MD


Our 27th Annual Fall Conference on Challenges in Taking Care of the High Risk Pregnancy is designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high risk pregnant patient. The goal of this conference is to increase knowledge and enhance the competence of attendees. Emphasis will be placed on practical application of the evidence-based topics presented.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs determined from the identified professional practice gaps. The gaps were derived from a variety of sources including evaluations and outcomes data from past participants; clinical expert input; Symposia Medicus’ online survey; and other medical and nursing data.

Conference format will include didactic lectures, smaller group breakout and interactive sessions, case studies, and question and answer sessions.

Smaller group sessions will be held Friday afternoon. These breakout sessions are organized to provide greater participant/faculty interaction, and will give you an opportunity to participate in discussions on subjects relating to your particular area of interest. Please indicate your breakout session topic choices on the conference registration form in this brochure. Space is limited so please reserve early.

An outstanding faculty has been assembled for this conference. Each member was selected based on their individual area of expertise and ability to communicate current, evidence-based, and practical information to participants.

You are sure to enjoy our 27th Annual Fall Conference on Challenges in Taking Care of the High Risk Pregnancy while sharing ideas and experiences with colleagues from across the country in the beautiful setting of Naples, Florida.


As a result of participating in this conference, you should have increased knowledge and enhanced competence to…

Identify the most common causes of respiratory distress in pregnancy

Recognize risk factors and diagnostic dilemmas for cervical incompetence

List contributors to disparities in maternal mortality

Outline current data and common causes of trauma in pregnancy

List the challenges associated with the management of superobesity in pregnancy

Discuss the role of standardized language, specifically the NICHD nomenclature


At the conclusion of attending this conference, participants are entitled to a certificate of credit which will be available online. Successful completion of this activity is determined by attending the live activity, review of the educational session materials, and submission of the case studies test, surveys, and attendance verification form. Each participant should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This educational activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME and ANCC Essentials and Standards relating to continuing medical and nursing education.

Symposia Medicus is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Symposia Medicus is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Symposia Medicus designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application has been made with the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) for cognates, Formal Learning. Please check our website for updated credit information.

Certified Nurse Midwives
The American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB) accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

NCCPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 18 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners/Nurses
The ANCC contact hours awarded for completion of this conference are 18.

Provider is also approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CEP2335, for 21.6 contact hours.

The California Board of Pharmacy accepts as continuing professional education those courses that meet the standard of relevance to pharmacy practice and have been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
A maximum of 2.75 hours in pharmacology content for prescriptive authority may be earned by attending this educational conference. Sessions awarding pharmacology content for prescriptive authority are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as requirements may vary state to state.


Each registrant will have online access to session materials. The session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions). If you wish to receive a hard copy of the session materials, please check the box on the registration form in this brochure.

If you are unable to attend this conference, extra copies of the session materials (either paper, flash drive, or digital copy) will be available one week after the conference. The cost is $65 for a hard copy, $30 for a flash drive, and $25 for the digital copy. To place your order, please email publications@symposiamedicus.org.


To receive additional information about the conference hotel, location, tours and/or nearby attractions, and ground transportation, please visit our website at www.symposiamedicus.org.


Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine
Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
Professor Emeritus Obstetrics & Gynecology
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina

Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
Conference Co-Chair

Professor, University of Tennessee
Medical Director, Tennessee
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director of Perinatal Services
St. Thomas Health Systems
Clinical Professor, Vanderbilt University
Adjunct Professor, Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Washington C. Hill, MD
Conference Co-Chair

Senior Physician, Florida Department of Health
Sarasota County
CenterPlace Health
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Sarasota, Florida

Judette Louis, MD, MPH
James M. Ingram Professor & Chair
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Morsani College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida

Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
Co-Owner & Director of Nursing
Clinical Concepts in Obstetrics, LLC
Brentwood, Tennessee

Lisa Miller, CNM, JD
Founder, Perinatal Risk Management &
Education Services
Certified Nurse-Midwife
Portland, Oregon

Consistent with ACCME and ANCC guidelines, it is the policy of Symposia Medicus to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all educational activities. Prior to the planning of this educational activity, all individuals in a position to influence and/or control the content of continuing education activities have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships within the past 12 months. Beyond disclosure of relevant financial relationships, faculty are required to disclose when they plan to discuss pharmaceuticals and/or medical devices that are not approved by the FDA and/or medical or surgical procedures that involve an unapproved or “off-label” use of an approved device or pharmaceutical. Symposia Medicus is committed to providing learners with commercially unbiased continuing education activities. This information is intended to assist learners in forming their own judgments about the content presented. Disclosure information will be included in the session materials for this activity, and speakers will provide a slide disclosure for each presentation, and will also verbally disclose on-site.



Wednesday, November 18

7:00am Registration & Check-in
8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Washington C. Hill, MD
8:15 Chronic Hypertension: Evaluation, Management, and Impact on Pregnancy Outcomes & Long-Term Health
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Haywood Brown, MD
9:00 Management of Superobesity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
9:45 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 Break
10:30 Use of Oxytocin: Guidelines & Controversies
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
11:15 Acute Respiratory Emergencies During Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD
Noon Disparities in Maternal Mortality & How to Reduce Them!
Washington C. Hill, MD
12:45pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:30 Adjourn for the Day
5:30-7:00 Group Reception
(Faculty, Participants, and Guests)

Thursday, November 19

8:00am EFM Interpretation & Management: A Standardized Approach
Lisa Miller, CNM, JD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break
10:15 Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD
11:00 When Trauma Occurs in Pregnancy
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
11:45 Metabolic Syndrome & Hyperinsulinemia
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Adjourn for the Day

Friday, November 20

3:00pm Small Group Breakouts – Session One
. • FHR Tracings Practicum
Lisa A. Miller, CNM, JD
. An Update on Prenatal Genetic Screening & Carrier Testing
Haywood Brown, MD
. • What We Know & Don’t Know About Marijuana, CBD, and Substance Use in Pregnancy
Washington C. Hill, MD
. • Pregnancy in Patients with Cancer
Cornelia R. Graves, MD
4:30 Break
4:45 Small Group Breakouts – Session Two
(Session One Topics Repeated)
6:15 Adjourn for the Day

Saturday, November 21

8:00am Acute Renal Failure in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
8:45 Decreasing the Primary Cesarean Delivery Rate
Haywood Brown, MD
9:30 Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
10:00 Break (hotel check-out, if applicable)
10:15 Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
11:00 Cervical Insufficiency: Evaluation & Management
(Rx= 15 minutes)
Haywood Brown, MD
11:45 Obstetric History & Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
12:30pm Questions & Answers
Group Discussion

Faculty Panel & Audience
1:15 Conference Adjourns

Rx = Pharmacology Content for Prescriptive Authority
will be granted for these sessions


Naples is graced with miles of white-sand beaches, beautiful weather, sumptuous restaurants, fine shopping, and entertainment. The Naples Pier, first erected in 1888, is the city’s symbol and a popular fishing and dolphin-spotting destination.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club promises you an experience you’ll always remember. Try kayaking or paddle boarding, or just take a walk along the white-sand beach and enjoy a short siesta in a cozy beach chair. Take a dip at Poolside, a multi-pool complex, just steps from the sand. The large recreational pool is perfect for play and exercise, while the smaller, more secluded, adult-only pool is just right for relaxing. The complex also includes two whirlpools and Poolside’s bar and grill, which serves cool drinks, spirits, and light fare overlooking the pools and the beach.

Enjoy the sun by getting in a game at the tennis court or golf course. With more than 80 championship golf courses in the Naples area, Naples is the self-titled “Golf Capital of the World”, claiming to have more holes per capita than any other community.

Just a short drive away is Everglades National Park, the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States – a place where you can tour the park with a ranger, photograph birds, take an afternoon hike, spot alligators basking in the sun, or ride an airboat through the marshes.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it in Naples, at our 27th Annual Fall Conference on Challenges in Taking Care of the High Risk Pregnancy.


Enrollment for this conference is limited in order to provide the best possible learning environment.
Early registration is advised.

You can register and receive conference lodging group rates by reserving the following ways:

On-line at our website, www.symposiamedicus.org; OR

Call Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), (925) 969-1789 with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR

By mail, make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send with registration form to 399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287.

Visit www.symposiamedicus.org or call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


If postmarked by
September 9, 2020
If postmarked after
September 9, 2020
Physicians $695 $795
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $595 $695

Discounts are available for retired healthcare providers, active U.S. military, and groups of three or more. For more information, please contact Symposia Medicus prior to registering.

Tuition includes continuing education, online access to session materials, and break refreshments for conference registrants. Tuition also includes group reception for faculty, registrants, and their guests.

Conference registration will be confirmed via email


Conference group rates have been arranged at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. PLEASE RESERVE EARLY as rooms may sell out and/or room rates may increase. If you wish to extend your stay, group rates may be available three days before and three days after the conference.

Two nights’ deposit (room rate only) must accompany your reservation. The balance of your lodging, hotel fees as stated below, and all incidental charges are due to the hotel. The hotel accepts most major credit cards.


Type of Room Group Rates
(Single/Double Occupancy)
Hotel View $279/night Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with views of the hotel grounds and golf course. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.
Gulf View $329/night Rooms range from 298-440 sq. ft. with partial views of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

Superior Gulf View

(Very limited, reserve early)

$369/night Rooms range from 298-600 sq. ft. with a direct front view of the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms include a refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, in-room safe, flat-screen TV, and a patio or balcony.

1-Bedroom Hotel View Suite

(Very limited, MUST call Symposia Medicus to reserve)


Suites range from 725-781 sq. ft. and differ by view.

All suites include a balcony, refreshed tropical décor, remodeled, enlarged bathrooms with new showers, vanities, and fixtures, as well as a separate bedroom from the living room, a dining area, and kitchenette.

1-Bedroom Gulf View Suite

(Very limited, MUST call Symposia Medicus to reserve)

Above group rates include:Complimentary wireless internet, in-room coffee, in-room safe,
unlimited local phone calls, use of pool and beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas (based on availability),
and unlimited use of the Fitness Center.


Hotel Policies

Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include 12% state and local taxes (subject to change

Maximum occupancy is four (4) in hotel rooms and six (6) in suites, regardless of age

Mandatory additional person charges (below) include additional lodging fee, daily buffet breakfast, taxes, and gratuities:
- Children 5 years and under are FREE
- Children 6 to 12 years old are $15/person, per night
- Occupants 13 years and older are $31/person, per night

Bed Type Requests: You can select one or two beds; however, requests cannot be guaranteed until check-in

Rollaway beds are available at an additional cost of $10 per night (subject to availability and change)

Cribs are available on a complimentary basis (subject to availability and change)

Check-in time is 4:00pm and check-out time is noon. A late check-out can only be confirmed on the date of departure by the front desk. Late check-outs are based on availability and additional charges may apply.

Credit/Debit Card Policy: Upon check-in, the hotel requires a credit card or debit card to ensure that funds are available. Holds are placed on your account for your entire stay, plus $50 per day for incidentals; however, the amount may be immediately deducted from your account. The length of time for which these holds remain on your credit or debit account varies from bank to bank.

Parking: Self and valet parking are complimentary

Cancellation Policies

Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email or mail) to Symposia Medicus and a
refund, less a 10% processing fee, will be given. No refunds will be made if cancellation is received after
October 14, 2020; however, tuition, less 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus

Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed/postmarked by September 16, 2020. Between September 17, 2020 and October 14, 2020, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After October 14, 2020, no hotel refunds can be made. 

All cancellations must be emailed to registrar@symposiamedicus.org OR mailed to Symposia Medicus. If mailed, it must be postmarked by the dates stated above.

In the unlikely event of conference cancellation by Symposia Medicus, full tuition and, if reservation was made with Symposia Medicus, hotel deposit refunds will be made. Symposia Medicus will not be responsible for refunding travel or any other expenses.


The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is located 12 minutes from Naples Municipal Airport (APF) and 40 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)/Ft. Myers and is served by most major airlines. For information on ground transportation, please visit our website.

Symposia Medicus has arranged for discount fares with Delta and United airlines for this conference. Reservations can be made either through your travel agency or through the airlines at the website or Convention Desk numbers listed below.

In order to receive the discounted rate, you or your travel agent must refer to the Symposia Medicus Group ID number listed here.

Delta Airlines For discounts on Delta Airlines, please visit www.delta.com, enter in your travel plans and then click on the “Advanced Search” link located below the “Passenger” box. Once you click on this link, a panel will appear and you will need to insert NMT7R in the “Meeting Code” box. For questions, please call the Delta Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 328-1111.
United Airlines For discounts on United Airlines, please visit www.united.com and click on Advanced Search, located on the bottom left corner of the “Book Travel” box. Once you click on this link, another page will appear. At the bottom of this page, you will insert ZH4W711859 in the “Promotions and Certificates” box at the end of the page. For questions, please call the United Airlines Convention Desk at (800) 426-1122.


For conference discounts, Symposia Medicus has made arrangements with AVIS and Budget Car Rentals. Reservations can be made by phone; please refer to the conference code and the conference/airport location when making your reservations. Please see below:

AVIS www.avis.com 800-331-1600 AWD # B766625
Budget www.budget.com 800-772-3773 BCD # U076767