Designed for physicians, certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners, PAs, nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals who face challenges in the care of the high risk pregnant patient, our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Challenges in Taking Care of the High Risk Pregnancy takes place over the course of four days. Covering an array of topics including substance abuse, sleep apnea, obesity, hypertension, placenta accreta, and trauma, our expert faculty will discuss the latest evidence-based advancements in obstetric care, present emerging clinical data, and provide skills and strategies for application and implementation into your practice. This educational activity aims to increase both the competence and performance of all attendees as well as contribute to your ability to work together as part of a coordinated healthcare team.

Topics for this year’s conference have been selected based on the educational needs underlying 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 such as current clinical guidelines, research findings, literature reviews, and patient safety considerations.

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

The conference format includes didactic lectures, question and answer sessions, case studies, and small group breakouts. Following a group of lectures, the question and answer sessions allow attendees to ask the faculty critical and challenging questions about caring for patients during various obstetrical situations.

The breakout sessions, designed to facilitate even greater interaction between faculty and participants, offer an opportunity to engage in group 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.


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
  • Discuss educational strategies for patients and providers
  • 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
  • Apply the three fundamental sonographic findings of placenta accreta

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

If postmarked by
September 1, 2021
If postmarked after
September 1, 2021
Physicians $795 $895
Residents, Nurses, PAs, & All Others $695 $795
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.
For this conference, we are offering the below options for attendance:
In-Person: Attend in-person in the conference hotel meeting room. Tuition includes continuing education and online access to educational session materials. Continental breakfast on in-session days and break refreshments every day will be provided for conference registrants.

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

  • Online via this website (unless otherwise directed) OR:
  • Call (925) 969-1789 Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm (Pacific Time), with
      Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover; OR
  • By mail; make check payable to Symposia Medicus and send along with registration form to:
    399 Taylor Blvd., Suite 201, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523-2287

Conference registration will be confirmed via email.

Please call (925) 969-1789 for additional questions or information.


After 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, reviewing the educational session materials, and submitting the case studies test, evaluations, surveys, and verification of attendance 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 nursing continuing professional development 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 TM. 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 TM 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 TM

Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for Nurses
This activity is designated for a maximum of 6.25 pharmacotherapeutic credits towards meeting the requirement for nursing pharmacology continuing education. Sessions awarding pharmacotherapeutic credits are denoted with an Rx in the schedule. Please contact your state’s Board of Nursing for specific educational requirements as they may vary state to state.

Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
Assistant Clinical Professor, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; UCHealth Memorial Hospital; Colorado Springs, Colorado
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Senior Associate Vice President Academic Affairs, USF Heath; Senior Associate Dean, Morsani College of Medicine; University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG - Conference Co-Chairperson
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-Chairperson
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


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 educational session materials for this activity and speakers will provide a disclosure slide for each presentation which they will also disclose verbally onsite.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
8:15 AM Chronic Hypertension: Evaluation, Management, and Impact on Pregnancy Outcome & Long-Term Health
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
9:00 AM Management of Superobesity
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
9:45 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:30 AM Use of Oxytocin: Guidelines & Controversies
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
11:15 AM Acute Respiratory Emergencies During Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
12:00 PM Disparities in Maternal Mortality & How to Reduce Them!
Washington C. Hill, MD
12:45 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Thursday, November 11, 2021
8:00 AM Diagnosis & Management of Placenta Accreta
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
8:45 AM COVID-19: Lessons From the Front Line
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Prediction & Prevention of Preterm Birth
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
11:00 AM When Trauma Occurs in Pregnancy
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
11:45 AM Metabolic Syndrome & Hyperinsulinemia
(Rx = 30 minutes)
Cornelia R. Graves, MD, FACOG
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Friday, November 12, 2021
3:00 PM An Update on Prenatal Genetic Screening & Carrier Testing
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
3:00 PM Ultrasound Fundamentals
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
3:00 PM What We Know & Don’t Know About Marijuana, CBD, and Substance Use in Pregnancy
Washington C. Hill, MD
4:45 PM An Update on Prenatal Genetic Screening & Carrier Testing
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
4:45 PM Ultrasound Fundamentals
Mark Alanis, MD, MSCR, FACOG
4:45 PM What We Know & Don’t Know About Marijuana, CBD, and Substance Use in Pregnancy
Washington C. Hill, MD
Saturday, November 13, 2021
8:00 AM Acute Renal Failure in Pregnancy
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Suzanne McMurtry Baird, DNP, RN
8:45 AM Decreasing the Primary Cesarean Delivery Rate
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
9:30 AM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
10:15 AM Sleep Apnea in Pregnancy
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
11:00 AM Cervical Insufficiency: Evaluation & Management
(Rx = 15 minutes)
Haywood Brown, MD, FACOG
11:45 AM Obstetrical History & Cardiovascular Disease Risk
Judette Louis, MD, MPH
12:30 PM Questions & Answers / Group Discussion
Faculty Panel & Audience
Rx = Pharmacotherapeutic CEUs for nurses will be granted for these sessions

Conference group rates have been arranged at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Rooms at our group rates are limited and on a first come, first serve 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.

Standard Room(Single/Double) - $184/night

Garden View(Single/Double) - $234/night

Ocean Horizon View(Single/Double) - $244/night

Ocean View(Single/Double) - $274/night

All guest rooms are 450 sq. ft. and include one king bed & pull out queen-size sofa bed or two queen beds, balcony or patio, internet access, 48 inch TV, air conditioning, coffee maker, mini-fridge, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, electric safe, and a large work desk.

By booking your lodging with Symposia Medicus, the Resort Fee charge of $25.00 per room, per night is WAIVED. The Resort Fee includes: high-speed internet access, in-room coffee, newspaper, local calls, use of the health club, pool and beach access and towels, and self-parking. Items listed are subject to change.

For information regarding COVID-19, health, and safety at the hotel, please visit:

Hotel Policies

  • Above conference group rates are per room, per night and do not include the following (subject to change):
    - 11% state & local taxes
    - $2 destination fee
  • Maximum guestroom occupancy is four, regardless of age
  • Mandatory additional occupant charge (19 years & older) is $15 per person, per night
  • Children 18 years & under are complimentary
  • 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 $25 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 11:00am. 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.
  • Early Departure Fee: If you must depart early, please notify the hotel 12 hours in advance or you will be charged for that day
  • 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 $25 per day for estimated 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-parking is complimentary for conference guests. Valet is $15 per day (subject to change).

Cancellation Policies

  • Conference cancellations must be made in writing (via email) 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 6, 2021; however, tuition, less a 10% processing fee, may be applied to a future Symposia Medicus conference.
  • Per our hotel contract, hotel reservation cancellations must be made in writing to Symposia Medicus and you will receive a full refund if emailed by September 8, 2021. Between September 9, 2021 and October 6, 2021, one night’s deposit is forfeited. After October 6, 2021, no hotel refunds can be made.
  • All cancellations must be emailed to 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.

Each registrant will have online access to educational session materials. The educational session materials will be available for download approximately one week prior to the conference (you’ll receive an email with instructions).

If you are unable to attend this conference, you may purchase an electronic copy of the educational session materials one week after the conference. Please email for more information.

We recommend you fly into Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), which is an approximate 48-mile drive to the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. The closest airport is the Hilton Head Island Airport (HXD), which is an approximate 7 mile drive to the hotel; however, flights are usually more expensive. 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.

Please check directly with the airlines for updated information on their COVID-19 policies.

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, 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 NY34X 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 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 ZJVS420980 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.


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

AWD # B766625

BCD # U076767

Experience South Carolina, with its “low country” hospitality, year-round inviting temperatures, and casually elegant setting. Hilton Head Island, located at the southernmost tip of the state, directly along the Atlantic Ocean, offers a unique blend of recreational, environmental, and cultural amenities– including twelve miles of white sand beaches, first-rate golf, award-winning dining, and great shopping–all set in a nature-conscious, picturesque environment.

Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island sits on 11 acres of beautifully landscaped beachfront grounds and features a spectacular swimming pool, on-site bicycle rentals, and world-class golf and tennis facilities.

Near the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island is the Van Der Meer Tennis Center and Shipyard Golf Courses (27 holes), both of which are enjoyed year-round in the pleasant South Carolina coastal climate. Also nearby are water sports, restaurants, boutique and outlet shopping, art galleries, and luxurious day spas.

Whatever your pleasure, you’ll be sure to find it on Hilton Head Island, at our 28th Annual Fall Conference on Challenges in Taking Care of the High Risk Pregnancy.