Dr. Neel Shah

Key Note Speaker

Dr. Neel Shah, MD
Obstetrician Gynecologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Faculty at Harvard University

Dr. Shah is an expert in designing, testing, and spreading system interventions that improve the safety, affordability, and experience of patient care.


Monday April 24th

8:00-9:00 Registration and Breakfast 
9:00-9:20 Conference Opening  
Value Based Health Care for Mothers and Babies
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Neel Shah 
Driving Quality in Maternal Newborn Care - Effect of Implementation of the Maternal Newborn Dashboard in Ontario
10:50-11:20 Break & Exhibits  
11:20-12:20  Concurrent Session - 1  
Validation Cesarean Section Moms and Babies
11:20 A Data-Driven and Safety-Orientated Approach to Evaluating Change of Sampling Time Policy for Neonatal Screens

Emeril Santander

Cesarean Sections for Abnormal Fetal Heart Tracings: Setting Indicators of Appropriateness based on Neonatal Outcomes

Dr. Stephanie Ahken

Designing and Implementing an Innovative Breastfeeding Program for Young Women through a Youth-informed Process

Christina Cantin & Nicole Olive

11:40 A Data Validation Exercise between the CIHI-DAD and the BORN Information System

Dr. Qun (Grace) Miao

Previous Cesarean Section and Late Preterm Birth  

Abdool Yasseen

Neonatal Pain Management: Barriers to and Facilitators of Data Entry in the Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario Information System

Catherine Larocque


Developing Analytic Guidance for Infant Feeding Surveillance using the Locally Driven Collaborative Project Retrospective 6-month Single Time Point Questionnaire

Jessica Deming & Sandy Dupuis

Perceptions of Healthcare Providers Regarding Skin-to-Skin Contact at Cesarean Births

Megan Furnivall

Making an Impact through an Innovative Youth-informed Breastfeeding Program for Young Women: Evaluating Self-efficacy

Christina Cantin

12:20-13:30 Lunch & Exhibits & Posters   
13:30-14:30  Concurrent Session - 2  
Women & Families VBAC Exposures/Risks
13:30 Perinatal Care Experiences of Women with Physical Disabilities in Ontario

Lesley Tarasoff

Developing a VBAC Quality Standard to Improve Uptake and Using BORN Data to Monitor VBAC Rates in Ontario

Diana An

Difference in Hospital Length of Stay for Neonates with In-Utero Exposure to Buprenorphine, Methadone and Illicit Opioids

Dr. Sarah Fernandez

13:50 Using Mobile Apps to Facilitate Reporting of Vaccination Status. Preliminary Results of a Pilot Study with BORN, ImmunizeCA and Ottawa Public Health

Katherine Atkinson

Predicting VBAC Success at Admission to Hospital

Dr. Patricia Janssen

Relationship between Body Mass Index (BMI) and Lipophilic Persistent Organic Pollutants (L-POPs) Levels in Women of the Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) Study

Marianne Levesque

14:10 Maternal Health Outcomes among Indigenous People living in Toronto

Dr. Janet Smylie & Sara Wolfe

Trial of Labour Compared with Repeat Planned Cesarean Delivery in Morbidly Obese Women with Prior Cesarean Delivery: Impact on Neonatal Outcomes

E Mei-Dan

Comparing Definitions of Severe Obesity in Young Children: A Cross-sectional Study of TARGet Kids! and BORN Ontario

Meloja Satkunam

14:30-15:00 Poster Viewing Session  
Victories and Lessons Learned: Integrating CANS DP-ASP with the BORN Information System
Geoff Barnum
Creating Safe Options for Birth Settings - A Crucial Conversation!
16:30 Adjourn  


Tuesday April 25th

8:00-9:00        Registration and Breakfast
9:00-9:10 Conference Day 2 Opening  
IVF Funding in Ontario – How Do We Define Success?
Prenatal Screening in Ontario: Past, Present and Future - Using data to inform policy
10:10-10:40 OCAP is the Key to Unlocking the Value of First Nations Data
Carmen Jones & Roseanne Sutherland
10:40-11:15 Break & Exhibits  
11:15-12:15 Concurrent Session - 3  
Systems Midwifery Diabetes
11:15 Use of Maternal Newborn Audit and Feedback System in Ontario: A case Study Comparison

Jessica Reszel

Outcomes Associated with Planned Place of Birth in Low-Risk Women Attended by Midwives in Ontario, 2006-2009: A Retrospective Cohort Study

Dr. Eileen Hutton 

Trends of Gestational Diabetes in Canada: 2004-2014

Dr. Chantal Nelson 

11:35 A Population-based Comparison of Obstetrical Practices and Outcomes for Preterm Infants between France and Ontario

Abdool Yasseen

Midwifery Care for Uninsured Women: A Look at the Numbers


Dr. Liz Darling

Induction of Labor Before 40 weeks is Associated with Lower Rate of Cesarean Section in Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Dr. Nir Melamed

11:55 Postnatal Prediction of Gestational Age using Newborn Fetal Hemoglobin Levels

Dr. Steven Hawken

Outcomes and Patterns of Midwifery Care Received by Women and Their Infants in Ontario Between 2006-2009

Dr. Eileen Hutton

Assessing Maternal and Infant Health Outcomes among Women with Gestational or Pre-existing Diabetes

Dr. Chantal Nelson

12:15-13:30 Lunch & Exhibits & Posters   
13:30-14:00 Neonatal Outcomes in the Era of Periviability: The Journey of Ontario's Tiniest Babies
Dr. Paige Church
14:00-14:30 Screening Tiny Hearts in Ontario – The CCHD Launch
Jennifer Milburn – Newborn Screening Ontario
14:30-15:00 Making Ontario Baby-Friendly 
Unlocking Value – Have We Turned the Key?
15:30 Evaluation & Adjourn

Poster Presentations

  • Does Choice of Delivery Method in the Obese Mother Impact Neonatal Outcomes? Lisa Currie, Laura Gaudet, & Mark Walker
  • Maternal Outcomes for Patients with Adherent Placenta after Changing Management Policy in a Tertiary Center in Guangzhou, China Wen Sub
  • North Simcoe Muskoka and West Parry Sound Health Centre Women and Children Community of Practice: Unlocking the Value of Regional Collaboration, Pat CampbellMeghan Gyorffy, Andy Mills, Kate Rheault, Aimee Stinson, & Shawn Virtue
  • Research Advancement through Cohort Cataloguing and Harmonization (ReACH): a Maelstrom Research Initiative Facilitating Collaborative DOHaD Research Rachel Massicotte, Julie Bergeron, Dany Doiron, Vincent Ferretti, Isabel Fortier
  • The Right Data to the Right People - Sharing Immunization Data between Family Doctors and Public Health Units Michael Kotuba
  • Kid eConnect, Child 0 - 5, Well-Baby Visit Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Integration Project Nancy Novak
  • Beyond BMI: Partnering to Build a Childhood Healthy Weights Surveillance System in Ontario Kathy Moran, Lesley Andrade, Sarah Collier, Susan Snelling
  • Rate of Stillbirth and Post-Delivery Death in Singleton Pregnancies by Pre-Pregnancy Body Mass Index (BMI) Monica Gad, Andrea Lanes, Josee Champagne, & Laura Gaudet
  • Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Systematic Review Mariam Ouedraogo, Monica Gad, Mark Walker, Laura Gaudet, & David Moher
  • The Effect of Very Advanced Maternal Age on Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes: A Systematic Review J. Leader, A. Bajwa, A. Lanes, L. Hua, R. Rennicks-White, N. Rybak, & M. Walker
  • Implementing an Automated Error Report to Improve Data Quality Ashley Liu & Angie Stein
  • Sharing Postnatal Length of Stay Data to Enhance the Transition to Home Following Birth Lauren Rivard, Christina Cantin, & Marie Josée Trépanier
  • Maternal Health Status in a Northern Health Unit Asma Razzaq, Chantal Riopel
  • Implementing a Quiet Time on Mother Baby Unit Nathalie Gelinas & Danielle Hull
  • BORN ISCIS Integration for HBHC Screening Paula Morrison, Gillian Alton, Barbara Dominic, & Riffaat Mamdani
  • Breastfeeding in Nova Scotia: Data to ∆ Leeanne Lauzon, John Fahey, & Tina Swinamer
  • Organizational Readiness for Knowledge Translation (OR4KT) in Ontario Maternal Newborn Hospitals: Results of a Provincial Survey Deborah Weiss, Sandra Dunn, Ann Sprague, Liz Darling, Ian Graham, JoAnn Harrold, Andrea Lanes, Wendy Peterson, Jessica Reszel, Monica Taljaard, Carolyn Truskoski, Deshayne Fell, & Jeremy Grimshaw
  • Mapping Breastfeeding Data in Ontario to Demonstrate Outcomes Hiltrud Dawson
  • Role of an Expert Advisory: Exploring the Work of BORN Ontario's Maternal Newborn Outcomes Neonatal Subcommittee Brittany Irvine, Laurel Silenzi, & Erika Bariciak
  • Audit of Pulse Oximetry Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) in Newborns Philip Hough,  Marnie Lightfoot, Alan Hudak, Michelle Gordon, Sarah Barker, Rob Meeder, Melanie Colpitts, Jane Roberts, & W.G. Smith
  • Analysis of the Effect of Cesarean Delivery Indications on Outcomes of Newborn Apgar Score at 5 Minutes and Perinatal Death Mary Kwakyepeprah, Mark Walker, Doug Coyle, Ann Sprague, & Shi Wu Wen
  • Are Women with a Twin Pregnancy at Increased Risk for Gestational Diabetes? Nir Melamed, Rania Okby, Howard Berger, Guo Yanfang, Catherine Riddell, Ann Sprague, & Jon Barrett
  • Data Quality in the Ontario Midwifery Program Database (2006 to 2009) Eileen Hutton, Adriana Cappelletti, Angela Reitsma, Julia Simioni, Jordyn Horne, Caroline McGregor, & Rashid Ahmed
  • Screening Card Inventory Audit Examining Product Waste Michael Kowalski, Jennifer Milburn, Emeril Santander, & Megan Sayer
  • A Dedicated Neonatal Transport Unit Pilot Program - An Innovative Partnership Cheryl Aubertin, Stephanie Redpath, Gabriela Speck, & Amisha Agarwal
  • Advancing Quality and Safety in Obstetrical Services in Canada Joanna Noble, Jonathan Mitchelle, Viktoria Roman, Joanna Noble, Polly Stevens, Arlene Kraft, & Charmaine Roye, Gordon Wallace, & James Ruiter
  • Data Quality for Sentinel Congenital Anomalies in Ontario Qun (Grace) Miao, Cathy Ottenhof, Aideen Moore, & Shelley Dougan
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia on Transport: Challenging Time and Geography Stephanie Redpath, Heather Moore, & Nick Barrowman
  • Neonatal Outcomes by Mode of Delivery in Women with Morbid Obesity: Trial of Labour Compared with Planned Cesarean Delivery E Mei-Dan, 
  • Getting from Here to There…. End-to-End Patient Journey – Cesarean Births Leanne McCullough