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There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. Continuing education credit will be available. 



The Symposium aims to bring together healthcare professionals, policymakers, researchers, and community leaders to discuss and address the unique challenges mothers and individuals face in rural areas. This conference will delve into the various aspects of maternal and rural health, providing a platform for sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices. By fostering collaboration and dialogue, the symposium aims to develop innovative strategies and solutions to improve the overall well-being of mothers and rural communities.

Following the symposium, Healthy Birth Day, Inc. and a group of Stakeholders will continue building on the conversation and share an action plan developed from the Symposium. In early 2024 we will host a virtual webinar to continue the conversation on maternal and infant health inequities and solutions. 

This Symposium will focus on current data and trends happening in Iowa and the US in the maternal health areas and shared solutions. 

Target Audience

This conference is for anyone interested in maternal health. This includes rural healthcare clinics, federally qualified health centers, primary care staff, family medicine, OB/GYNs, midwives, doulas, nurses, physician assistants, medical residents and students, WIC consultants, home visitors, managed care organizations, health systems, journalists and Iowa lawmakers.


  • Setting the Stage: Research on Birthing Center Closures and Next Steps
  • Access to Maternity Care and Evidence-Based Supports for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Areas: The Role of Geography and Equity
  • The Role of Managed Care Organizations in Maternity Care: Panel Discussion
  • Fetal Movement Pathway Update: Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • An Intersectional Look at Prevalence, Causes, and Policy Solutions for Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in Rural Communities
  • Community-Based Solutions: Panel Discussion

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