Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Healthy Mom - Healthy Baby Conference
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NUR 1.112

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am)

Location: NUR 1.112 | School of Nursing | 1710 Red River St., Austin, Texas

*Credit: Earn up to 7.0 Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) Credit

Cost: $65 (Light breakfast and Lunch is included.)

Registration: Registration for this event has closed. 

Parking: Self-parking is available for a fee in Trinity Garage (TRG) and Health Center Garage (HCG).

Accommodations: Visit Austin - Places to Stay provides a list of accommodations.

Contact: If you have any questions, call at 512-471-7961 or email us at

*The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Texas Nurses Association - Approver, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Welcome to The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing’s inaugural Healthy Mom - Healthy Baby Conference; a professional education opportunity for nurses who care for moms, babies, and families.

Nurses play an essential role as a liaison between parents, children, and health care professionals in contributing to the health of the mother-baby family unit. The Healthy Mom - Healthy Baby initiative is a new collaboration between The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and the Nurse-Family Partnership® focused on the mother-baby family population and providing nurses with related educational opportunities. This conference is designed for registered nurses who work with this population, or nurses who are considering making a career change. We aim to offer tools and resources to enhance nursing practice by providing current evidence-based education on mother-baby fundamental and complex health issues. It will be an informative day of learning, networking, and building a mother-baby tool box for improving or refreshing your practice.

This is our first, but not last, Healthy Mom - Healthy Baby event, and we consider it an investment in our community, parents, children, and you. Please join us!


Registration for this event is open from April 25, 2019 – June 12, 2019. Space is limited. 

*Cost: $65

Online Registration: Registration for this event has closed. 

Purchase Order: For groups registering by Purchase Order, please contact Deanna Baker at or by phone 512-471-7961.

Refunds: The last day to cancel your registration and receive a full refund is May 29, 2019, by 5 p.m. Substitutions from the same agency are allowed at any time with prior notification to the registrar (email

*Note: All rates include a light breakfast, lunch & t-shirt. Preferred t-shirt size may not be available if registered after May 22, 2019.


Time Program
7:30 - 8:15 am Registration, Welcome, and Light Breakfast
8:15 - 9:15 am Linda Zeccola, BSN, RN, IBCLC
The Early Weeks of Breastfeeding: Helping New Moms Be Successful
9:30 - 10:30 am Liane MacPherson, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Updates in Family Planning Methods
10:45 - 11:45 am Laura Murphy, MSN, RNC-OB
Complex Prenatal/Postnatal Complications: Early Identification and Management
11:45 - 12:30 am Lunch and Vendors
12:30 - 1:00 pm Patricia Solum-Hamilton, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Lactation Support & Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Research Regarding Nipple Pain Etiology & Treatment
1:15 - 2:15 pm Michelle Poole, MS, RN, IBCLC, Community Engagement Coordinator
Jessica C. Leyendecker, MPH, Communications Strategist
Asia Sartor, BHWP, CHES, IBCLC, Peer Counselor Coordinator
Updates for Community Support and Resource Panel
2:30 - 3:30 pm Brittany Christiansen, DNP, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, FNP-C, AE-C
Infant Assessment Pearls: Early Identification of Common and Uncommon Diseases and Conditions
3:30 - 5:00 pm Michael Svoboda, RN, MSN, CPNP and Stephanie Gonzalez LMSW
Child Abuse and Domestic Partner Violence


Linda Zeccola, BSN, BSN, RN, IBCLC
Linda’s hospital experience has included Labor/Delivery and Postpartum as well as Medical -Surgical departments. She taught prenatal classes for parents for 10 years and worked as a parent educator at Seton Medical Center. She became a Certified Lactation Consultant in 1986 and has had her own private practice in lactation. Linda taught classes in breastfeeding management for the State of Texas WIC program in the 1990s, and then returned to hospital work as a lactation consultant and nurse at Seton Northwest in 1997, seeing inpatients and outpatients until 2013. She then worked for the state WIC program as a trainer for 3 years, traveling around the state speaking to nurses and nutritionists about breastfeeding management. In 2016, she began working at St David's South Austin as a lactation consultant, where she still works on an as-needed basis. In 2017, Linda started working at Mom's Place breastfeeding support center part-time as a lactation consultant, where she also still continues to work, giving presentations at staff meetings.

Liane MacPherson, RN, CNM, IBCLC
Liane has been working in women’s health care for 32 years; initially as a Labor & Delivery RN and for the past 19 years, as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She’s also a lactation consultant. Liane has been a childbirth educator, as well as a midwifery professor and is currently part-time faculty with Georgetown University’s graduate midwifery program. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies at Georgetown University. Liane has trained and worked in a variety of places and settings including; Canada, Haiti, Germany, England, Ireland, and the U.S. She was in collaborative private practice in Austin for 10 years and has since moved on and is currently the CNM Director for the OB Hospitalist program at North Austin, St. David’s Medical Center.

Laura Murphy, MSN, RNC-OB
Laura received her BSN and MSN in maternity nursing from The University of Texas School of Nursing. Laura has been teaching maternity nursing at UT Austin for 6 years and has been practicing in maternity nursing for 13 years. Laura has experience working in labor and delivery, postpartum, and newborn nursery. She has also taught practicum courses at various hospitals in the area.

Patricia Hamilton-Solum, PhD, RN, IBCLC
Dr. Hamilton-Solum is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Texas School of Nursing at Austin, where she has taught the clinical nursing practice to pediatric and perinatal nursing students since 2008. Her clinical nursing practice experience also includes 11 years in NICU nursing and 9 years in hospital clinical quality improvement and 15 years of teaching community childbirth preparation and prenatal breastfeeding classes. Her passion for supporting lactating mothers began as a breastfeeding mother of 4 as well as in working with NICU mothers. Her dissertation work is focused on breastfeeding mothers employed outside of the home and she participates in multiple evidence-based efforts related to maternal child health. She has held International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) certification since 2013 and is an active member of The International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) and the 2020 ILCA conference planning committee. Her interest in international perinatal health also includes current global classroom projects at UT.  

Michelle Poole, MS, RN, IBCLC
Michelle is a nurse, a counselor, and an IBCLC and works for the state WIC team as the Community Engagement Coordinator. She is experienced in assisting breastfeeding mother/baby dyads in home, hospital and outpatient settings as well as developing, conducting and evaluating breastfeeding training. She strives to build a stronger lactation support infrastructure into communities of need and help all mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.

Jessica C. Leyendecker, MPH
Jessica has over 7 years of experience with USDA Food and Nutrition Programs. She holds a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Texas School of Public Health. As the WIC Communications Strategist, Jessica coordinates WIC outreach and partnership strategies. 

Asia Sartor, BHWP, CHES, IBCLC
Asia is the Peer Counselor Coordinator for Texas WIC. She oversees the Loving Support grant and the Peer Counselor program. She holds a Bachelors in Health and Wellness Promotion from Texas State University and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Public Health Education and Promotion. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Asia brings a unique and valuable perspective to the State WIC office. She started her journey with WIC as a client then later became a breastfeeding peer counselor and IBCLC for the City of Austin WIC program. Asia credits WIC for changing her life and she is very passionate about the program in return.

Brittany Christiansen, DNP, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC/AC, FNP-C, AE-C
Dr. Christiansen is a pediatric and family nurse practitioner in emergency and urgent care departments. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing and teaches courses in pediatric clinical, advanced health assessment, and DNP practicums. Her areas of interest include advance practice regulations, childhood chronic illness, and asthma education. She is a certified asthma educator and former board member of the Association of Asthma Educators. She currently serves as President of Texas DNP and President-Elect of TANC: The Texas Austin NAPNAP Chapter. Dr. Christiansen has experience working in a variety of specialties including NICU, Surgical/Trauma ICU, emergency nursing, and asthma case management.

Michael Svoboda, RN, MSN, CPNP
Michael is one of the medical providers on the Child Abuse Resource and Education (CARE) Program at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Mr. Svoboda obtained his Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas of Austin and is certified by the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Primary Care. Mr. Svoboda’s nursing background includes neurology and neurosurgical nursing and he is DAISY Award winner for extraordinary nursing. Mr. Svoboda is a member of the Travis County Child Protection Team and also provides a medical review of children suspected of being victims of abuse and/or neglect for the 45 counties surrounding Travis County through the Forensic Assessment Center Network. In addition to his clinical duties, Mr. Svoboda has a zest for providing education on child abuse/neglect to medical students, pediatric residents, nurse practitioners, nurses, fellow members of the child protection team and the community-at-large.

Stephanie Gonzalez, MSW
Stephanie is a Licensed Master Social Worker with the Child Abuse Resource and Education (CARE) team at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Ms. Gonzalez obtained her Master of Science in Social Work degree from The University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Gonzalez’s social work experience includes hospital social work. One of her interests includes the intersect between health care and the Hispanic/Latino populations.


The evaluations for this event has closed. Please contact Lisa Costa at if you have any questions.


Following vendors will be at NUR 1.106 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.

  • Agape Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Family Connect
  • La Leche League of Texas
  • Mom’s Place
  • Nurse Family Partnerships at Any Baby Can
  • Women’s Health and Family Planning of Texas (WHFPT)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)