Improving Perinatal Care

Mom with a baby

University of Missouri’s Show-Me ECHO program and the Missouri Hospital Association are focusing efforts to address challenges in perinatal care by creating a Missouri Moms and Babies ECHO. This ECHO’s team will share information about evidence-based practices, innovation, collaboration and community networks. Providers interested in improving care and outcomes for mothers and babies throughout Missouri may join the ECHO’s interactive online sessions the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 12 to 1 p.m. Click here to download ECHO flyer.


Topics for Learning and Discussion

Case-based learning sessions for Missouri Moms and Babies ECHO will address such topics as:

  • Infections (Non-COVID) During Pregnancy: Syphilis, Hepatitis, STI Screening
  • Fourth Trimester: Maternal Mortality
  • Evidence-Based Labor: Before, Induction, First Stage
  • Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
  • Mental Health: Bipolar, Anxiety, SUD, Overdoses
  • Pregnancy Support: Doula, Homebirths, Midwives, Breastfeeding, Lactation, Special Populations
  • Equity: Trauma-Informed and Transgender Obstetrics Care, Social Aspects to Maternal and Neonatal Care
  • Pregnancy and COVID
  • Medical Management of Common Pregnancy Comorbidities: Dermatologic Disorders, Autoimmune Disorders, Diabetes, Obesity, Antepartum Fetal Surveillance
  • Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR)
  • Maternal Mortality

Click here for complete curriculum schedule.

What Does This ECHO Offer?

  • No cost continuing education for professionals
  • Collaboration, support and ongoing learning with specialist physicians and other experts
  • Community-level patient care improvements
  • No cost to participating sites or individuals

Meet the Expert Team

Amanda Stephens, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Independent contractor

Laura Vricella, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Mercy Health System

Kimberly Brandt, DO, Psychiatry, University of Missouri Health System

Eboni January, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Independent contractor for several clinics

Alicia Forinash, PharmD, Pharmacist, University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy

Jennifer Salmons, RN, Charge Nurse, University of Missouri Health System

Mary Killday, MSW, Social Worker, University of Missouri Health System

Karen Lynn Florio, DO, MPH, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Saint Luke’s Health System

Daphne LeMon, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology, CoxHealth

Samuel Julian, MD, Neonatology, Washington University School of Medicine

Anjali Anders, MD, Neonatology, University of Missouri Health System

Jennifer Salmons, RN, Charge Nurse, University of Missouri Health System

Alison Williams, MBA-HCM, RN, BSN, CPHQ, LSSGB, Vice President, Clinical Quality Improvement, Missouri Hospital Association

CME Information

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Office of Continuing Education, School of Medicine, University of Missouri designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.