Join Us November 15-16, 2023!

We're headed back to Hickory!

Join us at the Hickory Metro Convention Center 
1960 13th Avenue Drive SE, Hickory, NC


Register Now!

Registration Fee:
Limit: 150 participants - Register Early!
$125 —Registration fee for one day (Wednesday or Thursday)
$245 —Registration fee for full two day conference
$230 —Registration fee per person when a group of three or more registrations are scanned and attached
 to the same email or mailed in the same envelope

(Group Discount: $230 per person for two-day registration when three or more registrations are scanned and attached to the same email, mailed in the same envelope or included in the same fax.)

Gravidas at Risk is an annual 2-day statewide perinatal conference designed to address both inpatient and outpatient care.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the unique nutrition needs in pregnancy and postpartum.
  • Manage gestational diabetes with dietary interventions.
  • Address dietary concerns with a weight-neutral approach.
  • Define Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
  • Understand the impact of prenatal alcohol exposure on the developing brain.
  • Identify common characteristics of FASD across the lifespan.
  • Recognize the contribution of IVF and ART to high risk pregnancy.
  • Outline differences in prenatal management as determined by type of multiple gestation.
  • List suggested changes in prenatal care for IVF pregnancies.
  • List challenges associated with caring for families with a substance-exposed pregnancy.
  • Learn mindfulness self-care practices, meditative breathing, and therapeutic stretch exercises  to reduce stress and/or burnout.

Hotel Information
Hickory Courtyard Marriott
1946 13th Avenue Drive SE 
Hickory, North Carolina 28602
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hickory Courtyard Marriott just steps from the convention center. Book online or call 828-267-2100 to reserve your room. Reservations must be made by October 24, 2023 to receive the event discount rate of $154-159 (plus tax) per night.



Monica T. Brown, MPH
Associate Director Of Operations
Downtown Health Plaza & Winston East Pediatrics
Winston-Salem, NC

Carol C. Coulson, MD, FACOG
Professor, University of North Carolina at 
Chapel Hill 
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mountain Area Health Education Center
Director, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Program Director, Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship
Asheville, NC

Jeffrey M. Denney MD, MS, FACOG
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics/ Gynecology
Section for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist
Winston-Salem, NC

Kathryn Gantt, MHS, RD, LDN, RYT 200
Owner, Kathryn Gantt Nutrition
Asheville, NC

Amy Hendricks, BS
Prevention and Training Coordinator
Proof Alliance NC, The Arc of North Carolina 
Asheville, NC

Joseph Stringfellow, MD
Program Coordinator, Centering Pregnancy
Downtown Health Plaza Obstetrics and 
Winston-Salem, NC

Amber Welborn, PhD, RNC-MNN
Assistant Professor 
Department of Nursing 
Beaver College of Health Sciences 
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC

Jill White-Huffman, LCMHC, MFT, LMBT
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor,
Marriage Family Therapist, 
Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist 
Greensboro, NC










  • 9.0 Contact Hours from Northwest AHEC (5.0 for day 1 and 4.0 for day 2)
  • 0.9 CEUs from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (.50 for day 1 and .40 for day 2)
  • 9.0 Nursing Contact Hours
    Northwest Area Health Education Center (NWAHEC) is approved as a provider of nursing continuing 
    professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the 
    American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 


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Who Should Attend?

View of pregnant woman waiting for prescriptionNurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, social workers, educators and other healthcare professionals who caring for the childbearing family in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Northwest AHEC and Wake Forest Baptist Health provide compassionate education and respectful care for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

For More Information or Assistance

If you have questions about registering for this activity or need auxiliary aids or special services to attend, please contact Lisa Thomas at least five working days before the activity at 336-713-7729 or lisathom@wakehealth.edu.


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