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Dr. Kelly Baumgartel Receives March of Dimes Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together"

Thursday, July 13, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Pittsburgh Nurse Receives the March of Dimes Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda

"Saving Babies, Together®” Award

—Dr. Kelly Baumgartel Accepts the AWHONN-March of Dimes Grant —

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) today presented the March of Dimes Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together®" Award to Kelley Baumgartel, PhD, RN, for her study entitled, “The Sleep Experience of Mothers with Hospitalized Preterm Infants and Subsequent Breast Milk Volumes.” Dr. Baumgartel’s research illustrates the unique sleep experience of NICU mothers, and examines if maternal sleep influences subsequent breast milk volumes. The award was presented at AWHONN's annual convention in New Orleans, LA.

The March of Dimes Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda "Saving Babies, Together®" Award is presented annually to an experienced investigator whose research reflects the common commitment of the March of Dimes and AWHONN’s mission to promote the health of women and newborns. The award is supported through an educational grant from the March of Dimes and is named for long-time AWHONN member and nurse researcher, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. Dr. Freda was the first and long-time chairperson of the March of Dimes Nurse Advisory Council.

"Dr. Baumgartel’s research is critical to improving the practices of nurses caring for mothers with preterm infants,” said AWHONN's Chief Executive Officer, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Her important work will help advance breast milk composition and its impact on neonatal outcomes.”

Dr. Baumgartel is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh.  Her clinical experience is in perinatal care. She received a Post Doctorate in Postpartum Sleep and Milk Microbiomics from the University of Pittsburgh, her PhD in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research efforts are focused on how modifiable maternal factors may optimize breast milk immunobiology for preterm infants. She is on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Mother’s Milk Bank.  


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