Dear AWHONN Members...

I want you to know how thankful we were that Mary's Shelter was chosen to be showcased at your Conference. It was absolutely an honor!

I would like to thank all who donated so generously to this ministry. Mary's Shelter provides shelter (for up to two to three years of transitional time) to women and any children she has who find themselves homeless for one of many reasons during a pregnancy. Mary's Shelter provides women with safe, secure housing, giving appropriate time for our residents to seek employment or further education. Our hope is all our residents will be able to leave our homes and provide proper housing for their families and lead an independent lifestyle.

Mary's Shelter depends on donations from this community to keep our program running. We are thankful to all who attended the AWHONN Conference who gave so generously. Items such as diapers, wipes, baby clothing and supplies, along with monetary donations, were collected. All of this is much needed and much appreciated. Please know your donations will go along way in helping a young mother with her needs as she welcomes her new child into the world.

 I would like to apologize for sending this so late. As you know, the day of this event I had a family emergency, which required time and travel. I was called to attend to that same emergency over the next couple of weeks a few times. Needless to say between travel, family and Mary's Shelter, it is taking a while to catch up.

On behalf of the staff, residents, children and babies - a sincere thank you.


Kathleen Wilson, Director
Mary's Shelter, Fredericksburg

South Central Chapter Event

“What’s So Friendly About Baby Friendly?”
Translating Evidence Into Practice

SPEAKER: Erin Colleen Hamilton Spence, M.D.

DATE: Monday, October 20, 2014

TIME: 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Registration & Hors d'oeuvres
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Program

LOCATION: Liberty Mountain Conference Center
3700 Candlers Mountain Road
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

RSVP to Denise Doss at:

Jefferson Chapter Meeting

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014
Augusta Medical Center
78 Medical Center Drive
Fishersville, VA 22939
3WCR Conference Room

dinner served at 6pm
Program 6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Nurse of the Year Awards Gala

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Richmond Omni Hotel and Resort




The 2014 Conference Page now contains the speakers' presentations from the 2014 Virginia AWHONN Section Conference.


One Woman,
One Newborn,
One Thousand Strong!


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A Message from the Section Leader

After this long and cold winter, I think it is safe to say, “Spring is now here!” Spring brings rebirth: trees are blooming, bumble bees are buzzing, and the sun is shining brighter and warmer. For the most part, it is a beautiful time of year. Spring is normally the time Sections and regional areas have conferences, symposiums, and other educational events. I have had the privilege to attend three conferences this Spring to represent Virginia AWHONN. First I joined our Section friends in North Carolina for their conference in early April. Their conference was well attended and had great speakers. Next, I had the pleasure of representing VA AWHONN at the Carilion Perinatal Conference in Roanoke, VA. At this conference, I hosted a vendor table with our Blue Ridge Leader, Lora Davidson, and spoke about VA AWHONN during their luncheon. Lastly, I attended the Riverside Perinatal Symposium in Williamsburg, VA. I was joined by our Public Information Officer, Deanna Daniel, to recruit new members for AWHONN.

Personally I like attending conferences! It is a chance to meet new people, network, and learn new ideas, methods for best practice, and the latest research. Conferences always bring a new perspective of the job you and I do. There are two more conferences I plan to attend this year: the Annual National AWHONN Conference in Orlando, FL and the Virginia Section Conference in Fredericksburg, VA.

The AWHONN National Conference is always an exciting time, offering a wealth of information from presenters, vendors, and special activities. It is a chance to meet nurses and providers from across the country, to listen to top presenters, and a time for a little fun! Although I am excited about the National Conference, I am even more thrilled about the Virginia Section Conference. The Section Conference will be held in Fredericksburg, VA, at the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center. Fredericksburg is my place of birth and a key historical place for the birth of this nation.

The Rappahannock chapter is now busy finalizing events and presentations for all attendees. Registration for the Section Conference will be open June 1st and AWHONN members will be notified by email. The theme this year is “In Pursuit of Excellence”. Vince Lombardi is quoted as saying, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Please join me in Fredericksburg as we Pursue Excellence!!


Gerald Lowe
Virginia Section Leader


Awards and Honors

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Portsmouth, VA

Congratulations to Ermie Cruz, RN, BSN, Clinical Care Lead (right) Jane Payne, RN, BSN (center) & Sonja Bass, RN (left) who presented valuable information on the treatment of post-partum hemorrhage at the Nursing Grand Rounds on March 18, 2014. All participants in attendance received 1 CEU. All three presenters are active members of AWHONN.

Congratulations to Lavada Werner, RN, BSN, Clinical Care Lead (center), AWHONN member who was nominated for the Daisy Award in March 2014 along with Robin Wilson, (left) RN-C who was the Daisy Award recipient for the month of February 2012. Submitted by Jacquelyn Claude (pictured right) RN, MSPH, BSN


National AWHONN Conference
June 13 - 17, 2015

Conference Information

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