North Carolina Perinatal Association

A Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

Improving Perinatal Health Throughout the State

The North Carolina Perinatal Association provides leadership, education, and advocacy for healthy mothers and healthy infants.

Our Story

The North Carolina Perinatal Association: “A Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies” was formed in 1985 as a non-profit organization.

This organization aims to improve perinatal health for childbearing families throughout the state.

The Mission

Our mission is to improve perinatal health for childbearing families throughout the state by providing continuing education for perinatal providers across North Carolina and increasing awareness of advocacy issues related to maternal and neonatal health.

Our main areas of focus are advocacy and education. We are continuously developing an effective advocacy effort with the North Carolina state legislature and building coalitions with other organizations to engage in cooperative efforts to improve perinatal health.

Educational efforts focus on informing members, policymakers, and the public about issues related to healthy mothers, healthy babies, and healthy families.

Our membership and leadership are vital for the NCPA to accomplish these goals.

Board of Directors

President

President

Tara Owens Shuler

M.Ed., LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA)

President-elect

Venus Standard

UNC School of Medicine, Dept of Family Medicine/Women’s Health – Maternal and Child Health

Welcome to the NC Perinatal Association! Join me in exploring professional education opportunities, evidence-based practice updates, and advocacy efforts to support the health and well-being of persons of childbearing age. With an active multi-disciplinary group of people passionate about addressing health and healthcare disparities across our state, we can make a difference! We can make sure expectant and new parents have the support and resources they need to thrive.
Our Members-Only resource area will be updating and expanding to meet the needs of members in the coming months, but we need YOU. Join or renew your membership today!

Past President

Past President

Lori Hubbard, PhD, RN, IBCLC

Assistant Professor, Nursing Lactation Services, Cone Health Alamance Regional

Treasurer

Rhonda K. Lanning DNP,CNM,LCCE,IBCLC,RN

  • Assistant Professor University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing
  • Program Coordinator, Birth Partners The UNC Volunteer Doula Service Program UNC Medical Center

    Secretary

    Secretary

    Erin Crites

     

    • Albemarle Maternal Mental Health Coalition
    • The Villages of North Carolina, Founder
    • Postpartum Support International Area Coordinator

    Regional Board Representatives

    Amber Welborn

    Amber Welborn

    PhD, RNC-MNN

    • Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University Department of Nursing
    • Clinical area: Maternal-Child Nursing
    • Research area: Substance-exposed pregnancies; Stigma; Bias; Trauma

    Judy Lupo

    RN, BSN

    I am retired from the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. I was a nursing supervisor over Maternal Health, High-Risk Pregnancies, and Nurse-Family Partnership.

    Presently. I am serving as the Membership Chair and participating on the Awards Committee. I live just north of Winston-Salem, NC.

    A special project where I also volunteer my services is at the Winston-Salem Rescue Mission Medical Clinic. I am the lead nurse for the Monday clinic which serves the homeless and uninsured.

    Jennifer Check

    Jennifer Check

    MD, MS

    • Assistant Professor, Division of Neonatology
    • Medical Director of NICU Follow Up Clinic
    • Co-Director of Comprehensive Infant Clinic

    Betsy Bryant

    RNC, MSN, IBCLC, LCCE

    • Women’s and Children’s Services- Lactation and Maternity & Family Education Atrium Health Cleveland

    Frieda Norris

    RN, BSN, MPH, LCCE

    • Perinatal Educator Caromont Birthplace;  Labor Support/Lamaze childbirth educator trainer
    Tara Owens Shuler

    Tara Owens Shuler

    M.Ed., LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA)

    I have over 30 years of public health work experience, ranging from maternal and child health programming to health professions workforce development programs. I am the Maternal Health Branch Head in the NC Division of Public Health/Women, Infant, and Children Wellness Section.  I am also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and a DONA-certified Birth Doula.  I co-direct the North Carolina Perinatal Association Lamaze Childbirth Educator Program.

    Lori Hubbard

    Lori Hubbard

    PhD, RN, IBCLC

    • Assistant Professor, Nursing Lactation Services, Cone Health Alamance Regional

    Venus Standard

    MSN, CNM, APRN, LCCE

    • UNC School of Medicine, Dept of Family Medicine/Women’s Health – Maternal and Child Health

    Danielle Little

    BA, CLC, LCCE

    • Perinatal Health Educator, Birth and Postpartum Doula

    Joan Levy

    EdS, MSN, RN, IBCLC, LCCE, CIMI

    Kerry Christopher

    MSW, LCSW

    • Personal Health Services Clinic
      New Hanover County

    Michaela Penix

    MPH

    • March of Dimes; Maternal Child Health, Public Health, Health Equity & Social Justice
    Erin Crites

    Erin Crites

     

    • Albemarle Maternal Mental Health Coalition
    • The Villages of North Carolina, Founder
    • Postpartum Support International Area Coordinator