POLICIES + SAFETY MEASURES
As we prepare for our 2023 conference, we have two priorities:
To create an interdisciplinary meeting of the highest quality where we are able to meet as colleagues, share ideas, and learn how to best work together to deliver equitable perinatal care.
To create a learning environment that promotes safety, preserves the health of all our participants, and reduces the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
So our Conference Committee and Staff will:
Convene a Health and Safety Committee to advise us on best practices.
Provide meeting spaces that promote social distancing and offer choices.
Provide temperature checks for conference participants who want them before entering
in-person learning spaces.
Work with our hotel and venue to minimize contact between
conference registrants and other guests.
Facilitate virtual attendance (including poster viewing and exhibitor spaces) and provide online opportunities to earn credit.
Encourage those who attend
in-person to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and do a COVID-19 test before joining us.
Provide participants with hand sanitizer and new KN95 masks each day to mitigate the transmission of respiratory viruses.
Set the expectation that all conference participants demonstrate empathy and respect for the health concerns of others.
Ask participants to self-monitor for signs of infection or illness and act faithfully to
do no harm.
Offer COVID-19 rapid antigen testing to monitor for risks of exposure and signs of transmission.
Waive from liability and release from claim the National Perinatal Association, its members, and staff. *
We thank our Health and Safety Committee Members:
Patti Bridges, MSW, LCSW
Maria Fisher, CNM, MSN, MPH, IBCLC
Heather Cohen Padratzik, MHA, JD
Elizabeth Filipovich, MPH
Ann Visser, CNM
Susan Altman, DNP, CNM, FACNM
Participant Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement
In consideration of participation in the Annual Interdisciplinary Conference of the National Perinatal Association at the Friday Conference Center located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (the “Meeting”), all steps to stay safe and uninjured, including, but not limited to compliance with local and CDC Guidelines relative to COVID-19, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings as required by the CDC and local laws and rules to reduce the risks of transmission of and exposure to COVID-19.
Unless prohibited from doing so due to medical or religious reasons, each participant/volunteer should get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or agree to wear appropriate face covering meant to mitigate the transmission of respiratory droplets and virus for entry in the Meeting:
Additionally, because COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is spread mainly from person-to-person contact, the National Perinatal Association has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, the National Perinatal Association cannot guarantee that anyone in attendance at the Meeting will not become infected with COVID-19.
In light of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, individuals who fall within any of the categories below should not participate in the Meeting and/or other face-to-face activities. By attending the Meeting, you certify that you do not fall into any of the following categories:
Individuals who currently or within the past fourteen (14) days have experienced any symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath, among others; or
Individuals who have traveled at any point in the past fourteen (14) days either internationally or to a community in the U.S. that has experienced or is experiencing sustained community spread of COVID-19 and are not in compliance with current local and CDC Guidelines related to domestic and international travel, as updated (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html); or
Individuals who believe that they may have been exposed to a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not yet cleared as non-contagious by state or local public health authorities or the health care team responsible for their treatment.
DUTY TO SELF-MONITOR: You agree to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (symptoms typically include fever, cough, and shortness of breath) and contact the National Perinatal Association if you experience symptoms of COVID-19 within fourteen (14) days after participating at the Meeting.
LIABILITY WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS: I acknowledge that I derive personal satisfaction and a benefit by virtue of my participation at the Meeting, and I willingly engage in the Meeting convened by the National Perinatal Association.
RELEASE AND WAIVER. I HEREBY RELEASE, WAIVE, DISCHARGE AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE THE NATIONAL PERINATAL ASSOCIATION, ITS PARENTS, SUBSIDIARIES OR OTHER AFFILIATES, OFFICERS, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES (“RELEASEES”) FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, DEMANDS, ACTIONS AND CAUSES OF ACTION OF ANY KIND OR NATURE ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY, INCLUDING DEATH, THAT I OR ANY OF MY PROPERTY MAY SUSTAIN RESULTING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN OR IN ANY WAY CONNECTED WITH MY PARTICIPATION IN THE MEETING AND TRAVEL RELATED THERETO, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH LOSS IS CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER SUCH LIABILITY ARISES IN TORT, CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR OTHERWISE.
ASSUMPTION OF THE RISK. I acknowledge and understand the following:
Participation in the Meeting, including travel related thereto, includes possible exposure to and illness from infectious diseases including but not limited to COVID-19. While particular rules and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious illness and death does exist; and I am fully aware of the current global COVID-19 virus outbreak, the current travel restrictions, and inherent risks involved when choosing to travel, and I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to travel; and
I knowingly and freely assume all such risks related to accidents, mishaps, condition of premises where any and all Meeting activity occurs, and illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19, even if arising from the negligence or fault of the National Perinatal Association; and
It is my responsibility to check the latest travel information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak with the CDC (https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices), and applicable state and local governmental agencies of any location that I am traveling to or through, and it is my responsibility to check future travel warnings, travel restrictions, and travel rules, and I accept the risks and consequences of these travel warnings, restrictions, and rules.
MEDICAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND RELEASE. I acknowledge the health risks associated with my participation in the Meeting, including but not limited to the condition of the property where the Meeting takes place, other persons present at the Meeting, transient dizziness, lightheaded, fainting, nausea, muscle cramping, musculoskeletal injury, joint pains, sprains and strains, heart attack, stroke, or sudden death. I agree that if I experience any of these or any other symptoms during the Meeting, I will discontinue my participation immediately and seek appropriate medical attention.
I DO HEREBY RELEASE AND FOREVER DISCHARGE THE RELEASEES FROM ANY AND ALL CLAIMS WHATSOEVER WHICH ARISE OR MAY HEREAFTER ARISE ON ACCOUNT OF ANY INJURIES, DAMAGES, FIRST AID, TREATMENT, OR SERVICE RENDERED IN CONNECTION WITH MY PARTICIPATION IN THE MEETING.
I further covenant and agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Releasees from any loss, liability, damage or costs, including attorneys’ fees and court costs, that may arise out of or that are related to my participation in the Meeting and travel related thereto, whether caused by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise.
It is my express intent that this Participant Release and Waiver of Liability and Indemnification Agreement (“Release”) bind my family members, spouse, heirs, assigns, personal representatives, and anyone else entitled to act on my behalf, and is deemed as a release, waiver, discharge, and covenant not to sue the Releasees.
I further covenant and agree that this Release shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado and that any mediation, suit or other proceeding relating to this Release and any activities covered hereby must be filed or entered into only in Colorado and the federal or state courts of Colorado. Any portion of this Release deemed unlawful or unenforceable is severable and shall be stricken without any effect on the enforceability of the Release as a whole to the full extent authorized by law.
I have read and fully understand this Release as set forth above and understand that I have given up substantial rights by affirming it. I certify that I have reached the age of majority, have signed under my own free will and am suffering under no legal disabilities.
By purchasing and redeeming my in-person conference registration
I AFFIRM THAT I AGREE TO THESE TERMS.