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The Fourth Trimester Symposium: Surviving and Thriving after Baby

by CWRU Postdoctoral Association


Thu, 08 Nov 2018

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

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Thwing Center, Ballroom

11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States

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The United States has the highest rate of maternal morbidity and mortality in the developed world, with rates climbing rather than falling, and is the only developed nation without universal paid maternity leave policies.  

This symposium aims to demystify the postpartum experience, aptly named “The Fourth Trimester”, and will give women (and their partners) the tools to not only “Survive”, but “Thrive” after their pregnancy.  

The information discussed will target the entire Case Western Reserve (CWRU) and Cleveland communities, whether you plan to become pregnant, are pregnant, are a partner or family member, practitioner or a future practitioner!  This comprehensive program will leave you with the knowledge and tools to understand this topic which is pulled straight from the headlines.

8:30-9am:  Check-in and Continental Breakfast
Surviving the 4th Trimester (Moderator: Marie McCausland)
9-9:15:  Speaker 1: Marie McCausland, Motherhood Morbidity Experience with Postpartum Preeclampsia
9:15-9:30:  Speaker 2: Maria Shaker, OB perspective
9:30-9:45:  Speaker 3: Da’Na Langford, Racial Disparities, Midwife
9:45-10: Q&A for Speakers 1-3
10-10:15:  Break
Thriving in the 4th Trimester (Moderator: Sinem Balta Beylergil)
10:15-10:30:  Speaker 4: Kathyrn Willson, HR-FMLA leave
10:30-10:45:  Speaker 5: Mike Freeman & Vidya Ramachandran, Work/Life Balance
10:45-11:00:  Speaker 6: Avril Albaugh, Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network
11:00-11:15:  Q&A for Speakers 4-6
11:15-11:30:  Lunch
11:30-12:00:  Panel Discussion from Index Card Questions

This is a free event. 

We will be raffling FREE GIFT BASKETS!!

Presented by the CWRU Postdoctoral Association Women’s Initiative Committee

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Graduate Studies Professional Development Center, School of Medicine Office of Graduate Education, Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, and the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

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Thwing Center, Ballroom

11111 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OHIO 44106, United States


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Kathryn Willson

Employee Relations Specialist


  Kathy has been with the university since 2000 when she was hired into the Human Resources’ Office of Employee Relations.  Having worked through a variety of support positions in that office, she is now a specialist consulting on a wide variety of employee and supervisory concerns, in addition to providing customized training sessions to various departments.  When not at work, she enjoys watching movies, especially documentaries, going to the international film festival here in Cleveland, and laughing at her pet cat’s crazy antics.

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Da'Na Langford

Certified Nurse Midwife


Da’na Michelle Langford is a trained Certified Nurse Midwife currently employed with University Hospitals. 

She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and attended Beaumont School.  Upon graduation she attended Eastern Michigan University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Medicine-Athletic Training.  After graduating she returned home to Cleveland, where she was employed at a women’s shelter where she felt a calling of servicing women of the vulnerable population. 

She later returned to The Ohio State University where she earned a Master’s of Science with a specialization in Midwifery and Women’s Health.  After practicing at Federally Qualified Health Centers in Georgia and Florida, she returned home to pursue her passion providing quality health care to all women.

She now serves as the Chair for the MacDonald House Maternal and Infant Mortality Committee, Diversity Champion for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, a member of the Diversity committee, an Executive Board Member of The Ohio Chapter of Babies Need Boxes, and President and Founder of BHS Black Alumni Association, a group dedicated to raising scholarship funds for deserving African American Students at Beaumont and Benedictine High School.   

Her passion continues in serving underserved populations and working to save her village, by eliminating health care disparities in African American communities.

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Maria Shaker


University Hospitals

Dr. Maria Shaker is a diligent and detail-oriented OB-GYN serving the community of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Shaker attended Wright State University, where she received her medical degree and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center. Dr. Shaker is a part of UHMG OBGYN. She sees patients for gynecologic exam, as well as other common and specialized reasons. Dr. Shaker is sensitive to the uniqueness of each patient's situation and adapts her consultations and treatment options appropriately to accommodate individual needs and concerns. She treats a range of conditions, and she is eager to help the wider community receive the care they deserve

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Marie McCausland

Postdoctoral Fellow

Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Marie McCausland is a mother, scientist (Postdoctoral Fellow), and newly energized advocate for better Post-Partum protocols and spokesperson for Merck for Mothers.  She survived a near-death experience with Post-Partum Pre Eclampsia, in spite of the medical treatment she received at a local emergency room, and in large part due to reading an NPR/ProPublica story about Post-Partum Pre Eclampsia.  Since then, she has worked to improve post partum protocols at University Hospitals in Cleveland, OH.  Today, her healthcare system uses the AWHONN POST-BIRTH Education Program, ER staff have been retrained on post-partum hypertension, and obstetricians are part of the consult on all pregnant and post-partum cases up to 6 weeks. 

Marie was an invited speaker at the March for Moms in Washington, D. C. in 2018, and had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Champions for Change summit in 2018.  She is hoping to empower other women to make the same common sense changes in their own hospital systems.

After receiving dual bachelors degrees in Biochemistry and Genetics from Pennsylvania State University, Dr. McCausland completed her PhD in Molecular Virology at Case Western Reserve University.  She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Case Western Reserve University, studying HIV pathogenesis in the gastrointestinal tract,  and where she is the Chair of the Women’s Initiative Committee of the Postdoctoral Association.  She has one amazing son, Jeffrey, with her dedicated husband Dr. Jeffrey McCausland. 

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Avril Albaugh

Project Director

Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network

Avril Albaugh is Project Director for the Cleveland Regional Perinatal Network (CRPN) and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University and an Honors Degree in Social Science from University of Cape Town, South Africa.

She has spent past 30 years working in the field of Maternal-Child Public Health with a focus on Maternal Mental Health.

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Michael Freeman


Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Michael Freeman is an Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, Department of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology and Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by postdoctoral training at the Trudeau Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and CWRU. Mike has a long-standing interest in understanding the mechanisms of T cell generation and regulation during persistent viral infections and chronic inflammation. He has been happily married since 2013 and is the proud father of a soon-to-be 1 year old.


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Vidya Ramachandran

Scientific Writer

Cleveland Clinic

Vidya Ramachandran is a scientific writer at the Cleveland Clinic who works with clinical researchers on creating content for grant submissions, manuscripts, and continuing education. She has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in Molecular Virology and Microbiology and after spending over 3 years as a postdoctoral fellow between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University studying immune responses to viral infections, she followed her interest in scientific communication into the role of scientific writer. Since 2014, she has been with the Neurological Institute of Cleveland Clinic and has helped the institute garner over $33M in funding and several high impact publications. In addition to grant writing, Vidya is also involved in peer reviewing internal funding applications and developing a clinical educational program for young investigators. Vidya is also a mom to a sweet and charming almost 1 year old! In her spare time, Vidya enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter when Cleveland weather permits and baking!  


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