50 Years of Perinatal Excellence
In 1970, a multidisciplinary group of perinatal care providers formed the Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care (WAPC). WAPC was organized for the purpose of promoting perinatal health to all mothers and infants in Wisconsin. The original objectives of WAPC were to organize perinatal centers around the state; educate staff providing services within these centers; and, educate staff in outlying hospitals about how to stabilize, treat, and refer perinatal patients. This was a cooperative effort between WAPC, Wisconsin birth hospitals, and the state health agency. WAPC’s leadership of the effort to regionalize perinatal care put Wisconsin “on the map” as a leader in the delivery of perinatal services.
By 1977, regionalized perinatal centers were established throughout the state and the emphasis of the association began to shift. The objectives of the Association evolved to better describe and educate on the regional perinatal system and focus on preventive care. The focus on preventive care remains today, with an emphasis on helping women enter pregnancy as healthy as possible, a concept referred to as “preconception care.” WAPC is a national leader in the development of preconception health educational tools for providers and consumers.
WAPC stays true to its founding goal of educating the perinatal work force in Wisconsin and beyond, as an accredited provider of continuing medical and nursing education. WAPC developed many educational programs over its history, including the Regional Forum Series and its premier educational event held every spring, the Annual Statewide Perinatal Conference.
Today, WAPC is the largest perinatal care association in the United States, and remains a leader in the advancement and improvement of perinatal care. While the health care environment continues to change, the mission and purpose of WAPC remains stable--to be an association within which individuals and organizations come together to address perinatal care issues.
"No doubt that WAPC is the driving force in perinatal health in the state and nationally...WAPC has always been in the forefront."
Chris Van Mullem, RNC, MS
"WAPC was unique because it was truly multidisciplinary and that uniqueness is what gave it credibility as a believable advocate for perinatal care."
Charles Hammond, MD
"I am very proud of the time and effort that was put into getting WAPC started. It has more than lived up tot he hopes and dreams of the early pioneers in perinatal care in Wisconsin. I wish they could all see what has been accomplished."
A Look Back