Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, is Director of the Lactation Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an internationally-recognized expert on breastfeeding and human lactation.

Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, is a nurse researcher and Director of the Lactation Program at CHOP. She also shares a joint appointment as the Helen M. Shearer Term Chair in Nutrition and Professor of Perinatal Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Nursing.

Dr. Spatz is an internationally known expert in the field of breastfeeding and human lactation. She is chair of the American Academy of Nursing’s Expert Panel on Breastfeeding and is the Academy’s representative to the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. Dr. Spatz also serves as faculty for the Sigma Theta Tau and Johnson & Johnson Maternal-Child Leadership Academy.

At CHOP, Dr. Spatz developed the Breastfeeding Resource Nurse program. Today, more than 650 staff nurses serve as breastfeeding resource nurses throughout the Hospital and the CHOP Care Network. Dr. Spatz is currently conducting several research projects related to the use of human milk and breastfeeding.

Dr. Spatz has been recognized for her leadership at CHOP and globally in the field of human milk and breastfeeding. She is the 2009 recipient of the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Professional Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2011, Dr. Spatz received the Expert Alumni Award from Penn’s School of Nursing, and the Family and Community Department’s Academic Practice Award.

Education and Training

Board Certification

Board-certified perinatal nurse

Undergraduate Degree

BSN - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

PhD – University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PApen
MSN - University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Director, Lactation Program

Professor of Perinatal Nursing and Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Professor of Healthcare of Women and Childbearing Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Faculty Advisor to Student Nurses at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Breastfeeding, high-risk pregnancy and advanced practice nursing/models of care

Publications

Papers

2018

Froh, E.B., Cascino, A., Cerreta, S.K., Karsch, E.A., Kornberg, L.F., Lilley, J.E., Welch, L. & Spatz, D.L. (2018). Status of Legislative Efforts to Promote and Protect Breastfeeding and the Provision of Human Milk for Women Returning to Work in the First Postpartum Year. Breastfeeding Medicine 2018 August 10 . [Epub ahead of print] . doi: 10.1089/bfm.2018.0092.

Rossman, B. Meier, P.P. & Spatz, D.L. (2018). A Wake- Up Call: Persistent barriers to the provision of evidence-based lactation support and education in the NICU. Journal of Perinatology. 38(7): 773-774.  doi: 10.1038/s41372-018-0116-9

Spatz, D.L. (2018). Beyond BFHI: The Spatz 10-step and Breastfeeding Resource Nurse Models to Improve Human Milk and Breastfeeding Outcomes.  Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 32(2): 164-174.  doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000339.

Hinson, T.D., Skinner, A.C., Hassmiller-Lich, K. & Spatz, D.L. (2018). Factors That Influence Breastfeeding Initiation in African American Mothers. Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. 47(3): 290-300. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.02.007.

Folker-Maglaya, C., Pylman, M.E., Couch, K.A., Spatz, D.L., & Marzalik, P. R. (2018). Implementing a Breastfeeding Toolkit for Nursing Education. Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing. 32(2): 153-163. doi: 10.1097/JPN.0000000000000330.

Candelaria, L., Spatz, D.L., & Giordano, N. (2018). Experiences of Women Who Donated Human Milk. The Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing. 47 (4):  556-563. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.12.007.

Spatz, D.L., Robinson, A.C., & Froh, E.B. (2018). Cost and Use of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk at a Children’s Hospital. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 47(4): 583-588. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2017.11.004

Kamoun, C. & Spatz, D.L. (2018).  The Influence of Islamic Traditions on Breastfeeding Beliefs and Practices Among African-American Muslims in West Philadelphia: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of Human Lactation. 34(1): 164-175. doi: 10.1177/0890334417705856

2017

Preusting, I., Brumley, J., Odibo, L., Spatz, D.L., Louis, J.M. (2017). Obesity as a Predictor of Delayed Lactogenesis II. Journal of Human Lactation. 33(4): 684-691. doi: 10.1177/0890334417727716

Froh, E.B, Deatrick, J., Curely, M.Q. & Spatz, D.L.  (2017). Mothers of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia describe “breastfeeding” in the neonatal intensive care unit: “As long as it’s my milk, I’m happy.” Journal of Human Lactation. 33(3): 524-532. doi: 10.1177/089033441770946.

Spatz, D.L., Evans, A. & Froh, E.B. (2017).  Creation of a Regional Human Milk Assembly: A Model to Influence Practice Change in the NICU. 17(5): 417-423.   Advances in Neonatal Care. doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000393

Devido, J.A., Doswell W.M., Braxter B.J., Spatz D.L., Dorman J.S., Terry M.A., Charron-Prochownik, D. (2017) Experiences of Parish Nurses in Providing Diabetes Education and Preconception Counseling to Women with Diabetes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing. 46(2): 248-257. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.10.010.

Froh, E., Dahlmeier, K., Spatz, L. (2017) NICU Nurses and Lactation-Based Support and Care. Advanced Neonatal Care. 17(3): 203-208. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000370

Cunniff, A, Spatz, D. (2017) Mother’s Weaning Practices when Infants Breastfeed for More than One Year. MCN American Journal for Maternal Child Nursing. 42(2):88-94. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000310.

2016

Froh, E., Dahlmeier, K., Spatz, L. (2016) NICU Nurses and Lactation-Based Support and Care. Advanced Neonatal Care 2016 Dec 27. [Epub ahead of print]     doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000370

Cunniff, A, Spatz, D. (2016) Mother’s Weaning Practices when Infants Breastfeed for More than One Year. MCN American Journal for Maternal Child Nursing 2016 Dec 5. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000310

Baumgartel, K, Groer, M.W., Cohen S.M., Ren D, Spatz, D.L., Conley Y.P. (2016). Maternal Interleukin Genotypes Are Associated with NICU Outcomes Among Low-Birth-Weight Infants. Biological Research for Nursing 2016 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1177/1099800416664585

Froh, B, Spatz, D.L. (2016). Navigating Return to Work and Breastfeeding in a Hospital with a Comprehensive Employee Lactation Program: The voices of Mothers. Journal of Human Lactation 2016 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print] Doi: 10.1177/0890334416663475

Koo, K, Spatz, D.L. (2016). National Survey of Convention Centers’ Lactation Facilities. Journal of Human Lactation 2016 Jul 1. [Epub ahead of print] Doi: 10.1177/0890334416653740

Bostick, M.W., Albrecht, S.A., Baghdadi, N., Haley, C., Spatz, D.L. (2016). Do American Colleges and Universities Support Lactation Needs of Students? Breastfeeding Medicine, 11: 376-379.  Doi: 10.1089/bfm.2016.0022

Baumgartel, K.L., Groer, M.W., Cohen, S.M., Ren, D., Spatz, D., L., Conley, Y.P. (2016). Effect of Promoter Polymorphisms on Cytokine Concentration in Preterm Breast Milk and Subsequent Infant Outcomes. Journal of Human Lactation, 32(3): 425-37. Doi: 10.1177/0890334416646725

Thussanasupap, B., Lapvongwatana, P., Kalampakorn, S., & Spatz, D. L. (2016). Effects of the community-based breastfeeding promotion program for working mothers: A quasi-experimental study. Pacific Rim International Journal of Nursing Research, 2016 May-Jun, 20(3): 154-61. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000229.

Garth, E., Messer, A.L., Spatz, D.L. (2016). Child Care Centers' Role in Support of Breastfeeding Families.  American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 2016 May-Jun, 41(3), 154-161. doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000229

Hallowell, S.G., Rogowski, J.A., Spatz, D.L., Hanlon, A.L., Kenny, M. & Lake, E.T. (2016) Factors associated with infant feeding of human milk at discharge from neonatal intensive care: Cross-sectional analysis of nurse survey and infant outcomes data. International Journal of Nursing Studies; 53:190-203.  doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2015.09.016. 

2015

Martino, K., Wagner, M., Froh, E. B., Hanlon, A. L., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). Post discharge breastfeeding outcomes of infants with complex anomalies that require surgery. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(3), 450-457. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12568

Chrupcala, K. A., Edwards, T. M., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). A continuous quality improvement project to implement infant-driven feeding as a standard of practice in the Newborn/Infant intensive care unit. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(5), 654-664. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12727

Morin, K., Small, L., Spatz, D. L., Solomon, J., Lessard, L., & Leng, S. W. (2015). Preparing leaders in maternal-child health nursing. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(5), 633-643. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12730

Fugate, K., Hernandez, I., Ashmeade, T., Miladinovic, B., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). Improving human milk and breastfeeding practices in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(3), 426-38. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12563

Froh, E. B., Flynn-Roth, R., Barton, S., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). The voices of breastfeeding resource nurses. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(3), 419-425. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12565

Froh, E. B., Deatrick, J. A., Curley, M. A., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). Human Milk Oral Care: Making meaning of pumping for mothers of infants with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 44(3), 439-449. doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12564

Spatz DL, Froh EB, Schwarz J, Houng K, Brewster I, Myers C, Prince J, Olkkola M. Pump early, pump often: A continuous quality improvement project. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 24(3), 160–170.

Spatz, D.L., Froh, E.B., Flynn-Roth, R., & Barton (2015). Improving Practice at the Point of Care Through the Optimization of the Breastfeeding Resource Nurse Model. The Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 44(3).412-418. Doi:10.1111/1552-6909.12570

Wert, K. M., Lindemeyer, R., & Spatz, D. L. (2015). Breastfeeding, co-sleeping and dental health advice. MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs. 2015 May-Jun;40(3):174-9. doi:10.1097/NMC.0000000000000129

Chrupcala KA, Edwards TM, Spatz DL.A Continuous Quality Improvement Project to Implement Infant-Driven Feeding as a Standard of Practice in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2015 Jul 20. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12727. [Epub ahead of print]. Read the abstract

2014

Torowicz DL, Seelhorst A, Froh EB, Spatz DL. Human Milk and Breastfeeding Outcomes in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Nov 6. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract

Spatz DL, Kim GS, Froh EB. Outcomes of a Hospital-Based Employee Lactation Program. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print] Read the abstract

Congenital Hyperinsulinism: exclusive human milk and breastfeeding. Edwards TM, Spatz DL. Adv Neonatal Care. 2014 Aug;14(4):262-6. Read the abstract.

Characteristics of the NICU Work Environment Associated With Breastfeeding Support. Hallowell SG, Spatz DL, Hanlon AL, Rogowski JA, Lake ET. Adv Neonatal Care. 2014 Aug;14(4):290-300. Read the abstract.

The Birth of the GEMs Group: Implementation of Breastfeeding Peer Support in a Children’s Hospital. Kristoff KC, Wessner R, Spatz DL. Adv Neonatal Care. 2014 Aug;14(4):274-80. Read the abstract.

Implementation of a human milk management center. Spatz DL, Schmidt KJ, Kinzler S. Adv Neonatal Care. 2014 Aug;14(4):253-61. Read the abstract.

2012

Duran, M., & Spatz, D.L. (In Press). A case study: Mother with glandular hypoplasia and a late preterm infant. Journal of Human Lactation.

Spatz, D.L., Raphael, L., & Froh, E. (In Press). Breastfeeding the infant with congenital diaphragmatic hernia post extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. Neonatal Network.

Boyd, A., & Spatz, D.L. (In Press). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation: Education and Curricular Issues for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Spatz, D.L. (In Press). Innovations in the provision of lactation support for infants requiring intensive care. The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing.

Hallowell, S.G., & Spatz, D.L. (In Press). The relationship of brain development and breastfeeding in the late preterm infant. <The Journal of Pediatric Nursing.

2011

Spatz, D.L. (2011). The surgeon general’s call to breastfeeding action-policy and practice implications for nurses. Nursing Outlook, 59(3), 174-176. 

Carwell, M.L., & Spatz, D.L. (2011). Eating disorders and breastfeeding. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 36(2), 112-117.

Hinson, T., & Spatz, D.L. (2011). Here to Stay: A Model for Improving Nurse Retention in Large Tertiary Acute Care Setting. Journal of Nursing Administration, 41(3), 103-108.2

2010

Prime, D.K., Geddes, D.G., Spatz, D.L., Trengove, N.J., & Hartmann P.E. (2010). ISRHML Abstracts: The effect of breast shield size and anatomy on milk removal in women. Journal of Human Lactation, 26, 419-445.

Edwards, T.E., & Spatz, D.L. (2010). An innovative model for achieving breastfeeding success in infants with complex surgical anomalies. The Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing, 24(3), 254-255.

Pugh, L.C., Serwint, J.R, Frick, K.D., Nanda, J. P., Sharps, P. W., Spatz, D.L., & Milligan, R.A. (2010). A randomized controlled community-based trial to improve breastfeeding rates among urban low-income mothers. Academic Pediatrics, 10(1), 14-20.

Spatz, D. L. (2010). Roles and responsibilities of health professions: Focus on nursing. Breastfeeding Medicine, 5(5), 243-244.

Spatz, D.L. (2010). The critical role of nurses in lactation support. Editorial. The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 58(11), 458-461.

2009

Prime, D.K, Geddes, D.T., Spatz, D.L., Robert, M., Trengrove, N.J., & Hartmann, P.E. (2009). Using milk flow rate to investigate milk ejections in the left and right breasts during simultaneous breast expression in women. International Breastfeeding Journal, 4(10).

Averbach, T., & Spatz, D.L. (2009). Breastfeeding mothers and violence: What nurses need to know. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 34(5), 284-289.

Convery, K., & Spatz, D.L. (2009). Sexuality and breastfeeding: What do you know? The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 34(4), 218-223. 

2008

Wittig, S.L., & Spatz, D.L. (2008). Induced lactation: Gaining a better understanding. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 33(2), 76-81.

Books

Chapters

2018

Spatz, D.L. (2018). Helping Mothers Reach Their Personal Breastfeeding Goals. Nursing Clinics of North America. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cnur.2018.01.011 published by Elsevier, Inc.

2016

Devido, J.A., Doswell W.M., Braxter B.J., Spatz D.L., Dorman J.S., Terry M.A., Charron-Prochownik, D. (2017) Experiences of Parish Nurses in Providing Diabetes Education and Preconception Counseling to Women with Diabetes. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 2017 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2016.10.010.

2014

Spatz, D. L. & Froh E. B. (2014). Lactivism and breastfeeding advocacy in the United States. Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care (7th Ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.

2012

Spatz, D.L. (2012). Activism and breastfeeding advocacy in the United States. Policy & Politics in Nursing and Health Care (6th Ed.) (pp. 700-705). St. Louis: Elsevier Saunders.

2004

Barnsteiner, J.H., Kurlowicz, L.H., Lipman, T.H., Spatz, D.L., & Stringer, M. (2004). Establishing an evidence-based academic practice: The role of the clinician educator faculty. In L.K. Evans & N.M. Lang (Eds.), Academic nursing practice: Helping to shape the future of health care (pp. 205-219). New York: Springer.

1996

Cooley, M.E., Spatz, D.L., & Yasko, J. (1996). Role implementation in cancer nursing. In R. McCorkle., M. Grant, M. Frank-Stromborg & S. Baird (Eds.), Cancer nursing: A comprehensive textbook (2nd ed.) (pp. 25-37). Philadelphia: WB Saunders.

1994

Spatz, D.L. (1994). Contributor to: NSNA NCLEX-RN Review (2nd ed.) A.M. Stein & J.C. Miller (Eds.), New York: Delmar.

Position Statements and Educational Modules

Spatz, D.L., & Lessen, R. (2011). The Risks of Not Breastfeeding-Position Statement. The International Lactation Consultant Association.

Spatz, D. L., & Edwards, T.M. (2009). National Association of Neonatal Nurses Position Statement: The Use of Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (#3046). Glenview, IL: National Association of Neonatal Nurses.

Pugh, L.C., & Spatz, D.L. (2007). Breastfeeding the Healthy Newborn (2nd Edition). March of Dimes.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures

2018

Spatz D. Spatz 10 Steps to Promote & Protect Human Milk & Breastfeeding for Vulnerable Infants. Medela 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium. Paris, France. March 22, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Quality Improvement: How do you ensure mothers pump early, pump often? Medela 13th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium. Paris, France. March 22, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Use of Human Milk & Transition to Breast in Infants with Surgical Anomalies. Mexico City, Mexico. January 18, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. The Critical Window of Opportunity to Manage Maternal Risk & Effectively Initiate Lactation & Ensure Milk Supply. Mexico City, Mexico. January 18, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Use of Human Milk & Transition to Breast in Infants with Surgical Anomalies. Monterey, Mexico. January 17, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. The Critical Window of Opportunity to Manage Maternal Risk & Effectively  Initiate Lactation & Ensure Milk Supply. Monterey, Mexico. January 17, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Use of Human Milk & Transition to Breast in Infants with Surgical Anomalies. Guadalajara, Mexico. January 16, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. The Critical Window of Opportunity to Manage Maternal Risk & Effectively Initiate Lactation & Ensure Milk Supply. Guadalajara, Mexico. January 16, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding for NICU Infants with the Spatz 10 Step Model. The Mexico Association of Neonatologists. Guadalajara, Mexico. January 15, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Implementing the Spatz 10 Step Model in Mexico. Full 8-Hour Course. Guadalajara, Mexico. January 15, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding in Late Preterm Infants. Pennsylvania Department of Health-Keystone 10 Initiative. May 22, 2018. Blue Bell, PA (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Getting it Right-The Critical Window of Opportunity to Establish Lactation & Improve Patient Satisfaction. May 17th and 18th, 2018. Houston, TX (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Pediatric Dentists: Human Milk & Breastfeeding. The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Philadelphia, PA. May 11, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Protecting Breastfeeding in Primary Care. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Care Network-Highpoint. Chalfont, PA. May 2, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. A Career as a Nurse Scientist in Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Translating the Science to Practice & Policy. New York University School of Nursing. New York City, NY.April 30, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. CHOP Mothers’ Milk Bank. The Women’s Resource Group at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA. April 23, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. A Career as a Nurse Scientist in Human Milk & Breastfeeding. The National Student Nurses Association Annual Convention. Nashville, TN. April 5, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. A Career as a Nurse Scientist in Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Translating the Science to Practice & Policy. Penn Future Women in Health. Philadelphia, PA. March 30, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Spatz 10 Steps to Promote & Protect Human Milk & Breastfeeding for Vulnerable Infants. Columbia University Medical Center. New York City, NY. March 13, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Global Work: Human Milk & Breastfeeding in Thailand, China, India, Dominican Republic, & Mexico. Global Bites for the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. February 28, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding for the Pediatric Nurse. Webinar for the Society for Pediatric Nurses. February 22, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. A Career as a Nurse Scientist in Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Translating the Science to Practice & Policy. University of Illinois-Chicago. Chicago, Illinois. February 19, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Surgical Infants. Surgical Advance Practice Nurse Group. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA . February 16, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Protecting Breastfeeding in Primary Care. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: Care Network-Springfield. Springfield, PA. January 23, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Protecting Breastfeeding in Primary Care. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-After Hours Program. Philadelphia, PA. January 11, 2018 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Getting it Right-The Critical Window of Opportunity to Establish Lactation & Improve Patient Satisfaction. Philadelphia, PA. January 11, 2018 (Invited Speaker)lea

2017

Spatz D. Human Milk for Small and/or Sick Newborns. Webinar for the United States Agency for International Developement. August 3, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Increasing capacity for the provision of evidence-based human milk and breastfeeding support. Medela 12th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium. Florence, Italy. April 8, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding Saves Lives. Hospital Angel de Ponce. Dominican Republic. March 8, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding Saves Lives. Musa Hospital. Sand Pedro, Dominican Republic. March 8, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding Saves Lives. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital . Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. March 7, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding Saves Lives. San Lorenzo de los Minas Mother & Child Hospital. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. March 7, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the NICU and Beyond. Family Integrated Care Conference. Toronto, Canada. February 10, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Getting it Right-The Critical Window of Opportunity to Establish Lactation & Improve Patient Satisfaction. December 7, 2017. Rosemont, IL (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Getting it Right-The Critical Window of Opportunity to Establish Lactation & Improve Patient Satisfaction. December 8, 2017. Oakbrook, IL (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Breastfeeding, Vulnerable Infants & Health Policy. 6th Annual Penn Medicine Nursing Research Conference. Nursing Research: Improving the Care of Vulnerable Populations. December 7, 2017 . Philadelphia, PA (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Breastfeeding Support in Primary Care. Webinar for Continuing Medical Education for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, PA. November 28, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding Outcomes. Medical University of South Carolina Grand Rounds. Charleston, SC. October 12, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Changing Institutional Culture to Value Human Milk and Breastfeeding The Spatz 10 Step Model For Human Milk & Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Infants. Breastfeeding Symposium at the Eastern Area Health Education Center. Greenville, NC. August 11, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Preserving Human Milk and Breastfeeding for the Late Preterm Infant. Association of Women’s Health Obstetric & Gynecologic Nurses. June 26, 2017. New Orleans, LA (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the NICU and Beyond. Association of Women’s Health Obstetric & Gynecologic Nurses. 4 Hour Pre-Conference . June 25, 2017. New Orleans, LA (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding for NICU Infants with the Spatz 10 Step Model. Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal-Perinatal Conference. Cleveland, Ohio. May 17, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Nurses’ Role in Providing Evidence Based Lactation & Breastfeeding Support and Care. Nationwide Children’s Hospital-Grand Rounds. Cleveland, Ohio. May 16, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding for NICU Infants with the Spatz 10 Step Model. Grand Rounds for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Cincinnati, OH. May 11, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Using the Science of Human Milk to Transform Care. Inspira Health System. Almonesson, NJ. May 8, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Implementation of the Spatz 10 Step Model for Human Milk and Breastfeeding. Hawaii State-Wide Education. Oahu, Hawaii. April 24th and 25th, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Research & Quality Improvement Projects from Penn & CHOP. South Jersey Lactation Consultant Association at Virtua Hospital. Virtua, NJ. April 4, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. One Day Course-Implementation of Spatz 10 Steps for Human Milk & Breastfeeding Vulnerable Infants. Neonatal Quality Improvement Collaborative of Massachusetts-State-Wide Education. Framingham, MA. February 27, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Early Head Start-Evidence Based Breastfeeding Care. Early Head Start at Care Network-Karabots. Philadelphia, PA. February 14, 2017 (Invited Speaker)

2016

Spatz D. Improving Human Milk & Breastfeeding Outcomes for NICU Infants with the Spatz 10 Step Model. Human Milk Science & Innovation: 4th International Conference, Pasadena, CA, September 9, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Ten Steps for Promoting and Protecting Breastfeeding in Sick Babies. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. The CHOP Mothers’ Milk Bank and New Research. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. To Fortify or Not to Fortify: Current Research & Understanding. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. A Continuous Quality Improvement Project to Implement Cue-based Feeding as a Standard of Care in the NICU. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. The Use of Technologies to Support Human Milk & Breastfeeding. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. New Research and Science of Human Milk. The Fourth International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies, Bangkok, Thailand' September 13-15, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Changing Institutional Culture to Value Human Milk. National Conference on Breastfeeding for Poland, Warsaw, Poland, June 10 and 11, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Ensuring Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Sick Infants. National Conference on Breastfeeding for Poland, Warsaw, Poland, June 10 and 11, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Preserving Breastfeeding for the Re-Hospitalized Infant. National Conference on Breastfeeding for Poland, Warsaw, Poland, June 10 and 11, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Evidence Based Strategies to Ensure Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU & Beyond. Recent Advances in China Perinatal Medicine Summit by CJPM, Changsha, China, May 5, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. 10 Steps to Improve Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU. The West China Second University, Hospital of Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, May 9, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. 10 Steps to Improve Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU. Jilin University First Hospital, Changchun, China, May 11, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. 10 Steps to Improve Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU. Tianjin, China, May 13, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. 10 Steps to Improve Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU. Nanjing Maternity and Child Health Center, Nanjing, China, May 14, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. 10 Steps to Improve Human Milk & Breastfeeding in the NICU. The Children’s Hospital Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou, China , May 15, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Evidence Based Strategies to Ensure Human Milk & Breastfeeding During & Beyond the NICU Stay. Grand Rounds, JK Lon Hospital, Jaipur, India,January 28, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Implementation of Spatz 10 Step Model & Spatz Breastfeeding Resource Nurse Model. Three Day Symposium & Training for Four Government Hospitals, Jaipur, India, January 25, 26, 27 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Why Evidence Based Lactation Care & Support is Essential. Grand Rounds, JK Lon Hospital, Jaipur, India, January 25, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Ensuring Human Milk &Breastfeeding in the NICU. Kalawati Children’s Hospital, Delhi, India, January 22, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Implementation of Spatz 10 Step Model. Dr. RML Hospital, Delhi, India, January 20 & 21, 2016 (Invited Speaker-Two Day Intensive Staff Training)

Spatz D. Ensuring Human Milk &Breastfeeding in the NICU. Fortis Medical Research Institute, Delhi, India, January 19, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Sharing the Science: Helping Families to the Make the Decision to Start & Continue Breastfeeding. New Jersey Mother Baby Summit. Princeton, NJ. September 19, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Making the Case for Using Donor Milk in Vulnerable Infants. Human Milk Banking Association of North America Conference. Orlando, FL. April 12, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. What does a Label on the bottle have to do with growth? How do you use donor milk in the NICU? Human Milk Banking Association of North America Conference. Orlando, FL. April 11, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Mix Up Your Methodologies to Answer Many Research Questions. National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit. Phoenix, AZ. April 6, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. A Career as a Nurse Scientist in the Field of Human Milk & Breastfeeding:Sustaining a Program of Research. National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit. Phoenix, AZ. April 5, 2016 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Creating a Human Milk & Breastfeeding Culture in the NICU. The Culture of Breastfeeding Conference-Hillsborough County Breastfeeding Taskforce. Tampa, FL. February 19, 2016 (Invited Speaker)

2015

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Infants-Exemplary Models of Evidence Based Practice Neonatal BFHI Conference. Uppsala, Sweden, May 19, 2015 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Translating Research to Clinical Practice. Medela Education Group, Baar, Switzerland, April 20, 2015 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Evidence Based Strategies to Ensure Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Vulnerable Infants. Medela International Breastfeeding Symposium, Warsaw, Poland, April 17, 2015 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. 3rd Annual Breastfeeding Sick Babies International Conference. Invited to give 2 ½ Day Symposium, Bangkok, Thailand, March 11-13, 2015 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Antenatal Assessment, Education and Support to Prepare Women to Reach Their Personal Breastfeeding Goals. Obstetric & Gynecologic Grand Rounds. The University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. Tampa, FL. February 17, 2015 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Exclusive Human Milk/Breastfeeding: Why it Matters & How to achieve it. Pediatric Grand Rounds. Tampa General Hospital/University of South Florida. Tampa, FL. February 11, 2015 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Developing a Donor Milk Program and an HMBANA Milk Bank. Webinar for Medela Education Series. January 13, 2015

Spatz D. Why Evidence Based Lactation Care & Support is Essential. New York Methodist Hospital. Brooklyn, NY. December 9, 2015 (Invited Speaker)

Awards and Honors

2016, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Association of Neonatal Nurses

2015, Raise the Voice: Edge Runner Award, American Academy of Nursing

2013, Norma M. Lang Award, Distinguished Award for Scholarly Practice & Policy

2006-present, Helen M. Shearer Term Chair in Nutrition

2011, Student Nurses of Pennsylvania Honorary Member (SNAP's highest honor)

2011, 1997 & 1991, Helen Berkowitz Award, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Sponsored by the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter for service to community, profession and sorority

2011, Pottsgrove High School Honor Roll Distinguished Alumni Honor

2011, Expert Alumni Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

2011, Academic Practice Award, Family and Community Health Department School of Nursing

2011, Leader of Leaders Award National Student Nurses Association

2010, Dean’s Award for Exemplary Professional Practice, University of Pennsylvania

2008, Faculty Advisor of the Year, Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

2008-2009, Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy, Sigma Theta Tau International and Johnson & Johnson-Mentor

2009, Temple University Greek Association Advisor of the Year 2008-2009

2008, Lenore Williams Award For contributions to women, Association of Penn Professional Women & The Penn Women’s Center

2007, Sigma Theta Tau International Research Utilization Award

2007, Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing

2005, Faculty Advisor of the Year Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

2005, Nursing Leadership Award The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2005, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

2004, Service Award, Phi Sigma Sigma (for greater than 10 years service)

2003, Order of the Sapphire Award, Phi Sigma Sigma

2003, Philadelphia Area Alumnae Panhellenic Outstanding Women of the Year

2002, Faculty Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

2001, Faculty Advisor of the Year, Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania

2001, The Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

2001, The Pyramid Award: Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority’s Highest Honor

2001, Rho Lambda Honor Society

2000, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers

2000, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

1999, Distinguished Lecturer-Sigma Theta Tau International

1999, Outstanding Alumnae Chapter President, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

1999, Outstanding Alumna Advisor, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

1999, Undergraduate Advisor Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

1998, Faculty Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

1996, Order of Omega

1995, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

1995, Nursing Excellence Award, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Nurses Association

1993, Chapter Key Advisor Award, Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority

1989, Sigma Theta Tau

1989, Philadelphia Perinatal Society

1986, Mortar Board National Honor Societypu

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2018, Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing, Guest Editorship
2015-present, Editorial Board-American Journal of Maternal Child Nursingpub
2011, 2015, 2018, Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, Guest Editorship

Manuscript Review

2014-present, Breastfeeding Medicine
2013-present, Journal of Clinical Nursing
2013-present, Advanced in Neonatal Care
2011-present, Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing
2010-present, Biomed Central
2003-present, Journal of Human Lactation
2000-present, 
Computers in Nursing
2000-present, 
The Nursing Spectrum/Nurse.com
1996-present, 
Journal of the Society of Pediatric Nurses

Academic and Institutional Committees

2000 to present, Hospital Wide Breastfeeding Committee   
- 2000 to present, Chair        

2002 to present, NICU Sub-committee      

Leadership and Memberships

2014 to present, International Society of Researchers in Human Milk & Lactation

2007 to present, American Academy of Nursing    

2001 to present, Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants

1995 to present, Eastern Nursing Research Society    

1995 to present, Pennsylvania Nurses Association    

1991 to present, American Nurses Association     

1989 to present, Philadelphia Perinatal Society    

1989 to present, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

1989 to present, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society   

1988 to present, The National Perinatal Association    

1988 to present, The Pennsylvania Perinatal Association