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

Medical School

PhD – University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Board-certified perinatal nurse

Undergraduate Degree

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

Graduate Degree

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

2017

Cole JCM, Schwarz J, Farmer MC, Coursey AL, Duren S, Rowlson M, Prince J, Oser M, Spatz DL. Facilitating Milk Donation in the Context of Perinatal Palliative Care. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2017 Nov 24. pii: S0884-2175(17)30463-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.11.002. [Epub ahead of print]

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.

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

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

Posters

2016

Donor Milk Usage in a Children’s Hospital: A Descriptive Cohort Study, International Society of Researchers in Human Milk & Lactation Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa, March 4, 2016 (Poster)

2014

Optimization of Skim Milk for Infants with Chylothorax, The International Society of Researchers in Human Milk & Lactation Conference, October 27, 2014 (Poster)

2013

Outcomes of an Employee Lactation Program, Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN, November 18, 2013 (Podium Presentation)

Human Milk & Breastfeeding Outcomes in Infants with Congenital Heart Disease, Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN, November 17, 2013 (Podium Presentation)

2012

Pumping Initiation Patterns and Milk Volumes in Mothers of Infants Born with Congenital Anomalies, 7th Annual International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium, Vienna, Austria, April 20, 2012 (Poster)

Associated Morbidities to Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia and a Relationship to Human Milk, 7th Annual International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium, Vienna, Austria, April 20, 2012 (Poster)

2011

A Comprehensive Nurse Driven Model of Lactation Support for Vulnerable Infants. Baby Friendly Neonatal Care Conference and Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden. Sept. 15, 2011 (Paper and Poster).

Pumping Initiation Patterns and Milk Volumes in Mothers of Infants Born with Congenital Anomalies. Baby Friendly Neonatal Care Conference and Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden. Sept. 14, 2011 (Poster).

Case Studies in Breastfeeding Success for Infants with Congenital Surgical Anomalies. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference, Denver, CO. June 2011 (Poster).

Innovations in Lactation Support for Infants Born with Complex Surgical Anomalies. Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference, Denver, CO. June 2011 (Poster).

2010

McIlhenny, C., Brodecki, D., Chen-Lim, M., Barton, S. Spatz, D.L. Evaluation of Breastfeeding Support Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care.  International Council on Women’s Health Issues 18th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. April 8, 2010 (Poster Presentation).

McIlhenny, C., Brodecki, D., Paris, D., Chen-Lim, M.L., Barton, S., & Spatz, D. Evaluation of Breastfeeding Support Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care. International Council on Women’s Health Issues Conference, 18th Congress on Women's Health Issues, Cities and Women’s Health: Global Perspectives, Philadelphia, PA. April 8-9, 2010 (Poster).

McIlhenny, C., Brodecki, D., Chen-Lim, M., Barton, S. Spatz, D.L. Evaluation of Breastfeeding Support Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care.  International Council on Women’s Health Issues 18th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA. April 8, 2010 (Poster Presentation).

Invited Lectures

2017

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

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)

2014

Spatz D. 2nd Annual Breastfeeding Sick Babies International Conference. Invited to give 2 ½ Day Symposium Bangkok, Thailand, March 12-14, 2014 (Invited Keynote Speaker)

Spatz D. Breastfeeding in Sick Babies. Chiang Mai University Hospital, Chiang Mai, Thailand, March 10, 2014 (Invited Speaker)

2013

Spatz D. Brain Development, Breastfeeding, and the Late Preterm Infant. 18th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding, Philadelphia, PA, November 23, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Innovations in the Provision of Human Milk in the Special Care Nursery. The Medela 8th Annual International Breastfeeding & Lactation Symposium, Copenhagen, Denmark, April 20, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Breastfeeding Sick Babies International Conference. Invited to give 2 ½ Day Symposium,Bangkok, Thailand, January 22, 23, 24, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Excellence in Breastfeeding & Human Lactation Research & Practice: Multi-disciplinary Approach. School of Nursing, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, January 21, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Breastfeeding: Current Situation & Research. Department of Public Health Nursing, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, January 19, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Research in Human Milk & Breastfeeding: Translating the Science into Practice. Faculty of Nursing, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, January 17, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Sharing Breastfeeding Knowledge. Charoenkrung Pracharak Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, January 16, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. How to Succeed at Breastfeeding Sick Babies. Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health (QSNICH), Bangkok, Thailand, January 15, 2013 (Invited Speaker)

2012

Spatz D. Successful Transition to Breastfeeding in Infants with Complex Surgical Anomalies. Grand Rounds and Keynote Address, Alder Hey Children's Hospital, May 11, 2012 (Keynote Invited Speaker)

2011

Spatz D. Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Infants Born with Complex Surgical Anomalies. Baby Friendly Neonatal Care Conference and Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden. Sept. 14, 2011 (Paper).

Spatz D. Innovations in the Provision of Lactation Support for Infants Requiring Intensive Care. South Jersey Lactation Consultant Association, Voorhees, NJ. Oct. 4, 2011 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Human Milk and Breastfeeding: Translating the Science to Practice. Distinguished Lecture for University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, FL. Oct. 3, 2011 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. It’s All About the Milk: Evaluating and Reassuring Milk Supply Concerns. Florida State Association of Certified Nurse Midwives, Tampa, FL. Oct. 1, 2011 (Invited Keynote Speaker).

Spatz D. Achieving Breastfeeding Success for Infants Born with Congenital Surgical Anomalies. 2nd Annual Care of the Sick Newborn Conference, Holtz Children’s Hospital, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Miami, FL. May 19, 2011 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Physiology of Lactation. Neonatal Fellowship Physiology Lecture Series. Jefferson Medical College/Dupont Hospital for Children/Christina Care Health System, Philadelphia, PA. April 28, 2011 (Invited speaker).

Spatz D. Why Having a PhD in Nursing is Fun: Changing Clinical Practice for High Risk Mothers and Babies. National Student Nurses Association, Salt Lake City, UT. April 7, 2011.

Spatz D. Using the Evidence for Human Milk and Breastfeeding in the NICU. Pursuing Evidence Based Practice in the NICU, Dupont Hospital, Wilmington, DE. April 4, 2011 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Preparing the Family for a Special Delivery. Update of Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies, Philadelphia, PA. March 17, 2011 (Invited Speaker).

2010

Spatz D. Human Milk in the NICU: Translating Evidence into Practice. Full Day-8 Hour Course, Saskatchewan, Canada. March 17, 2010 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Helpful Hints for Pediatricians to Support Breastfeeding. Grand Rounds for Quillen College of Medicine, Eastern Tennessee State University, Bristol, TN. Oct. 18, 2010 (Invited Speaker).

McIlhenny, C., Brodecki, D., Paris, D., Chen-Lim, M.L., Barton, S., & Spatz, D. Evaluation of Breastfeeding Support Interventions in Pediatric Primary Care. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Nursing Research Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. July 23, 2010 (Oral Presentation).

Spatz D. Human Milk and Breastfeeding Education. Saint Joseph’s Hospital for Women, Tampa, FL. April 21, 2010 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. You can have it all!-Being a Nurse with a PhD and Changing Clinical Practice for High Risk Mothers and Babies. National Student Nurses Association 58th Annual Convention, Lake Buena Vista, FL. April 9, 2010 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Breastfeeding and Medications. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Advanced Practice Nurse Pharmacology Series, Philadelphia, PA. March, 31, 2010 (Invited Speaker).

2009

Spatz D. Project Transition: Transitioning Surgical Infants to At Breast Feeds. The Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy: Leadership Projects for Advancing Maternal Child Nursing Care. Sigma Theta Tau International 40th Biennial Convention, Indianapolis, IN. Nov. 3, 2009 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Human Milk in the NICU: Translating Evidence into Practice. Full Day-8 Hour Course, Toronto, Canada. May 27, 2009. 

Spatz D. Strategies for Achieving Human Milk/Breastfeeding as the Standard of Care in Vulnerable Infants. The Delaware Valley Association of Neonatal Nurses Annual Fall Conference, Voorhees, NJ. Oct. 23, 2009 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Achieving Breastfeeding Success: The Background. Pennsylvania Resource Organization for Lactation Consultants, Philadelphia, PA. Sept. 14, 2009 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. The Value of Human Milk and Breastfeeding. South Jersey Regional Medical Center, Vineland, NJ. May 28, 2009 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. The Value of Human Milk & Breastfeeding. Identifying Strategies for Changing Culture to Support Breastfeeding, Princeton Medical Center, Princeton, NJ. May 8, 2009 (Invited Keynote Speaker).

Spatz D. Supporting Breastfeeding: Changing Culture. Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, Inc., Camp Hill, PA. April 30, 2009 (Invited Speaker).

2008

Spatz D. The Value of Human Milk and Changing Institutional Culture to Support Breastfeeding. Atlantic City Medical Center and the South Jersey Perinatal Cooperative. Dec. 8, 2008 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Nursing Grand Rounds: Changing Institutional Culture. Ten Steps for Promoting and Protection Breastfeeding in Vulnerable Populations. 

Spatz D. Human Milk in Infants with Congenital Surgical Anomalies, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL. October 10, 2008 (Invited Speaker)

Spatz D. Nursing Research: It is Not as Scary as it Sounds: How to Get Involved as a Student. National Student Nurses Association, Grapevine, TX. March 29, 2008.

Spatz D. Helping Mothers Achieve Lactation Success. Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Essington, PA. Feb. 25, 2008 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Changing Institutional Culture: From Sabotage to Support. Emory Breastfeeding Conference, Atlanta, GA. Feb. 16, 2008 (Invited Speaker).

Spatz D. Donor Milk. Emory Breastfeeding Conference, Atlanta, GA. Feb. 15, 2008 (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 Society

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Editorial Board

2015-present, Editorial Board-American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing

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