About the Kentucky Perinatal Association

The KPA was founded in 1988 and hopes to include representation from across the state of Kentucky. In its 26th year, our current focus is a partnership with state health agencies, especially the March of Dimes and AWHONN in our quest to reduce infant morbidity and infant mortality.


The Kentucky Perinatal Association is a non-profit incorporated volunteer association of health care providers, consumers, and organizations with a common purpose toward the recognition of maternal-infant health care issues dedicated to the provision of comprehensive solutions through educational outreach and advocacy.


The KPA is comprised of a broad range of health care professionals. Board members meet routinely- volunteering their time after full work schedules to understand and further the cause of Perinatal health issues for mothers and their infants.


The Kentucky Perinatal Association seeks representation from all parts of the Commonwealth. This representation maintains priortories with other state perinatal leadership.


The Director of Maternal Child Health for the state, Ruth Ann Shepherd, MD, FAAP, remains and provides essential guidance in keeping Perinatal health care problems and solutions in focus.


Recent expansion efforts include the launch of the Kentucky Perinatal Quality Initiative Collaborative, which operates under the auspices of the Kentucky Perinatal Association.


The current major focus of KPA and KPQIC is the reduction of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome of which was stimulated by the Governor’s Summit on Prematurity.