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Sarah N. Cross, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and
Medical Director of the Birthplace, UMMC

Dr. Sarah Cross is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She is the medical director for the Birthplace, Pregnancy Special Care Unit and the Newborn Family Care Center. Dr. Cross received her MD with honors from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and her fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine. She was on the faculty at Yale before coming to the University of Minnesota in 2017. Dr. Cross’ research and clinical interests include periviability and mode of delivery and now COVID-19 in pregnancy. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities with her husband and her three kids, the most recent of whom was born during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jennifer Schoenecker
Senior Director of Quality and Safety
Minnesota Hospital Association

Jenny Schoenecker is a Senior Director of Quality and Safety who works with the Minnesota Hospital Association to develop, implement, and facilitate hospital and health system clinical activities and collaboratives to improve the triple aim.

Jenny has a passion for positioning Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems as demonstrated national leaders in all aspects of quality, patient safety and mental and behavioral health. Jenny provides MHA members with technical and implementation support, including consults, training/education, and assistance with prioritization of quality, safety and mental/behavioral health action plans.

Jenny is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and holds a BS degree in health care administration from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire.


Many hospitals and health systems are altering practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This presentation will highlight best practices that can be implemented to keep moms and babies safe during the antepartum, intrapartum and postpartum stages of pregnancy.

Presentation: 59:37