Diabetes Connections presents:

Moms' Night Out

October 27-28, 2023

Providence, RI

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Moms' Night Out Providence Conference Report

Moms’ Night Out Providence was our third conference. We had been told there weren’t a lot of events in Rhode Island. In fact, we’d been warned that it would be hard to get people to attend. Instead, we had a great crowd and even found out later we’d changed some important minds (more on that later)!

We kicked things off at top floor of the Graduate Hotel with a welcome toast. A full vendor fair was a great chance to see and learn about the newest technology and studies. As in Texas, many people got their first look at Tandem’s Mobi pump and checked out Dexcom’s G7 as well as learning from JDRF Greater New England and Camp Surefire who joined us.

Our check-ins continue to be very popular! Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES from Finding Smiles Coaching and JoAnne Robb, MFT from Diabetes Sweet Talk had a full schedule of meeting one-on-one with attendees.

Our signature drink was a Le’MOM-tini, a delicious version of the lemon martini. Mocktails and cocktails were enjoyed as we started Cocktails and Crafts. Friendship bracelets were our craft at this event.  

Friday’s speaker was Kerri Sparling, best known for her long-running blog SixUntilMe. Kerri gave us the perspective as an adult with T1D. Diagnosed as a child, she shared her perception of what her mom did to help instill independence and responsibility. Kerri’s brought her mom along; it was wonderful to meet her! Kerri’s talk was real and honest, and full of humor and help.

We held our raffles for Kendra Scott jewelry, a VIVI cap, and Stacey’s books, then headed downstairs to the hotel bar!

Saturday morning, we were back at 9am with coffee and breakfast. Our speaker, Moira McCarthy was incredible. That weekend marked her daughter’s 27th year with T1D. Moira spoke about moving forward when you’d rather just hole up at home with your grief about diabetes. Again, a talk with humor and heart and big emotions.

Then we had an Ask Me Anything panel with Moira, Kerri and me. We recorded this for my Diabetes Connections podcast. You can listen to the whole thing here.

After our closing photos, we had trouble clearing the room. I like this problem; no one wanted to leave! In the weeks following the event, we heard about two cool developments. JDRF of Grater New England told us they now want to do more in Rhode Island, since so many people turned out. And a great charity, Elbow Bump Kid, based in CT is doing the same.

Kerri & I will speak at the JDRF Greater New England Type One Nation Summit in March.

Next stop for Moms’ Night Out – Charlotte, NC!

What To Expect

Exhibitor fair

learn about the latest in insulin pumps, CGM, and meter technology as well as diabetes management options.

Cocktails & Crafts: engage in a fun, hands-on activity while you get to know other moms. Enjoy signature cocktails and/or non-alcoholic drinks.

Dinner is included

Meet new friends and catch up with those you already know around a great meal you don’t have to cook (or carb-count). Hear from an inspiring speaker. 

Coffee and breakfast Saturday morning

Our speaker Saturday morning will send you home with practical advice to address the unique challenges we moms face.

All attendees will receive a swag bag full of freebies

Guest Speakers

Kerri Sparling wearing glasses

Kerri Sparling

Kerri Sparling is a writer, poet and speaker who has dedicated her life to the power of the patient narrative. Best known for the blog and book, “SixUntilMe,” she is the author of “Balancing Diabetes” and “Rage Bolus and other poems.” Kerri has lived wit type 1 for 37 years.  

Moira McCarthy

Moira McCarthy wearing sunglasses

Moira McCarthy is a ski, adventure and travel writer. A JDRF International Volunteer of the Year and author of six books including, “Raising Teens with Diabetes” 

Check-In with our Experts

A check-in at Moms’ Night Out is your chance to sit down with an endocrinologist or diabetes educator and “check-in” with any questions you may have about T1D management. You should always bring any management changes to your child’s healthcare team, but these consultations will be reassuring and helpful.

When check-in signups open, an email will go out ONLY to those registered for that city. Slots are limited and will go quickly.

Anna Sabino, MSW, CDCES

Anna is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and has a masters in social work. She was diagnosed with type 1 while in kindergarten and now heads up Finding Smiles Coaching.

JoAnne Robb, MFT

JoAnne is a licensed psychotherapist with three children, two of whom have type 1. She started Diabetes Sweet Talk to offer workshops and courses to help parents find "Diabetes Calm"

The Venue

Graduate Providence 

Landmark lodgings in the heart of Downtown Providence

Photo of Stacey Simms during an interview

About Your Host

Stacey Simms is the host of the long-running and award-winning podcast, Diabetes Connections. She is the author of “The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom, Real-Life Stories of Parenting a Child with Type 1 Diabetes,” and the upcoming “STILL The World’s Worst Diabetes Mom.” 

Stacey’s son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes just before he turned two, back in 2006; she’s been sharing her family’s experience with T1D ever since.

Learn more about Stacey here

She has been featured in almost every diabetes publication and outlet including: Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes Forecast magazines, Beyond Type 1, JDRF, Diabetes Daily, Healthline, DiaTribe, T1D Everyday Magic and more.   

Contact Us

FAQs

This is a conference designed for mothers of children with diabetes, with a focus on type 1. We will not turn any adult in the diabetes community away, but all of our programming is geared to moms. Please, no children in the conference space, this is meant to be a relaxing kid-free respite. 

Friday:

3pm Check-In opens, get your swag bag!

3-6pm Vendor Fair

3-6pm Check-Ins with educators  (advance signups)

5-6:30pm Cocktails & Crafts

6:30pm Dinner

8pm – Socialize and hang out!

Saturday:

9am Coffee & Breakfast

9:30am Panel

10:30am Speaker

11:45 Group photos

Relax & socialize before you head back home

No, but we urge you to do so! Part of the fun (and learning) at this conference is about being away from your children with diabetes, something we moms rarely get to do. Staying at the hotel is not required, but there will be informal socializing there after dinner and in the morning that you won’t want to miss.

No. The only groups that are allowed to hand out literature and/or demonstrate products are those with an agreement with us. There are lots of lower-cost options. Please let us know if you’re interested.

We will adhere to all local and state laws, rules, and regulations to reduce the risk of spreading COVID. We encourage everyone who is eligible to be fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage everyone to self-test with a rapid antigen test before coming to the conference. 

We’d love to take this show on the road! Reach out at info@diabetes-connections.com and let us know where we should go next!