Catherine Bennett, APN/CNS
Supporting Mothers and Newborns through Transitional Neonatal Hypoglycemia
A dilemma we face in obstetrical care is how to best support mothers and newborns to remain together and exclusively breastfeed when the newborn experiences transitional neonatal hypoglycemia.
We know that at birth the infant’s blood glucose level is about 70% of the maternal level and falls during the first two hours of life. For otherwise healthy newborns, this is labeled transitional hypoglycemia and is normal.
There is strong evidence that skin to skin contact between mothers and infants has numerous benefits, including glycemic regulation. Breastmilk also confers many health benefits and positively affects blood glucose levels. The AAP has long supported exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life followed by breastfeeding in combination with the introduction of food until at least the first year of life.
The standard treatment for transitional hypoglycemia has been to introduce formula and IV dextrose with a NICU admission, interrupting exclusive breastfeeding and leading to mother/newborn separation. A practice that has taken rise over the last 5 years is the introduction of 0.5mg/kg of 40% glucose gel administered to the buccal mucosa supporting exclusive breastfeeding and mother newborn non separation.
Taryn Schuelke, BS, CT, CCLS
Grief in the NICU
There are many types of losses that occur when a newborn is admitted to the NICU. The death of a newborn is a tragic experience, and the way healthcare providers support this loss leaves a lasting impression on a family. However, death is not the only type of loss present in the NICU. Many families experience losses of normalcy, of community, their “ideal” birthing experience, and more. Each of these losses manifest as forms of grief. This webinar will discuss the many kinds of grief that healthcare providers can address and helpful language to utilize while supporting families in the NICU. Supporting families in their grief is one of the most sacred practices a NICU professional will experience in their career. By attending this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to grow their understanding of grief in the NICU.
Maureen Luther, B.Sc (P.T), MA
Five Important Things to know about the Motor System of the Preterm Infant
Preterm infants in the NICU have a repertoire of movements that represent a form of communication. Even the smallest preterm infant can communicate by their movements if they are stable or if they experiencing stress and/or pain. As well certain movements can be a “window into the brain” by providing information about brain integrity. In this webinar, you will begin to understand the “language” of infant movement which can influence our developmentally supportive care within the NICU.
Maxwell Corrigan, MS, MT-BC, NICU-MT
NICU Music Therapy
This webinar will delineate evidence-based music therapy in the NICU. Through an overview of relevant research and case studies, listeners will see how music therapy enhances the neurodevelopment of neonates and contributes to family-centered care. Music therapy plays a vital role in the neuroprotection of hospitalized infants, and optimal music therapy care relies on collaboration with other healthcare professionals concerned with neonatal development. Come learn about how music therapy works in the NICU and opportunities for interdisciplinary co-treatment.