Anna Zimmermann, MD, MPH
The Lessons I've Learned from NICU Families
Dr. Zimmermann is a Neonatologist with 15 years of experience taking care of sick and premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She is currently the director of quality and education at an 80-bed Level IV NICU in Colorado. In March 2020, she created Mighty Littles, a blog and podcast dedicated to NICU parents, families and staff. The podcast weaves medical storytelling, practical parenting, and NICU education together, helping parents navigate their time in the NICU. The NICU is universally described by parents as foreign, overwhelming and isolating during the beginning of their stay. NICU families are increasing looking to social media and the internet for information, education and a sense of community to help them navigate their NICU experience, highlighting the desire and importance of community and
connection for NICU families. Through family interviews for the podcast, she has identified themes which cause families stress during their NICU stay, and has changed her practice in several areas over the last 6 months based on her family interviews.
Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Debunking NICU Myths with Evidence and Finesse
“That’s the way we’ve always done it” is a mantra heard around the world and is used as a crutch to perpetuate false, antiquated, or unsafe caregiving practices. This webinar will identify and ‘debunk’ typical NICU Myths related to areas such as feeding, positioning, and development with current research and literature. For example, “Breastfeeding is harder than bottle-feeding” or “All babies should be elevated to prevent GER” will be discussed. The concept of motivational interviewing and crucial conversations will also be introduced to help neonatal caregivers persevere in their effort to provide high quality, safe, and evidence-based caregiving practices in their NICU.
Lori Gunther, MS, CPXP
Coping During a Crisis: What staff need to know to support their patients, families and themselves
At this point, you’ve heard it countless times: the COVID-19 crisis is, in a word, unprecedented. For nurses, therapists or any staff member, even on a good day, feeling a sense of control over the future or even today can be an elusive goal. You’re being forced to make decisions quickly as you receive new information to support your fellow healthcare workers, your patients, their families and the community.
During this time of uncertainty, it’s natural to experience anxiety and fear. But it also provides opportunities for people to demonstrate empathy, put people first, and showcase the best parts of themselves. This webinar will focus on how to cope and support your fellow healthcare workers during this crisis and what you can do to process some of the acute stress you are experiencing.
Sarah Bakke, BSN, RNC-NIC
Complementary Therapies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) is an umbrella term used to describe a wide array of mind and body practices, as well as the use of natural products. The benefits of complementary therapies in the pediatric and adult population have been well documented and accepted in a variety of care settings. While little literature exists in the neonatal population. emerging research does show benefits in pain and stress management, minimizing the hospitalized neonate’s exposure to toxic stress, and the
harmful side effects of conventional products and pharmacological agents.