June 1, 2012

Topic:

“Helping Babies, Helping Families:
The Power of Neonatal Touch & Massage”

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Why you want to attend:

Did you know that less than 5% of the touch premature infants are exposed to in the NICU is intended to comfort and sooth?

Neonatal massage research has shown benefits such as increased weight gain, improved immunity, decreased musculoskeletal tightness, enhanced deep sleep, improved feeding readiness, and reduced cortisol levels. But, how can we balance this needed medical and procedural touch with the critically important human touch?

Massage can even help with parent-infant attachment, reduce parental stress, and reduce maternal depression! All of these add up to enhanced long-term development.

Join us and learn how you can change the life of an infant and their family through touch and massage!

Our Learning Objectives:

  1. List three common stressors for infants in the NICU.
  2. Identify three benefits of massage for premature infants.
  3. Describe three benefits of infant massage for parents.

Our Presenter:

Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR has been a neonatal therapist for over 23 years at Miami Valley Hospital’s in Dayton, Ohio. She is the president of Creative Therapy Consultants and has been a nationally sought after speaker and consultant for the past decade.

Kara Ann is co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales™, developed the The Listening Touch Massage™ DVD, and has written articles and contributed to textbooks on Neuromotor Development, positioning and feeding.

This course is no longer available for CE credit

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