Our Corporate Sponsors
"Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean."Ryunosuke Satoro
In the spirit of serving neonatal therapists all over the world, we thank the following NANT 365 Corporate Sponsors for their year-long support, commitment and vision.
We can’t serve the babies in our care without safe, innovative products and services.
Thank you for your ongoing dedication to excellence as we collectively strive to improve quality of life for premature and medically fragile infants everywhere.
Sue Ludwig, President and Founder
Innara Health(TM) (formerly KCBioMedix(R)) is an innovative leader in neurodevelopmental care. The company's flagship product, the FDA-approved NTrainer System(R), is the first and only technology that assesses and reinforces non-nutritive suck (NNS) in newborns and infants born prematurely in critical care settings. Developed from 20 years of extensive research, the NTrainer System is used by many top-tier children's hospitals and academic medical centers to improve the quality of care for babies born preterm.
The NTrainer System uses groundbreaking technology to accurately assess and therapeutically promote NNS - a vital skill linked to faster transitions to oral feeds, more rapid weight gain, shortened hospital stays and reduced hospitals costs. It is revolutionizing NICU and CTICU feeding for premature infants.
Neonatal therapists use the NTrainer System as both predictive and therapeutic technology during gavage feeding, and before breast or bottle feeding. It offers therapists a data-driven method to both measure and reinforce the preterm infant's NNS feeding skills.
Assessment: The NTrainer System provides standardized, objective, quantitative results of the infant's NNS organization. On-screen data and printed reports empower neonatal therapists to make more informed decisions using reliable data.
Therapy: The NTrainer System provides a clinically proven ororhythmic stimulation therapy to reinforce NNS. Studies prove this type of treatment effectively improves NNS development and oral feeding success in preterm infants who are at risk for oromotor dysfunction.
To learn more about how the NTrainer System improves health outcomes through innovation for the world's most vulnerable population - premature infants - visit us at the NANT conference or online at Innarahealth.com.
Invictus Medical, Inc., a Texas-based medical device company founded in 2011, is dedicated to the creation and implementation of innovative medical technologies. Deeply committed to improving the lives of newborns, Invictus Medical eagerly awaits FDA clearance in anticipation of the launch of its first product.
This game-changing device is designed as a preventative option meant to reduce cranial complications in newborns due to external pressure. This mobile and unobtrusive product contains a state-of-the-art gel solution designed to optimize the pressure dispersing principles of the Invictus Medical exclusive Pressure Response System. Preliminary test results indicate surface area contact with the cranium is dramatically increased and peak pressure is dramatically decreased.(1)
There’s nothing else like it or the company that created it.
Reference: Data on file, Invictus Medical Inc; 2014.(1)
Discover more at www.invictusmed.com
Philips Mother & Child Care
Your passion, our commitment
From the hospital to the home, Philips is committed to delivering the next generation of care for mother and child, right from the beginning. We share your passion for doing all you can to provide the best care possible, whatever the course of a new life. And we’re committed to providing you with innovative, clinically proven solutions and a broad range of support.
For more than 40 years, Philips has helped caregivers deliver the comprehensive care mothers and babies deserve, whether it’s basic care for a healthy mom or intensive treatment for your most fragile preemie. We recognize that addressing immediate concerns is just as critical as providing long-term developmental well-being.
And our innovative, evidence-based solutions are developed to support a baby’s growth, while helping newborns bond with parents and family. In the hospital, Philips breakthrough imaging and monitoring products, developmentally supportive NICU and PICU solutions, and advanced clinical information systems help you plan better, work more efficiently, and make more informed clinical decisions. When it’s time to go home, Philips is there with nursing, feeding, soothing, jaundice management, and monitoring solutions you can use to help mothers, babies and their families get off to a healthy start.
The National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) is an organization created specifically for neonatal occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech-language pathologists. NANT provides multiple ways for neonatal therapists to connect, learn, mentor and inspire while advancing this focused field of therapy on a national level.
By Sue Ludwig October 14, 2014
It was a windless summer day.
I was eleven years old, hair long and braided. I sat on a ragged old bench at a softball field waiting for my teammates to arrive. I felt the curling green paint cracking under my legs.
Coach Williams knelt down in front of me and said, “We’re going to play in a tournament where people have to try out. I want you to play. You’re the best second baseman I’ve seen.” I was speechless. I’d never received such high praise before. My heart raced with excitement as I shyly thanked him.
I’d played for him since I was about 8 years old. He made us do push-ups (20 to be exact) whenever we missed a ground ball, and we practiced well past dusk many times until we got it just right. As a result, I rarely missed a ground ball in a game AND I can still do 20 push-ups today without much effort.
He expected a lot from me. And lo and behold, he got it. I was stronger than I thought! A life lesson I would learn over and over again, often with Coach Williams in mind.
One thing we know about great mentors is this: They don’t tell us what to do, they show us by example. And in the meantime they magically unveil our strengths to us as if they’ve known them all along.
My favorite elementary school teacher, I’ll call her Miss Judy, taught 4th grade Reading. Miss Judy had long wild hair, wore flowing clothes (ok, it was the 70s), and had a huge, wide smile. I longed to just hang out with her.
She introduced us to linking verbs as ‘weird verbs’ instead. We were permitted to yell, “Be, am, is, are, was, were, been” in escalating sound levels until we all fell over laughing. (Much to my daughter’s annoyance I yelled that mantra as she studied linking verbs in grade school.) Miss Judy made us participants in, rather than just recipients of her teaching.
For once I was glad my last name (at the time) started with a B. I got a front row seat in her class every day.
Miss Judy took us to the library frequently (the REAL one, not the school one). It was during those trips with her that I began to love books - the smell of them, the weight of them, and the way the Laura Ingalls Wilder books crinkled when opened.
Miss Judy frequently asked me how many books I’d read lately, and waved her arms in dramatic surprise when I told her how many. Always.
She made me believe I was smart - that I really ‘got’ this language thing.
Years ago I found her contact info and sent her a book of poetry I wrote and published. The card she sent back was just like her. She’d made it herself, violets from her garden pressed on the front. Her note was brief, sincere, loving, and memorable. I was touched by the care she took in creating it. She was mentoring me even still.
What Coach Williams and Miss Judy taught me is this: you are always mentoring someone.
Even when, like the 2 of them, you’re just doing your job well. Especially when you’re doing your job well.
Whether you know it or not, whether you intend to or not, someone is looking to you, yes you, for guidance.
Inspire them. Infuse them with encouragement. You can even wave your arms in dramatic surprise when they do something well!
See who they are, and help them clear away the clutter that’s distracting them from being that person you see inside. Doesn’t everyone need someone who can see them this way?
Being a mentor may even be accidental; sometimes you don’t know who looks up to you. But why not make it intentional? Why not support someone in honor of your best mentors, in honor of your awesome self. Why not change a life?
And if you feel especially grateful, send a note (or this article!) to someone who has been this person for you. Someone who may not realize the impact they’ve had on your life.
How cool will that be for them?
Pass it on.
By Sue Ludwig October 7, 2014