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 August 19, 2014
“Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” ― Mary Anne Radmacher
Once upon a time there was a neonatal therapist adamant about bringing change to the NICU.
She saw the gaps, the missing pieces of practice and culture holding them back from being a fantastic unit. She wasn’t alone. She and a small group of nurses had formed an alliance about the change. Slowly, collectively, the change became more of a mission than a project.
Because once they fully understood the evidence behind the change, and fully grasped the positive long-term effects it could have on the infants in their care – well, it seemed incomprehensible NOT to move forward.
In fact, they were suddenly in a hurry. How could they continue providing care in the same way when they KNEW it could be done differently, better? It nearly kept them up at night. (Ok, it DID keep them up at night.)
They sought out the correct avenues to pursue this change. The right leaders, the strategic meetings, the perfect time in the budget cycle. And yet they were met with half-hearted engagement rather than curiosity, roadblock upon roadblock, and the nearly rhetorical response, “It’s just not in the budget.”
For months they kept at it. Months turned into a year, then two.
Sometimes they took a break. One can only take so much rejection about something so important and remain inspired.
Then they rallied – new research! New evidence! Surely, this would be enough to convince the powers that be that infants deserve something better. After all, the babies cannot speak but they can feel. And in fact, they speak volumes - if one knows how to listen.
Hundreds of infants were admitted, cared for and discharged from their unit since the group first began advocating for change. Those infants will not reap the benefits of the groups’ efforts.
But maybe this time, maybe now, maybe the next quarter.
And so it goes.
The group stuck together, remained steadfast in their mission. They found themselves in a meeting that changed everything. The right people, the right time, the best evidence. Suddenly, the brick walls crumbled, there was an opening. Light! Heads nodded in agreement! Could this be happening?!
It was happening.
The advocates were beside themselves with excitement, relief, joy, exhaustion.
Months later, as one of the advocates walked past an infant’s bedside, she noted that the new practice had taken hold and that babies and families are better for it. Not just in this moment, but for a lifetime.
It was worth it.
Note: This story describes YOU. All of you. And it reflects the many changes you want to see in your NICUs. Whether skin-to-skin holding, breastfeeding, neurodevelopmental care, better feeding practices, age appropriate environments – the process seems to be the same.
Know that you are not alone.
You are not failing.
You are not crazy to think that infants deserve a certain level of care (not just medical intervention, but age-appropriate care).
Change is exponentially slow in healthcare.
The journey is long. And frustrating. Many give up along the way. Some leave healthcare altogether. You’re still here. THANKFULLY you are still here.
In this environment, it’s rare to succeed by demolishing the walls in your path. Chip away at them instead.
You speak for those who cannot.
How long would the change take without you?
By Sue Ludwig August 12, 2014