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 Laura Madlinger-Lewis July 22, 2014
An Article Fairy Summary by Laura Madlinger-Lewis
When we hear the term “posttraumatic stress disorder”, we often think of those who have defended our country in war or someone who has witnessed a terrible crime, and not necessarily parents of infants in the NICU.
However, there is a large body of evidence which demonstrates that parents of preterm and sick infants can experience symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during their child’s hospital stay and even long after.
This negatively impacts the parent-child relationship and overall quality of life.
As neonatal therapists, we have all probably worked with parents who experience PTSD symptoms such as
- avoidance (not visiting their infant despite having the means to come to the hospital)
- physiological reactivity (racing heart when entering the unit)
- or blaming themselves for what has happened.
Although supportive therapy is available, NICU parents face a unique set of emotional challenges. What if there was a program designed specifically to reduce parental trauma and depression for parents of babies in the NICU?
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and New York University Medical School sought to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention developed specifically to target parental trauma and infant redefinition versus an active comparison group in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression in mothers of preterm infants. Participants in the intervention group received six sessions of treatment consisting of psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, progressive muscle relaxation, and development of their trauma narrative.
The treatment was provided by therapists who adhered precisely to the written treatment manual. The study, published last fall in the journal Pediatrics, found that mothers in the intervention group reported a significantly greater reduction in trauma symptoms and depression, and that mothers in both groups had significant improvement in anxiety.
The findings of this study are important to neonatal therapists for several reasons.
- We can convey to parents who are struggling with PTSD that they are not alone in what they are experiencing, and that treatment specific to parents of NICU babies is available and effective.
- The authors of the study highlight that this intervention is based on a written manual, and can be taught to individuals who do not have any specific training in psychological treatments.
- In many NICUs neonatal therapists help facilitate parent support groups, and this intervention could be something to consider including in these groups if deemed appropriate.
Below is a link to the abstract for the above study, as well as information for accessing the full text article.
Shaw, R., St John, N., Lilo, E., Jo, B., Benitz, W., Stevenson, D., & Horwtiz, S. (2013). Prevention of traumatic stress in mothers with preterm infants: A randomized controlled trial. Pediatrics, 132, e886-e894.
By Sue Ludwig July 15, 2014