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.
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.
2013 NANT Conference
The National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) is a network 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 February 25, 2014
Brent Celek (Philadelphia Eagles), me (short person), Garrett Celek (San Francisco 49ers), J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati Bengals) and Rob Ludwig.
Disclosure: I love football. I beg my kids to toss with me every summer on the beach. I even played quarterback in intramural flag football in college. (Swear this is true. At 5'3" I was a force to be reckoned with). But this article is not about football. It's about life, and giving back to those that helped you shape yours.
Venue: Cincinnati LaSalle High School Camelot Auction (fundraising event)
How did 3 NFL players end up there? Each of them played football for this high school. They came back to give back.
Why should you care? So many of you give back - through your work in the NICU, your communities, and your own fundraising efforts. I thought of you while I was at this event. I think you'll appreciate what I learned there. I'm writing this in honor of you, the unspoken heroes, the caretakers of fragile infants and their families.
Here are 3 lessons I learned from the NFL-men (that's what I'll call them here):
1. Time trumps money.
Did the NFL-men help raise money for the school? Yes. Was that their biggest contribution of the night? No. Their biggest contribution was their time. And not just time measured in hours- time measured in complete and utter commitment to being there.
They did not waltz in at 8pm and leave at 9:30. They brought their families and settled in at a table just like the rest of us. They hung out. They took photos without complaint. They signed things. They added 'items' to that auction that weren't on the docket - things that would involve MORE of their time in 2014 and 2015. They enjoyed doing this. They truly showed up.
They could've sent in financial support without appearing in person. They didn't.
They taught me that when giving back, time is our most valuable commodity.
2. Giving is an ego-less sport.
The NFL-men could've made a big entrance. Could've asked for a special place to sit or at least a little fanfare. But I didn't even know they were there for a couple of hours. (I did wonder who those big guys were.)
Their actions and words contained no references to their own achievements. There was only a spirit of gratitude, camaraderie, and being back 'home' in this school.
This reminds me of you. Every day you clock into work and take care of someone else's children. You do this through any sort of weather, natural disaster, or state of stress in your own lives. You volunteer extra hours to run committees and set up early intervention services, and stay late for the third day in a row because it's the only time mom can meet you for that first feeding. You come in from home to support families when letting go is the only option. And that doesn't even touch on what you do outside the NICU.
You do this without external reward because the energy of giving is your trophy.
The spirit with which you and the NFL-men give back is heroic. Life-changing. Vital to making the world go around.
Cheers to all of you for checking your ego at the door.
3. Thank the pavers.
If you look back, you likely have at least 1 person, if not many, that contributed to your successes - a friend, parent, coach, mentor, teacher or first boss.
Maybe you would've succeeded anyhow, but with their input, you skipped a lot of mistakes or learned more from the ones you did make. Maybe they believed in you, the kid that everyone assumed had no direction or potential, or cheered for you as the kid who was driven from the start.
The NFL-men made it clear that they were there to thank their pavers - those who helped them lay down a path not only to professional football, but as one of them said, "I learned how to become a man here." THIS was the primary spirit of their involvement.
It made me consider, "Have I thanked everyone in my life that helped pave the way?"
It seems that part of the recipe of giving back involves this crucial step of acknowledgement, a trip back down the path that led you, however crooked and wandering, to the place you are now.
Thanks NFL-men, for waking me up. For making me aware of some letters I need to write or phone calls I need to make.
"Praise the bridge that carried you over." George Colman the Younger
By Sue Ludwig February 21, 2014