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 26, 2014
You might be sitting there wondering, "Is this the year?"
That's what a few of the speakers and poster presenters at the 2014 NANT Conference were thinking last year at this time! They had never spoken at the national level, but had been educating parents, NICU staff and fellow therapists for years, decades even.
Some of them decided to take a leap and submitted to speak or present a poster. (After all, they were doing great work that could help other units!) And there they were, speaking on stage or in poster sessions to an international audience.
Decisions like this can open doors for you that you can't even imagine. My speaking career began simply because I said YES to our medical director when asked to present at a regional conference. I was scared to death. I did it anyway.
(This was not like me. I was not a risk-taker. I was afraid of failing, not knowing enough. Not knowing EVERYTHING. I guess things have changed. I now model imperfect action for a living, and I'm good with that.)
It's time to banish the 3 fears that keep you off the stage:
1) PERCEIVED AS FRAUD: No one would want to hear me speak. I'm no expert. I don't know enough. (Even though you have over 10 years of experience? No one knows everything. What DO you know?)
2) COMPARISON: My project/research/speaking ability isn't as compelling as what I experienced at the NANT Conference last year. (Subjective statement.) And my abstract probably won't be accepted. (Maybe it will, maybe it won't. But there's a 100% chance it won't if we never see it.)
Or my personal favorite:
3) WAITING FOR UTOPIA: I'll submit next year, when my life is in order and everything is perfect. (Universal assumption that there will come a time when your calendar is blank and you can finally accomplish all those things you wanted to do someday.)
This is what I know: therapists want to hear from you (regardless of your discipline) if you're doing great work that benefits babies in the NICU. Research, quality improvement, collaborative efforts to change culture or practice - your contributions elevate the experience for patients, families and colleagues.
There is no one like you on the whole planet. No one can teach us just like you can!
Is this the year?
_________Click here to submit your work. You'll be in amazing company.
By Sue Ludwig August 19, 2014