Imagine the conversation…
Neonatologist: You can do what?!
Neonatal Therapist: I have a treatment I can provide today that has been shown through decades of research to help our babies gain weight and digest better, decrease bilirubin levels, and reduce stress and pain. Not to mention their length of stay may be decreased, and neurodevelopmental outcomes will be better.
Neonatologist: That is EXCELLENT! Show me…
Neonatal massage has been heavily researched for decades and shown to be an evidence-based and clinically relevant therapeutic intervention. In fact, nearly 30% of the presentations offered at the NANT 2021 conference referenced neonatal massage as a recommended therapeutic intervention. However, neonatal massage is not yet used by neonatal therapists worldwide as a consistent treatment approach.
This course, Neonatal Massage: What, Why, and How, will provide neonatal therapists with knowledge of what the neuroscientific basis is behind neonatal massage, why massage is valuable to patients, families, and the NICU, and how it can be implemented with the majority of babies admitted to the NICU.
Through case studies, video demonstration, parent and staff interviews, and support of recent research, this course will build the foundation for novice neonatal therapists to speak confidently about the benefits of neonatal massage. Simultaneously, seasoned therapists will better understand and visualize how this evidence-based therapeutic intervention can be implemented as a goal-directed activity for a wide variety of patients with varying medical diagnoses.
Whether it is Jackson, who is a former 31-week GA infant who had 3 chest tubes, a central line, and pleural effusion and is now 35 weeks postmenstrual age (PMA), or Caroline with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) who needed 6 weeks to wean from morphine and clonidine with limited parental involvement, learners will leave this course fueled and empowered to pursue a neonatal massage program in their unit.
OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD, and Neonatal professionals
Lecture, videos, case studies, interviews, recorded question, and answer session. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow the course.
Course Completion Requirements
The learner must view the entire webinar, complete the course evaluation, and complete the post-webinar learning assessment with at least an 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times are recorded and documented. Following completion of this course, physical therapists, nurses, and other disciplines will receive a certificate of completion and a zip file containing information necessary to submit to their individual state for education credit. Zip file will include course bibliography. Physical therapists are responsible for knowing and adhering to their state’s deadlines, rules, and regulations.