Course Description: In 2008, the National Institutes of Health launched the Human Microbiome Project to characterize the human microbiome and analyze its role in health and disease. The Microbiome is the resident microbes that are living on and within our body. They are 10 times more prevalent than the human cells in our body! There has been a shift in the view towards microbes since we learned that a few microbes make us sick but most are commensal “good” bacteria. What has been most fascinating is how the baby’s skin and gut becomes colonized after birth. Skin colonization occurs rapidly after birth and coincides with significant skin barrier functions. How the intestine is colonized and the 4 sources of intestinal colonization will be reviewed and discussed. There is great interest in this process since the intestinal bacteria plays an important role in the systemic immune system and is linked to your mood. There is a vast difference in the bacteria between vaginal and cesarean delivered infants which has implications for some of these infant’s later health issues. C-section delivered babies have increased rates of obesity, asthma and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC.) Factors that promote healthy microbiota in the neonate will be addressed. Implications for Practice in Birthing units, Nurseries and NICU’s will be covered with specific emphasis on the role of Breastfeeding and Skin-to Skin Care.
Target Audience: OT, SLP, PT, RN, MD and Neonatal professionals
Instructional Method: Recorded webinar with lecture and handouts. Learning assessment and course evaluation follow 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 80% to receive education credit. Login and logout times will be 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.