17Nov

World Prematurity Day: Supporting Parent Bonding through Diapering and Other Key Milestones

By Sue Ludwig

In honor of World Prematurity Day today, Huggies®, a NANT Premier Partner, has sponsored a brand-new Special Topic Course presented by Kelli Kelley, Founder and CEO of Hand to Hold. At a time when parent connection has been uniquely upended by Covid-19, this course and its messages are more vital than ever. The video Kelli narrates in the first minutes of this course is transformative in and of itself.

Course Title 
Supporting Parent Bonding through Diapering and Other Key Milestones

Course Description 
Encouraging and facilitating parent bonding in the NICU is key to building a healthy ecosystem that empowers parents to become confident caregivers. Kelli Kelley, Founder and CEO of Hand to Hold takes us on an emotionally moving and practical account of her family’s NICU experience. She provides both professionals and parents with tangible ways to foster parent bonding through key milestones during the NICU journey.

Click here to access the course now.

Course Objectives

  • Understand the impact you have on the lives of the entire NICU family.
  • Consider how you can help craft a healthy ecosystem for NICU families that promotes parent-infant bonding.
  • Become passionate advocates for greater family support in your NICUs.

Speaker Bio

Kelli D. Kelley is the Founder and CEO of Hand to Hold, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and support for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and bereaved families.

A NICU graduate parent who suffered from psychosocial issues for years after her children’s early births, she now invests her time and talents to raise awareness about the high incidence of anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder among these parents and the long-term implications for the baby and family.

Kelli serves as Vice President of board of directors of the National Coalition for Infant Health. She sits on the steering committee of the National Perinatal Association’s RSV Working Group and the leadership team of the NICU Parent Network of which she is a founding member.

She is a past President of the Austin chapter of the Association for Women in Communications, now Women Communicators of Austin, and a graduate of Leadership Austin. She is also an alumni of NANT’s Launch Leadership program.

Kelli was named a 2015 Outstanding Austin Communicator from Woman Communicators of Austin, 2011 Local Hero through Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative® and a 2011 Health Care Hero through the Austin Business Journal. She is the 2010 recipient of the Austin Under 40 Award for Medical and Health Care, and an ENERGIZER Keep Going Hall of Fame Semifinalist.

Kelli received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In her free-time she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and friends, reading, cooking, hiking, listening to podcasts, volunteering with her daughter through the National Charity League and playing with her new mini-dachshund.

Kelli presents her experiences in a way that’s both educational and poignant. We will all learn something new from her.

We are grateful to be able to share this course with the world, free of charge, thanks to Huggies®.

Again, click here for immediate access.

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