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Registration Open! November 1st: Interdisciplinary Institute: Premature and High Risk Infants - Transitioning Home from the NICU

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Interdisciplinary Institute:

Premature and High Risk Infants Transitioning Home from the NICU Friday, November 1, 2013

Double Tree Hotel
Aurora, Colorado

Why an Interdisciplinary Institute on Premature and High Risk Infants/Toddlers?

Every year over 12% of all babies born are premature, late-premature, low birth weight, or with some medical concerns. In Colorado, there are 7,000 to 8,000 babies born prematurely or with complex medical and developmental needs. Unfortunately, these babies may be born to any mother, but they are more likely to be born to mothers who have fewer resources. We know that having a baby born prematurely or with health concerns can be extremely stressful for parents. Not only is it difficult to be in the NICU during the baby’s hospital stay, but it can also be very challenging during the weeks and months after discharge. Once parents are home, they often have questions about feeding, sleep, infant growth, and fussiness. They also must deal with more frequent medical appointments and unfortunately more frequent hospitalizations.

The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Institute is to provide a forum for health care professionals to share their expertise in the care of premature and high-risk infants and their families. The goal of the Interdisciplinary Institute is to optimize the health and developmental outcomes of premature and high-risk infants as well as provide support and connections to community resources for their families.

Keynote: Psychosocial Programs for the Emotional Care of NICU Parents: Rationale and Recommendations

Dr. Michael Hynan a professor of clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee will be our Keynote Speaker. Dr. Hynan’s research, publications, and numerous presentations have focused on the stress both mothers and fathers experience from the birth of a premature infant to their experience in the NICU as well as how professionals can support and empower parents. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Perinatology and a consultant to the Perinatal Follow-through Program for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in addition to many other organizations. He has published on numerous topics including supporting fathers during stressful times in the nursery, parent advocacy, helping siblings cope with a high risk birth. He is also very well known for his development of the Perinatal Posttraumatic Stress Questionnaire.

Other topics that will be presented:
  • Long-term Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Very Preterm and Very Low Birth Weight Infants
  • Nourishing and Nurturing the Family and Infant during Feedings
  • Strategies to Provide Positive Parenting Support
  • Integrating Therapy into Daily Routines
  • Strategies for Providing Positive Parent Support
  • Systems to Transition the Premature and High Risk Infants Home
  • Breastfeeding Concerns and Resources for Preemies
  • Team Approach to Developmentally Supportive Care
  • Genetics Conditions and Developmental Consideration
  • Cultural Awareness and Parent Support
Target Audience:

The Interdisciplinary Institute is designed for community and hospital health care professionals who provide care to premature and high-risk infants and toddlers and their family members. This includes: physicians; nurse practitioners; physician assistants working in primary care and specialty care; NICU nurses and support staff; OT, PT, and Speech therapists; public health nurses; early infant mental health care providers; early childhood interventionists and special educators; service coordinators; family advocates; psychologists; social workers; and dietitians.

If you are not on our mailing list, please send your e-mail to Special Kids, Special Care so that we can be sure you receive the Interdisciplinary Institute brochure and registration information that will be available September 1. You may also check our website for updates. Website:

Please contact Barbara Deloian
Phone messages: 303-886-0135

A Non- Profit Corporation 501(c) 3

Providing innovative health support services to families of premature and high risk infants and toddlers in order to assure healthy outcomes