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Different Beginnings: An Inside View of the NICU

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The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, is a busy and intimidating place. New parents, still recovering from a sudden or complicated birth or infant diagnosis, may be pushed into this unfamiliar territory, with a whole new language and culture to learn. Even in situations where a possible NICU stay was anticipated, the reality of leaving their vulnerable baby in the NICU while being discharged home, is distressing to the new family.

Parents, relatives, caregivers, birth or parenting educators and interested others can attend this webinar to learn more about daily life in the NICU. We’ll review the various roles of the many NICU staff members and share some common terms, equipment and procedures that parents might encounter during their baby’s NICU stay.

We’ll discuss a variety of ways that parents can be empowered to connect with their hospitalized baby and build confidence in their parenting skills. We’ll also share tips on how to remain informed and effectively communicate with the baby’s medical team. In addition, we’ll explore the roller coaster of emotions often experienced by NICU parents, and share coping strategies, resources and supports that can help when a baby is in the NICU. 

Join us for a Behind the Scenes View of the NICU, presented in conjunction with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), a nationally ranked Level 3 NICU with 77 beds.

Date: Tue, Jan 7, 2014
Time: 02:00 PM EST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Isis Parenting
 Presenter Information
Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP
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Ms. Coughlin has over 25 years of clinical practice with a focus in neonatal nursing and advanced practice nursing. As the founder and president of Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC, she has served as their global learning officer since 2010. She is currently serving as a consultant for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Neonatal Developmental Care Initiative and is midway into a three year term.

Ms. Coughlin authored the 2011 NANN Guidelines for Age Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant and authored the book: Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-informed, Age-appropriate Care (Springer Publishing 2014).  Ms. Coughlin publishes regularly in professional journals and speaks at national and international conferences. Her passion is around educating and mentoring NICU clinicians and administrators, working to transform the culture of NICU care. Those who have heard her speak describe Ms. Coughlin as motivational and transformational.

Nancy Holtzman, RN IBCLC CPN
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Nancy Holtzman is a Vice President at Isis Parenting and leads Clinical Content and eLearning. Nancy has over 25 years of clinical nursing experience and is a mother/baby nurse educator, a board certified lactation consultant and board certified pediatric nurse. Nancy speaks and writes nationally on maternal child health topics including new parent adjustment, infant care and development, infant and toddler sleep and breastfeeding. Her popular weekly live webinars have an international following. Find her tweeting about all about babies at @nancyholtzman.