Facebook Chat: Maternal Mental Health and Preemie Moms

This archived chat, hosted on the NPIHC Facebook page on November 14, 2013, was a dialogue on mental health issues affecting preemie moms with maternal mental health experts and parents who have first-hand experience with trauma, depression, and anxiety after giving birth to preemies. Since mothers of preterm infants are at significantly increased risk for maternal mental health disorders and don't always find the help and support they need, it's critical that parents have the opportunity to connect with each other and learn from professionals. Participants included Laura Martin, Dr. Lisa Osborn, Kasey Mathews, and Michele Rosenthal. The chat is available on the NPIHC Facebook page (live chat tab from November 14) and below. Thank you to all of those who participated in the chat!



Webinar: Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants

Late preterm infants are often treated as "slightly small, almost term babies" and yet babies born at 34 0/7 - 36 6/7 weeks gestation have significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates due to their significant, if not always obvious, immaturity. The "Multidisciplinary Guidelines for the Care of Late Preterm Infants" is an evidence-based approach to providing safe and supportive care for this vulnerable group. Presenter Raylene Phillips, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, reviewed this new resource and described how its use will lead to improved outcomes for late preterm infants by providing guidance, education, and support for families and the healthcare providers who care for them.

Webinar: Oklahoma Infant Alliance's Late Preterm Infant Toolkit

This webinar is presented by Mike McCoy on The Oklahoma Infant Alliance Late Preterm Infant Toolkit. Oklahoma has an unacceptable rate of preterm deliveries at 13.8%, with over three-fourths of those born late preterm (10%) by the last data from the March of Dimes. The Oklahoma Infant Alliance sought to meet the needs of this vulnerable population through the development of a toolkit for use in hospitals and agencies who work with the late preterm infant. This webinar describes the identified problem, the process of development of a clinical practice guideline based on current evidence-based resources and research, and final content of the Late Preterm Toolkit for physicians, allied health, and families with a goal of reduction of morbidities associated with late preterm birth.  Other Panelists include Denise Cole, Coordinator- Office of Perinatal Quality Improvement, Bunny Hudson, Program Director- Oklahoma Infant Transition Program, Bonnie Bellah, Executive Director - Oklahoma Infant Alliance, and Raja Nandyal, Chair- Oklahoma Infant Alliance.

Webinar: Vision Development and the Link to Overall Development in the Premature Infant

This webinar is presented by Glen T. Steele, OD, FCOVD, Professor at the Southern College of Optometry in the Pediatric Service and chair of the American Optometric Association InfantSEE Committee. Dr. Steele provides a focused discussion of the most prevalent and significant issues involved in eye and vision care and development during infancy, when problems are discovered, and early intervention options for children. Dr. Steele also provides information on incidence of vision problems in premature infants, how vision links to overall development, current approaches to care, and opportunities for parents and providers to positively impact the lives of these children.

Webinar: Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Postpartum Depression in parents of NICU babies

This webinar on Acute Stress Disorder (ASD), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Postpartum Depression (PPD) in parents of NICU babies is provided by Dr. Michael Hynan, and describes the symptoms of ASD, PTSD and PPD, different trajectories of recovery, and research on a potentially dangerous relationship between high levels of emotional distress in new parents and impaired infant development. Dr. Hynan discusses potential interventions as well as model NICU programs, including teaching parenting competencies and developmental care, screening mothers and fathers for emotional distress, parent support groups led by veteran NICU parents, psychologists and psychosocial programs in the NICU, family-centered care and referral networks.

Webinar: The Pediatrix BabySteps Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW)

Implications for the Future of Neonatal Care

Guest Speaker: Alan R. Spitzer, MD

Overview: This webinar provides an overview of the Pediatrix BabySteps Clinical Data Warehouse (CDW). This novel tool allows for an unbiased extraction of information from an entire neonatal population care by physicians and advanced practice nurses in Pediatrix Medical Group. Because it represents the practice of newborn medicine ranging from small community intensive care units to some of the largest neonatal intensive care units in the United States, it is highly representative of scope of practice in the U.S. Its value in defining outcome measures, quality improvement projects, and research continues to grow annually. Now coupled with the BabySteps QualitySteps program for defined clinical quality improvement projects, it represents a robust methodology for meaningful use of an electronic health care record, as designated during this era of health care reform. Continued growth of the CDW should result in continued important observations and improvements in neonatal care.