About NTMC

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About NTMC 2018-07-11T13:36:35+00:00

OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of babies and families through touch and massage.

OUR VISION: To have 95% of touch in the NICU be intentionally comforting.

We owe it to babies and families to touch not just with our hands, but also with our hearts during every neonatal interaction. Reportedly 95% of touch in the NICU is not intentionally comforting.  This study led me to develop NTMC with a clear vision to reverse this for babies and families. —

Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC | President, Creative Therapy Consultants
Founder, Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification®

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification® (NTMC) is an exclusively neonatal, one-of-a-kind certification for neonatal healthcare providers. NTMC™ combines a holistic, neonatal and systems theory approach to massage, with an emphasis on families and nurturing opportunities, while elevating the standard of care that neonatal caregivers provide in their daily practice.

The Certification has been developed with a 3-fold purpose: to help NICU babies, families, and staff. It’s all about maximizing positive long-term development of the infant and giving families the opportunity and tools to bond with their infant.

NTMC includes both On-Line Education and Hands-On Training along with over 25 contact hours, professional credentials, and expertise in Neuroprotective, Family-Centered, Developmental Care.

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What is Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC)™? 2017-07-26T14:44:11+00:00

Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification is an exclusively neonatal, one of a kind certification for neonatal healthcare providers! It includes current literature through On-Line and Hands-On training, and is clinically applicable for daily caregiving in the NICU. NTMC has been developed with a threefold purpose:

1. Support NICU Infants:

Neonates often experience an overbalance of medical and procedural touch in the NICU, and have a greater risk of developmental issues. This certification will re-set the scales to balance out this negative touch with intentional, positive, nurturing touch to optimize the long-term development of infants.

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Literature on Skin, Touch, and Massage
  • Brain and Sensory Development
  • Theoretical Models of Development
  • Intentional Caregiving
  • The Importance of Sleep for Development
  • Lymphatic System
  • Respiratory System
  • Impact of Stress on Development
  • Myofascial System

NTMC supports infants

2. Support NICU Families:

Families in the NICU ache to touch and hold their son or daughter. This certification will raise NICU caregiver’s awareness and skill to provide families with opportunities to parent their infant through touch and massage in the NICU and beyond.

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Family Centered Care Principles
  • Using Green Products in the NICU and Beyond
  • Maternal Administered Infant Massage
  • Swaddled Bathing
  • Skin-to-Skin Holding

NTMC supports NICU families

3. Support NICU Staff:

Neonatal healthcare providers are not always equipped with the knowledge, skill, and practice to implement touch and massage into their daily caregiving activities. This certification will provide the lessons and tools to do just that!

Curriculum includes, but is not limited to:

  • Impact of Massage on Growth and Development
  • Therapeutic Positioning
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) Principals
  • Lymph Drainage
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Releases
  • Massage Techniques
  • Anatomy: Muscles, Bones, and Ligaments
  • Handling, Bathing, Procedures, Skin-to-Skin

NTMC supports NICU staff

How is this certification different from other Infant Massage Certifications? 2017-12-02T17:52:18+00:00
Different Babies.
Different Families.
Different Risks.
Medical status, brain maturation, developmental status, parent stress, no comparisons.
NTMC was designed exclusively by and for neonatal professionals with vastly different goals, approach, practice, and education that infant massage.

What are the benefits of becoming certified in NTMC? 2017-12-06T11:55:55+00:00
  • Earn credentials for your professional signature! NTMTC for Therapists and NTMNC for Nurses
  • Raise your understanding of the latest research on touch and massage in the neonatal population
  • Have the opportunity to learn from experts throughout the United States and Canada
  • Learn from the experts who are actually completing and publishing research in neonatal care
  • Increase your knowledge of neonatal and infant development
  • Enhance your skill with daily caregiving and handling activities
  • Learn specific touch and massage techniques to maximize sleep, comfort and neurodevelopment
  • Sharpen your observation and assessment skills
  • Obtain an advance practice certification in the highly specialized field of neonatal care
What benefits does NTMC offer for babies and families? 2017-12-02T14:10:17+00:00

Babies benefit when their NTMC professional improve the baby’s movement, alignment, comfort, level of stress, and sleep through touch, massage, 2 person caregiving, proper handling and positioning,

Families benefit when their baby’s NTMC professional teach them how to provide massage, skin-to-skin holding, swaddled bathing, and positive touch. Learning these caregiver activities improves the parent’s confidence and independence in parenting, improves infant-parent attachment, reduces parenting stress while improving the neurodevelopmental outcomes of the babies.

benefits for babies and families

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Where will I complete the Hands-On Training? 2018-07-11T13:12:24+00:00
How do I become Neonatal Touch & Massage Certified? 2018-07-11T13:15:26+00:00

The process has three phases:

Phase I Application and Registration

  • Complete and submit the application, including a copy of your current license, and the validation form verifying 1000 hours worked in the NICU or SCN.
  • Once accepted, you will register and receive an NTMC login and instructions on how to proceed to Phase II.

Phase II Neonatal On-Line Education

  • Complete all On-Line Educational webinars (at your convenience) provided by experts from the United States and Canada.
  • Complete and pass (>80%) the short test after each webinar.
  • Obtain CEUs for the 15 hours of On-Line Education (OT, PT, RN)

Phase III Hands-On Training

  • Attend one day (Nurses) or two days (Therapists) of Hands -On Training.
  • Complete and pass (>80%) the final exam, which includes video analysis.
  • Obtain CEUs for the one or two days of Hands-On Training (OT, PT, RN)
  • Earn Professional Credentials: NTMNC (Nurses) or NTMTC (Therapists)
How can I host NTMC at my Facility? 2018-03-28T17:49:49+00:00

It’s simple! Creative Therapy Consultants does most of the work for you.  You only need to have 6 staff from your facility attend (any combination of neonatal RNs, OTs, PTs, SLPs) and provide the room, data projector/screen, along with a light breakfast.  We provide everything else, including marketing, binders with handouts, dolls for lab, instructors, brochures, contact hours, credentials, and certificates!  Click HERE to learn more and download a document or simply send us an email to set up a time do discuss your options further!

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