Baby_home375NTMC® professionals are eligible to recertify every 2 years following their Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification.®  Recertification is specifically designed to build upon the previous NTMC  education and optimize the NTMC professional’s skill set, knowledge base and practice in current, evidenced-based, neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care. Aimed to maximize professional development, while minimizing cost and time away from home, NTMC recertification is completed entirely online and consists of pre-recorded webinars, updated categorized bibliography, and supplemental handouts and resources. By completing recertification, NTMC professionals increase their growth and expertise while maintaining their professional credentials (NTMNC for Nurses and NTMTC for Therapists (OTs, PTs and SLPs) and earning contact hours.

Registration opens for all three of these NTMC Recertification courses on May 1st and completion is required by August 31st.

When am I eligible for NTMC® Recertification?

NTMC Recertification occurs every 2 years following your Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification.®  For example, if you completed NTMC in 2022, you will recertify in 2024, 2026, 2028, etc. The first recertification you will complete the NTMC Initial Recertification, and every 2 years after that you will complete either the NTMC Ongoing Recertification or the brand new; you asked for it, so we provided itNTMC Refresher Recertification!

Registration opens for all three of these courses on May 1st, and completion is required by August 31st.

Unsure when you are due to complete recertification?  Simply find your name and recertification year in our NTMC Directory! Have further questions? Contact us at Tanja@neonatalcertification.com

Scholarships Available!

Earth Mama Organics supports Creative Therapy Consultants’ mission to educate neonatal caregivers about the tremendous impact their touch has in improving the lives of babies and their families. Earth Mama Organics strongly believes in empowerment through education, and therefore is providing 10 scholarships to neonatal healthcare professionals for NTMC Initial and Ongoing Recertification. No need to complete any forms, simply register for the course and 10 lucky NTMC® professionals will be receive free registration!

NTMC® Initial Recertification

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NTMC Initial Recertification is an opportunity to recommit to the power and importance of touch and massage while refueling your passion for neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care. This advanced level course is exclusively designed for NTMC professionals who completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification® 2 years ago.

NTMC Initial Recertification is completed entirely online and provides the opportunity to earn contact hours and maintain your professional credentials: NTMNC for Nurses and NTMTC for Therapists – OTs, PTs and SLPs. Registration opens May 1st and completion is required by August 31st.

Course Description:

NTMC Initial Recertification is an advanced level course and provides an opportunity to recommit to the power and importance of touch and massage while refueling your passion for neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care. This educational opportunity will update knowledge and enhance skills learned during Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification,® as well as provide continued resources, updated references and opportunities for further growth.

Participants appraise the value of neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care activities that foster infant development and parent engagement. They will update their ability to integrate their NTMC skills, such as positioning, handling, touch and massage, for infants with varying medical, sensory, and neurodevelopmental needs.

Additional Resources when you register and complete NTMC Initial Recertification:

  • Updated categorized bibliography with the most relevant research in neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care
  • Listening Touch MassageReference Sheet
  • Listening Touch MassageParent Resource Sheet
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Release Reference Sheet (Therapists Only)
  • Continued updates, literature reviews, webinars, access to CTC staff for clinical consultation and other valuable resources throughout the next two years when you register and complete NTMC Initial Recertification!

By the end of NTMC Initial Recertification, 100% of participants will pass all post-tests with a score of 80% or higher showing their knowledge and ability to:

  1. Combine three caregiving activities to optimize neonatal development and parent experience.
  2. Develop a plan of care for three babies with different diagnoses based on the benefits of massage identified in the current literature.

NTMC Initial Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity.

Who is eligible for NTMC Initial Recertification?

  • All *NTMC professionals are eligible to complete the NTMC Initial Recertification 2 years after receiving their Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification.
  • Registration opens May 1st and course completion is required by August 31st.
  • Reminder cards for eligible NTMC professionals are sent out in April via email and mailed cards.

What is the process for NTMC Initial Recertification?

  • Nurses
    • Register as a NTMNC (NTMC Nurse) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 5 online webinars and a massage video analysis with a 5-question test following each one (test scores must be >80%).
    • Submit a one-page exemplar that reflects on the knowledge and skills you gained through Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification.
    • Complete the Evaluation and then download your contact hour and NTMC certificates!
    • Upon completion, you will maintain NTMNC professional credentials for an additional 2 years.
  • Therapists
    • Register as a NTMTC (NTMC Therapist) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 6 online webinars, a massage video analysis and a MTPR video analysis with a 5-question test following each one (test scores must be >80%).
    • Submit a one-page exemplar that reflects on the knowledge and skills you gained through Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification.
    • Complete the Evaluation and then download your CEU/CCU & NTMC Certificates!
    • Upon completion, you will maintain NTMTC professional credentials for an additional 2 years.

The fee for Nurses and Therapists is $125.

*NTMC professionals are RN, OT, PT, SLP professionals who have professional credentials of NTMNC or NTMTC.

You are eligible for NTMC Initial Recertification in 2024 if you attended one of the following NTMC’s:

  • Virtual Training – January 21 & 22, 2022
  • Virtual Training – February 25 & 26, 2022
  • Chattanooga, TN – March 11 & 12, 2022
  • Cincinnati, OH – April 4 & 5, 2022
  • Virtual Training – April 28 & 29, 2022
  • Salt Lake City, UT – May 12 & 13, 2022
  • Portland, OR – May 16 & 17, 2022
  • Virtual Training – July 29 & 30, 2022
  • Virtual Training – August 12 & 13, 2022
  • Redlands, CA – September 16 & 17, 2022
  • Las Vegas, NV – October 21 & 22, 2022
  • Virtual Training – November 4 & 5, 2022
  • San Antonio, TX – November 12 & 13, 2022

Unsure when you’re due to recertify? Click here and search for your name in our NTMC directory to find out!

Access NTMC Initial Recertification Speakers’ Disclosures Here

Developmental Progression of the Preterm Infant Throughout the First Year, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

57 minutes| Reviews the typical development of an infant born at 25 weeks gestation and follows through one year of age, with a review of brain, skin, neuromotor and neurobehavioral development.  Likewise, the suggested caregiving activities to provide and mentor families for optimal growth and development in these areas are discussed.

Positioning & Handling, Virginia E. McGill, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

56 minutes| Positioning of the neonate affects their postural and neuromotor development as well as their current physiologic stability and sleep. In this module, you will learn why the neonate is particularly susceptible to changes in their development due to positioning and how to optimize their function now and for the future through infant positioning and handling.

Communicating with Parents, Kiera Sorells, BSFCS

49 minutes| This presentation will explore the specific psychosocial needs of high-risk mothers and NICU parents to uncover common barriers of communication and provide tools, strategies and resources to overcome those barriers and improve outcomes.

Listening Touch Massage™ with the NICU Patient, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

12 minutes| Reviews the implementation of massage with an infant in the NICU who is intubated, and mentoring of the mom on how to complete massage with her son.

Massage Video Analysis

3 minutes| View a video vignette of a neonatal caregiving practice and analyze the techniques being used.

Myofascial Trigger Point Release Techniques for the NICU Patient, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

22 minutes| Demonstrates myofascial trigger point releases (MTPR) through NICU patient videos. Infant behavioral and musculoskeletal responses are easily visualized and specific landmarks for MTPR are described and demonstrated in detail. (Therapists ONLY)

MTPR Video Analysis

3 minutes| View a video vignette of a myofascial trigger point release practice and analyze the techniques being used. (Therapists ONLY)

Massage Literature Review Update, Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

78 minutes| Provides the most current and evidence-based literature regarding neonatal touch and massage.

Exemplar Submission

Identify a skill from your Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification® that has been the most helpful to you in your neonatal practice. In a one-page narrative, explain how this skill has impacted your practice and how you have incorporated the skill into patient care, either personally or in your unit.

Access NTMC Initial Recertification Speakers’ Disclosures HERE

RACHEL HARRIS, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Rachel received her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. During her time at Washington University, she was actively involved in research related to maternal mental health and neonatal feeding outcomes. Rachel worked in a level IV NICU at Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital for five years, where she also saw infants through home health with torticollis, plagiocephaly, and developmental delays. Rachel currently works in a Level III NICU in Chicago, is on the Creative Therapy Consultants’ team, is an NTMC presenter, and is passionate about improving outcomes for neonates and their families.

VIRGINIA MCGILL, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC

Ginny McGill graduated from Creighton University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2001. She has practiced in the NICU for 22 years, at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Providence Alaska Children’s Hospital. She has received certifications in Neonatal Therapy, Neonatal Touch & Massage as well as wound care and lymphedema. Ginny teaches locally and nationally. You may have seen her speak through her work with the Vermont Oxford Network (VON), Engage Grow Thrive or Creative Therapy Consultants. She enjoys sharing knowledge and is grateful to her mentors, John Chappel, Mary Massery, Kara Ann Waitzman and the many babies, families and therapists she has worked with throughout her career. Ginny lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her family and dog, Finn, and enjoys exploring the outdoors, especially any water sport she can find.

KEIRA SORRELLS, BSFCS

Keira Sorrells is the mother of triplets born at 25 weeks, 5 days gestation. Ms. Sorrells spent nine and a half months in the NICU with her girls and experienced every parent’s greatest fear when one of her daughters died at 14 months old. In 2008, these traumas led Ms. Sorrells to launch the Zoe Rose Memorial Foundation, a non-profit that supports NICU families. She soon became aware that the voice of the NICU parent was underrepresented in Maternal and Infant Health communites. In response, Ms. Sorrells helped launch and now serves as President of the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA). PPA a network of over 30 NICU parent support organizations that is dedicated to representing the needs and best interests of NICU families in all facets of healthcare policy, care guidelines, advocacy, education, and family support. Ms. Sorrells strongly believes that no single organization or provider can serve all the needs of all NICU families, only through collaboration can the true voice of the NICU parent be represented appropriately.

KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for 36 years in a level III NICU and serves as the nursery’s developmental specialist. Kara Ann is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC®), Original Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding® and original co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales© She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained and reliable in NIDCAP.  She has served on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continuum of Care Advisory Board and Power of Touch Committee, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Professional Collaborative, the Pampers Womb to World Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Program Services board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for over two decades and has published articles on positioning and feeding, and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed videos on Massage, Skin-to-Skin, and Swaddled Bathing. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

NTMC Initial Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity and is exclusively provided for NTMC Professionals who completed the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification 2 years ago.

Contact Hours:

Course requirements for NTMC Initial Recertification include completion by August 31st of the calendar year the learner is registered, > 80% test score following each webinar, including the video analysis test and completion of exemplar and course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

  • Nurses:
    • This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
      • Approved to award 5 contact hours. AHNA Approval Number 1840.
      • Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

    Physical Therapists

    • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 5.06 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
  • Occupational Therapists
    • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04271. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.475 CEUs, in advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.
    • This PD activity is approved for 4.75 contact hours (0.475 CEUs)

  • Speech Language Pathologists
    • NTMC Initial Recertification is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs.

*Partial credit for this course will not be given.

Click the links below for more information about the following topics. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Simply send an email to NTMC@neonatalcertification.com

Special Needs Request

Cancellation Policy

Speaker & Sponsorship Disclosures

Conflict of Interest Policy

Grievance/Complaint

Appeal Grievance/Complaint

NTMC® Ongoing Recertification

NTMC Ongoing Recertification is an online course which focuses on neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care by integrating current knowledge and skills learned during Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification™ and NTMC Initial Recertification. Up-to-date evidence will be reviewed and NTMC principles & practices will be highlighted through case scenarios. Live videos with clinical applications provide both nurses and therapists with further integration of how to implement practices into everyday care in the NICU and beyond.

NTMC Ongoing Recertification is completed entirely online and provides the opportunity to earn contact hours and maintain your professional credentials: NTMNC for Nurses and NTMTC for Therapists- OTs, PTs and SLPs. Registration opens May 1st and completion is required by August 31st.

A special THANK YOU to the families who allowed us to tell their stories in NTMC Ongoing Recertification.

Our daily actions truly matter to the infants and families we care for. 

Know Better. Do Better. Change a Life.

Course Description:

NTMC Ongoing Recertification is an online, advanced level course that provides lecture, videos, and multiple case scenarios through the lens of “A day in the life of an NTMC RN or Therapist.” Coursework focusing on incorporating up-to-date evidence from the last two years, providing the Listening Touch Massage, mentoring parents to have early and consistent engagement with their infant, modifying the environment to support age-appropriate sensory experiences and maximizing infants’ well-being and feeding outcomes through intentional implementation of neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated NTMC principles and practices. Video demonstrations, case scenarios, and clinical analysis are provided for optimal learning.

Additional Resources:

  • Updated categorized bibliography with the most relevant research in neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care.
  • NTMC principles and practices checklist to download and use for goal setting.
  • Continued updates, literature reviews, webinars, access to CTC staff for clinical consultation and other valuable resources throughout the next two years when you register and complete NTMC Ongoing Recertification!

By the end of NTMC Ongoing Recertification, 100% of participants will pass all post-tests with a score of 80% or higher showing their knowledge and ability to:

  1. Combine at least three NTMC evidence based practices to modify the environment of care that will optimize age-appropriate sensory experiences.
  2. Rate two goals to support parent-infant engagement, based on a clinical scenario.
  3. Critique massage care practices to maximize infant’s parasympathetic response.
  4. Justify two NTMC practices based on current literature to maximize infant’s feeding.

NTMC Ongoing Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity.

Who is eligible for NTMC Ongoing Recertification?

  • All NTMC professionals* are eligible to complete the NTMC Ongoing Recertification every 2 years after completing the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification.
  • Not sure when you certified? Scroll down for further information or click here and search for your name in our NTMC directory to find out the year you are eligible to recertify! Still need help? Contact Tanja@neonatalcertification.com
  • Registration opens May 1st and course completion is required by August 31st.
  • Reminders for eligible NTMC professionals are sent out in April via email and mailed cards.

What is the process for NTMC Ongoing Recertification?

  • Nurses
    • Register as a NTMNC (NTMC Nurse) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 4 online webinars and a 5-question test following each one (tests scores must be >80%).
    • Complete the course evaluation and then download your contact hour and NTMC certificates!
    • Upon completion, you will maintain NTMNC professional credentials for an additional 2 years.
  • Therapists
    • Register as a NTMTC (NTMC Therapist) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 4 online webinars and a 5-question test following each one (tests scores must be >80%).
    • Complete the course evaluation and then download your CEU/CCU & NTMC certificates!
    • Upon completion, you will maintain NTMTC professional credentials for an additional 2 years.

The fee for Nurses and Therapists is $125.

*NTMC professionals are those RNs, OTs, SLPs, PTs who have the professional credentials of NTMTC or NTMNC.

Access NTMC Speakers’ Disclosures Here

Implementation of NTMC Principles and Practices

  • Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC & Erin Springer, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

18 minutes| This presentation reviews NTMC principles and practices, which are supported by evidence-based neuroprotective, developmental and family-integrated care literature through the lens of NTMC professionals.  A case scenario is provided showing the first year of life for an infant born at 27+5 weeks and treated by an OT with full integration of NTMC practices with the parents.  Emphasis on the integral part we all play in a family’s story is evident in this presentation and throughout the course.  An NTMC Principles & Practices worksheet is provided to facilitate the learners’ integration into their caregiving.

Neonatal Hot Topics

  • Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC & Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

79 minutes| This presentation reviews neonatal hot topics and provides you with up-to-date evidence to inform your practice. Ranging from research on environment of care, pain management, families, NAS, skin to skin holding…and more! Whether you are working with your developmental committee, rounding with your medical team, or wanting to support parents in their unique ability to improve outcomes, you will have neuroprotective, developmental, family- integrated care evidence at your fingertips! A case scenario is provided through the lens of an NTMC professional (OT) implementing evidence-based NTMC practices with the mom of an infant at 42 weeks PMA with NAS.

Integration of the Listening Touch Massage

  • Elisabeth Zimmerman, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC & Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC 

40 minutes| This presentation starts with a case scenario demonstrating the day in the life of an NTMC professional (RN). She shares her implementation of NTMC principles and practices throughout her shift in the NICU with an infant born at 27+5, now at 39 weeks and still on CPAP, as well as with a baby born at 33 weeks now at 37 weeks and working on oral feeding. Up-to-date, evidence-based literature and tips for providing the Listening Touch Massage are also provided along with a parent demonstration of the Listening Touch Massage, with input from an NTMC professional (OT).

Feeding Matters: Incorporating NTMC Principles

  • Melissa Bloomer, MA, CCC-SLP, NTMTC 

92 minutes| This presentation focuses on integrating NTMC principles into everyday NICU care to foster the infant’s progression through the feeding journey from tube feeding to oral feeding and home. Family-integrated care is applied in every aspect of early neuroprotection, neuropromotion, skin to skin holding, Listening Touch Massage, provision of breastmilk, positioning, handling and the transition to at-home feeding success. A mom shares her feeding experience during and after the NICU journey with her twin sons born who were born at 27 weeks.  NTMC principles are practices are highlighted by an NTMC professional (SLP) through a case scenario of an infant’s 124 day journey in the NICU.

Access NTMC Speakers’ Disclosures Here.

MELISSA BLOOMER, MA, CCC-SLP, NTMTC

Melissa is a licensed SLP with nearly 20 years of experience working in a variety of acute care settings, with the last 12 years focused on infant feeding and family-integrated care. Melissa currently works in a Level IV NICU at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital  in Washington DC. She is co-chair of the Feeding Committee, sits on the Developmental Care Committee and provides comprehensive education as a professional support for all regional Medstar NICUs. Melissa provides regular physician and nursing education and has lectured in the Master’s Programs at Gallaudet, Howard, UDC and GWU in Pediatric Dysphagia. She is a clinical consultant and project manager for Creative Therapy Consultants and  Melissa is passionate about infant-led feeding practices, feeding development and neurodevelopmental care. She strives to support and empower families in providing and advocating for optimized developmental care in the NICU and beyond.

RACHEL HARRIS, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Rachel received her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. During her time at Washington University, she was actively involved in research related to maternal mental health and neonatal feeding outcomes. Rachel worked in a level IV NICU at Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital for five years, where she also saw infants through home health with torticollis, plagiocephaly, and developmental delays. Rachel currently works in a Level III NICU in Chicago, is a clinical consultant for Creative Therapy Consultants, is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and is passionate about improving outcomes for neonates and their families.

ERIN SPRINGER, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Erin has practiced as a pediatric and neonatal occupational therapist for 22 years. She received her Master of Science from University of Puget Sound and currently works at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She works in the Main Campus level IV NICU as well as the off-site level IV nurseries. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, certified lactation educator, and a certified Neonatal Touch & Massage therapist. Erin has presented nationally and locally on developmental care and support for infants in the NICU. She has completed training for Small Baby Care Specialist and also participates in the Vermont Oxford Network Quality Improvement initiatives focused on enhancing the care of micro-preemies. Erin also has experience in NICU follow-up for developmental and feeding support. She is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and is passionate about working with these little babies and their families

KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for 36 years in a level III NICU and serves as the nursery’s developmental specialist. Kara Ann is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC®) and Original Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding® and original co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales© She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained, reliable in NIDCAP. She has served on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continuum of Care Advisory Board and Power of Touch Committee, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Professional Collaborative, the Pampers Womb to World Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Program Services board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for over two decades and has published articles on positioning and feeding, and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed videos on Massage, Skin-to-Skin, and Swaddled Bathing. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

ELISABETH ZIMMERMAN, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC

Elisabeth has been a nurse in a level III NICU for 25 years. She has cared for a diverse group of infants and received her Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing certification and her Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate certification. Elisabeth has served on multiple committees during her career and is passionate about improving the lives of infants born at 22 weeks to term infants with PPHN on ECMO. She continues to share her knowledge and expertise by being a resource for novice nurses. Elisabeth also takes an active role in creating evidence-based education to improve the lives of infants and the knowledge and practice of nurses in the NICU. She has been a clinical consultant for Creative Therapy Consultants since 2018.

NTMC® Ongoing Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity provided every 2 years to NTMC professionals who have completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification.

Course requirements for the NTMC Ongoing Recertification include completion by August 31st of the calendar year the learner is registered, > 80% test score following each webinar, and completion of course evaluation. No partial credit is available.

  • Nurses:
    • This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
      • Approved to award 4.25 contact hours. AHNA Approval Number 1842.
      • Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.*
  • Physical Therapists
    • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 4.15 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
  • Occupational Therapists
    • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 09300. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.50 CEUs, in advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.
    • This PD activity is pending approval for 5.0 contact hours (0.50 CEUs).

  • Speech Language Pathologists
    • NTMC Ongoing Recertification is offered for 0.40 ASHA CEUs.

*Partial credit for course will not be given.

Click the links below for more information about the following topics. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Simply send an email to NTMC@neonatalcertification.com

Special Needs Request

Cancellation Policy

Speaker & Sponsorship Disclosures

Conflict of Interest Policy

Grievance/Complaint

Appeal Grievance/Complaint

NTMC® Refresher Recertification

NTMC Refresher Recertification is a new learning option offered in lieu of NTMC Ongoing Recertification for those wanting more! It provides the brand-new Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella☂️ which is now taught in the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification. Coursework also includes an in-depth and inclusive review of NTMC principles and practices along with case scenarios, videos, and clinically based integration of information. The course is provided online and offers a variety of resources after completion.

Resources post course completion include the opportunity to participate in small group, instructor-led virtual Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls, and regular follow-up emails with literature reviews. These resources, including the Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls are not part of the course completion requirements and engagement in this is completely voluntary. Learn more about the Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls below under the designated tab.

NTMC Refresher Recertification is available online to our NTMC professionals who have completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification or completed NTMC Ongoing Recertification 2 years ago. Registration opens May 1st and completion is required by August 31st.

Learn more about the content of the NTMC Refresher Recertification and the optional Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls in the Tabs below.  This course was designed for the NTMC professionals who are wanting to learn updated information and “refresh” all the NTMC knowledge and skills previously learned, while taking their practice and unit to the next level of care.

Course Description:

NTMC Refresher Recertification is an online, advanced level course, that provides NTMC professionals with the brand-new Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella☂️, which provides a colorful, visual representation for in-depth clinical reasoning to optimize neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care for infants of all ages and medical complexities. This course provides NTMC professionals with new up-to-date information and a refresher of the vast array of clinical knowledge and skills originally learned in NTMC. Lectures, videos, demonstrations, and case scenarios maximize the integration of the Listening Touch Massage, swaddled bathing, 2-person care, skin to skin holding, positioning & handling, and myofascial trigger point release (therapists only) and more. An NTMC Principles and Practices worksheet will be provided that will help implementation of new knowledge and practices long after the course is over, regardless of the population of infants and families served.

After course completion, there will be an option to interact live with virtual instructor feedback related to skills and questions!

Additional Resources:

  • Opportunity to sign up for up to three, 90-minute Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls provided live via Zoom to validate skills, get feedback and ask questions. Learn more below under Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls tab.
  • Updated categorized bibliography with the most relevant research in neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care
  • Continued updates, literature reviews, webinars, access to CTC staff for clinical consultation and other valuable resources throughout the next two years when you register and complete NTMC Refresher Recertification!

By the end of NTMC Refresher Recertification, 100% of participants will pass all post-tests with a score of 80% or higher, showing their knowledge and ability to:

  1. Modify three goals to support parent-infant engagement, based on a clinical scenario.
  2. Justify evidence-based care practices for three infants with different clinical scenarios.
  3. Construct a plan, based on NTMC practices and principles, of appropriate caregiving activities for infants in the red (neuroprotection) zone of the Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella.
  4. Distinguish which touch and massage practices are appropriate for infants in different zones of the Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella.
  5. Modify the myofascial trigger point release technique provided during the Listening Touch Massage, based on an infant’s response (Therapist Only).
  6. Justify two NTMC practices based on current literature to maximize an infant’s feeding.

NTMC Refresher Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity completed entirely online via our NTMC Training Portal.

  • Nurses
    • Register as a NTMNC (NTMC Nurse) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 5 online webinars and a 10-question test following each one (tests scores must be >80%).
    • Complete the course evaluation and then download your contact hour and NTMC certificates!
    • Upon completion, you will maintain NTMNC professional credentials for an additional 2 years.
    • Upon completion, you are eligible to sign up for the Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls.
  • Therapists
    • Register as a NTMTC (NTMC Therapist) and gain instant access to the Online Training Portal.
    • Complete 6 online webinars and a 10-question test following each one (tests scores must be >80%).
    • Complete the course evaluation and then download your CEU/CCU & NTMC Certificates!
    • Upon completion, you are eligible to sign up for the Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls.

Who is eligible for NTMC Refresher Recertification?

  • *NTMC professionals who have completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification or completed NTMC Ongoing Recertification 2 years ago.
  • Not sure when you certified? Scroll down for further information or click here and search for your name in our NTMC directory to find out the year you are eligible to recertify! Still need help? Contact Tanja@neonatalcertification.com
  • Registration opens May 1st and course completion is required by August 31st.
  • Reminder cards are mailed and an email is sent in April to eligible NTMC professionals.

The Fee for Nurses is $250 and the Fee for Therapists is $350. (This fee includes the follow up mentoring  opportunity to attend up to three, 90 minute Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls).

*NTMC professionals are those RNs, OTs, SLPs, PTs who have the professional credentials of NTMTC or NTMNC.

Access NTMC Speakers’ Disclosures Here

Neurodevelopmental CARE Umbrella ☂️

  • Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

57 minutes| NTMC’s brand new Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella will be provided, which offers a colorful, visual representation for in-depth clinical reasoning required to optimize neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated care for infants in an array of different ages and medical complexities.   Up-to-date evidence is presented showing justification for care recommended. A case scenario of the >120 day NICU journey of twins born at 25 +3 weeks is shared through the lens of the NTMC professional and their parents.  NTMC principles and practices are delineated with the critical knowledge of brain and sensory development, along with the impact the environment of care and medical vulnerabilities have on infants and their parents.

Red Zone – Neurodevelopmental CARE Umbrella ☂️

  • Bridgette Rillo, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC; Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

97 minutes| This combination of up to date evidence-based literature reviews, NTMC principles and practices, videos, and case scenarios helps the learner integrate WHY and HOW to provide CARE™ practices for the most vulnerable of infants in a manner that will foster long term growth and development.  Skin to skin holding transfers, progressive bathing, IV placement, mitigating pain, 2-person caregiving and positioning and handling with the most fragile of infants, while engaging their families is demonstrated.

Yellow & Green Zone – Neurodevelopmental CARE Umbrella☂️

  • Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Erin Springer, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

91 minutes| NTMC principles and practices appropriate for infants in the Yellow and Green Zone of the Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella. Videos and two case scenarios are provided delineating proper use of positioning equipment, practices of swaddled bed baths and tub baths, and implementation of evidence based NTMC practices that engage parents and change outcomes for preterm and term infants. This presentation reviews current neonatal hot topics and provides you with the up-to-date evidence to inform your own practice, use in developmental committee, or change your NICU culture.

Listening Touch Massage Integration with Neurodevelopmental CARE Umbrella☂️

  • Aune Hjartarson Nunn, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC; Rachel Harris, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC; Elisabeth Zimmerman, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC

118 minutes| Appropriate touch, developmental play and massage is presented for infants in the Red, Yellow and Green Zones within the Neurodevelopmental CARE™ Umbrella. NTMC principles and practices are reviewed while showing the Listening Touch Massage as a goal directed practice for two different infants cared for by an NTMC RN in the NICU. Videos of term and preterm infants with nurses, therapists and parents providing massage are narrated with a focus on precautions, contraindications, technique, and answers to a host of common questions related to touch and massage. Finally, you will meet a baby and his family who had a 600+ day journey in the NICU, where NTMC principles and practices were shared, and massage was part of his regular care.

Manual Therapy: Putting it into Practice (THERAPISTS ONLY)

  • Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

85 minutes| This presentation will review NDT principles, myofascial release, and re-teach each of the myofascial trigger point releases taught in NTMC with various videos, demonstrations and answers to common questions. The integration of the Listening Touch Massage with these various manual therapy skills will be demonstrated and discussed through case scenarios.  A review all aspects of NTMC principles & practices that differ for therapists (vs nursing) will be addressed along with suggestions for documentation and goal setting.

Feeding Matters: Incorporating NTMC Principles & Practices

  • Melissa Bloomer, MA, CCC-SLP, NTMTC 

92 minutes| This presentation focuses on integrating NTMC principles into everyday NICU care to foster the infant’s progression through the feeding journey from tube feeding to oral feeding and home. Family-integrated care is applied in every aspect of early neuroprotection, neuropromotion, skin to skin holding, Listening Touch Massage, provision of breastmilk, positioning, handling and the transition to at-home feeding success. A mom shares her feeding experience during and after the NICU journey with her twin sons who were born at 27 weeks. NTMC principles and practices are highlighted by an NTMC professional (SLP) through a case scenario of an infant’s 124 day journey in the NICU.

Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls are live, instructor-led, 90-minute calls, provided live via the Zoom platform.

This is your opportunity to come with questions and receive input related to your own professional skills in a variety of neuroprotective, developmental, family-integrated skills. These calls provide invaluable mentoring opportunities!

Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls will be led by both Nurse and Therapist NTMC instructors.  Joining these calls following the online course completion  allows you to update your knowledge and then come to the skills blitz, with a list of questions and goals to improve your hands on care and NTMC principles and practices! Whether your questions are related to individual skills or how to set up a massage program in your NICU, this opportunity offers the perfect format to advance your care and your unit’s practice!

Here is how it works:

After you have completed NTMC Refresher Recertification (online learning), you will receive an email with a link to choose and sign up for a max of three specific dates and times for your Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls, which will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Limited slots will be available to keep the groups small and offer maximum opportunities for engagement.

  • We encourage you to register on May 1st, when the course opens, and complete NTMC Refresher Recertification early in order to allow you more availability for the 90-minute Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls. We will have a total of 10 calls available between June 4th and September 20th. We will not be adding more. The number of slots will also be limited! Specific Dates and Times will be posted by May 21st.
      • Listening Touch Massage Integration (RN & Therapist)- offered twice
      • Skin to Skin Holding (sitting& standing) and Swaddled Bathing (bed and immersion) (RN & Therapist) – offered twice
      • Manual Therapy Integration (Therapist only) – offered twice
      • RN Q & A (RN only) – offered twice
      • Therapist Q & A (Therapist only) – offered twice
    • Plan to sign up for a skill-based call early and then if you have further questions, sign up for a profession-specific Q & A call.
    • Additional opportunities for smaller breakout sessions in Zoom with profession specific groups will be provided when able.
  • Once you sign up you will be sent a link for the Zoom platform.
    • Make sure you calculate timezones correctly when signing up and logging in. All times will be posted in CENTRAL timezone.
    • If you signed up for more than one call, you will receive various links. It will be your responsibility to assure you use the correct link.  Since this is an optional opportunity, we will not be able to wait on people to connect and help with connection issues. So please be prompt, so we can make the most of our time together!
    • It is recommended you have a doll to practice skills during the call. Click here if you want to purchase an NTMC doll (and you live in the USA). Allow 3 weeks to process your order and receive your doll. Be sure to plan ahead so your NTMC doll has arrived prior to your call.
    • You will receive further information via email after signing up.

We understand that technology is not everyone’s friend, and we do offer requirements for attending here.

    • Access to a computer with a functioning video/web camera and microphone is required along with adequate internet bandwidth and speed to support continual streaming.
    • Competency in accessing a live Zoom meeting with the use of your web camera and computer audio.
    • A quiet background/space for optimal learning and interaction.
      • Feel free to dress comfortably, but we will be streaming live through your web camera with other attendees.

** Accessing a Zoom meeting is simple and straight-forward. Details regarding your specific hands-on skills and activities will be sent to you after registration. However, if you are unfamiliar with Zoom, check out how to access a meeting here.

Access NTMC Speakers’ Disclosures Here.

MELISSA BLOOMER, MA, CCC-SLP, NTMTC

Melissa is a licensed SLP with nearly 20 years of experience working in a variety of acute care settings, with the last 12 years focused on infant feeding and family-integrated care. Melissa currently works in a Level IV NICU at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital  in Washington DC. She is co-chair of the Feeding Committee, sits on the Developmental Care Committee and provides comprehensive education as a professional support for all regional Medstar NICUs. Melissa provides regular physician and nursing education and has lectured in the Master’s Programs at Gallaudet, Howard, UDC and GWU in Pediatric Dysphagia. She is a clinical consultant and project manager for Creative Therapy Consultants and is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification. Melissa is passionate about infant-led feeding practices, feeding development and neurodevelopmental care. She strives to support and empower families in providing and advocating for optimized developmental care in the NICU and beyond.

RACHEL HARRIS, OTD, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Rachel received her clinical doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine. During her time at Washington University, she was actively involved in research related to maternal mental health and neonatal feeding outcomes. Rachel worked in a level IV NICU at Medical City Dallas Children’s Hospital for five years, where she also saw infants through home health with torticollis, plagiocephaly, and developmental delays. Rachel currently works in a Level III NICU in Chicago, is a clinical consultant for Creative Therapy Consultants, is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and is passionate about improving outcomes for neonates and their families.

AUNE HJARTARSON NUNN, OT Reg. (Ont), CNT, NTMTC

Aune is an Occupational Therapist in the NICU at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree and Occupational Therapy Degree from McMaster University. She is part of McMaster NICU’s small baby team and the VON collaborative. Aune is a certified neonatal therapist, and has been privileged to call the NICU home for over 20 years. Aune is a sought after international speaker, educator, and consultant. She lectures in the McMaster University Masters OT Program, has published in the area of clinical and video fluoroscopic assessment of aspiration in high risk infants. She was awarded the OT Practice Excellence Award at Hamilton Health Sciences. Aune is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and is a dedicated life-long learner, and passionate about education to empower clinicians, teams, and families in the NICU.

BRIDGETTE RILLO, MBA, MSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC

Bridgette has been a nurse for over 18 years at a large level III-b NICU. She started her career in an emergency room and quickly learned her passion extended beyond emergency care. Bridgette transitioned to her role as a NICU nurse in 2005. She was a NICU educator for six years and continues to help other NICU nurses grow in their knowledge and experience. Bridgette has served on the unit’s Vermont Oxford Network Committee, Shared Governance Council and other NICU committees during her career. She received her Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing certification in 2015 and her Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate certification in 2020. She received her Master of Science in Nursing Administration and a Master of Business Administration in December 2023. Bridgette’s goal is to continue her passion for improving the lives of infants and families in and beyond the NICU by sharing her knowledge, expertise, and experience with the future generation of nursing.

ERIN SPRINGER, MOTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Erin has practiced as a pediatric and neonatal occupational therapist for 22 years. She received her Master of Science from University of Puget Sound and currently works at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. She works in the Main Campus level IV NICU as well as the off-site level 2 nurseries. She is a Certified Neonatal Therapist, certified lactation educator, and a certified Neonatal Touch & Massage therapist. Erin has presented nationally and locally on developmental care and support for infants in the NICU. She has completed training for Small Baby Care Specialist and also participates in the Vermont Oxford Network Quality Improvement initiatives focused on enhancing the care of micro-preemies. Erin also has experience in NICU follow-up for developmental and feeding support. She is a presenter for the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and is passionate about working with these little babies and their families

KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC

Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for 36 years in a level III NICU and serves as the nursery’s developmental specialist. Kara Ann is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC®) and Original Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding® and original co-developer of the Infant-Driven Feeding Scales© She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained, reliable in NIDCAP. She has served on the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) Continuum of Care Advisory Board and Power of Touch Committee, the National Association of Neonatal Therapists (NANT) Professional Collaborative, the Pampers Womb to World Advisory Board, and the March of Dimes Program Services board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for over two decades and has published articles on positioning and feeding, and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed videos on Massage, Skin-to-Skin, and Swaddled Bathing. Kara Ann has received professional awards including the Ohio Occupational Therapy Pediatric Model Practice Award, the March of Dimes Healthcare Worker of the Year Award, the MVH Excellence in Service Award and the Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.

ELISABETH ZIMMERMAN, BSN, RNC-NIC, C-ELBW, NTMNC

Elisabeth has been a nurse in a level III NICU for 25 years. She has cared for a diverse group of infants and received her Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing certification and her Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Neonate certification. Elisabeth has served on multiple committees during her career and is passionate about improving the lives of infants born at 22 weeks to term infants with PPHN on ECMO. She continues to share her knowledge and expertise by being a resource for novice nurses. Elisabeth also takes an active role in creating evidence-based education to improve the lives of infants and the knowledge and practice of nurses in the NICU. She has been a clinical consultant for Creative Therapy Consultants since 2018.

NTMC Refresher Recertification is an advanced continuing education activity provided to NTMC professionals who have completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification or completed NTMC Ongoing Recertification 2 years ago.

Contact Hours:

Course requirements for NTMC Refresher Recertification include completion by August 31st of the calendar year the learner is registered, > 80% test score following each on demand webinar and completion of the evaluation. No partial credit will be provided.

  •  Nurses:
    • This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
      • Approved to award 8.5 contact hours. AHNA Approval Number 1843.
      • Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.*
  • Physical Therapists
    • This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 10.00 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
  • Occupational Therapists
    • Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 09345. This distance learning independent training is offered at 1.01 CEUs, in advanced level, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery & Foundational Knowledge. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.
    • This PD activity is pending approved for 10.10 contact hours (1.01 CEUs).

  • Speech Language Pathologists
    • NTMC Refresher Recertification is offered for 0.95 ASHA CEUs.

*Partial credit will not be given.

Click the links below for more information about the following topics. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Simply send an email to NTMC@neonatalcertification.com

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NTMC Recertification Details

NTMC Recertification offers three courses built exclusively to optimize your professional growth!

  • NTMC Initial Recertification (2 years after Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification)
  • NTMC Ongoing Recertification (Every 2 years after NTMC Initial Recertification )
  • NTMC Refresher Recertification  (Every 2 years after NTMC Initial Recertification)

Upon completion of a course, you will maintain NTMNC (Nurses) or NTMTC (Therapists) professional credentials and remain in our directory of NTMC professionals!

Who can complete NTMC Recertification and what are the benefits?

NTMC Initial Recertification is exclusively for those who completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification 2 years ago. Completing all requirements for this course provides maintenance of NTMC credentials and all the benefits associated with certification for the next 2 years. This course is offered entirely online for $125. 

NTMC Ongoing Recertification is available to all our NTMC professionals who completed NTMC Initial Recertification or NTMC Ongoing Recertification 2 years ago. NTMC Ongoing Recertification is updated every 2 years with new content to ensure up to date evidence-based practices are taught. This course is offered entirely online for $125. 

NTMC Refresher Recertification is new in 2024 and is available to all our NTMC professionals who completed Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification and NTMC Initial Recertification or completed NTMC Ongoing Recertification 2 years ago who want a more in-depth learning experience that reviews NTMC principles and provides an opportunity to further develop skills. This course is completed online and offers an optional opportunity for virtual Zoom platform Skills Blitz Mentoring Calls with NTMC Instructors. Times and dates for the Skill Blitz will be posted in May. This course is offered entirely online for $250 for Nurses and $350 for Therapists.

Credentials and Benefits:

Upon completion of any of the above NTMC Recertification courses, nurses will maintain their professional credentials of NTMNC (Neonatal Touch & Massage Nurse Certified) and therapists will maintain their professional credentials of NTMTC (Neonatal Touch & Massage Therapist Certified). You will receive contact hours, an updated categorized bibliography, references sheets and resources along with continued updates, literature reviews, clinical resources and mentorship.

Click the links below for more information about the following topics. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Simply send an email to NTMC@neonatalcertification.com