By the end of NTMC Recertification I, the Leaner will be able to:
- List two sequela associated with inadequate positioning and handling of the preterm infant.
- Recognize the psychosocial needs of the parents in the neonatal intensive care unit.
- Name 2 modifications that can be made during infant massage to maximize patient comfort and overall outcomes.
- Identify two articles in the last 3 years that support the use of neonatal massage.
- Webinar 1: Developmental Progression of the Preterm Infant Throughout the First Year, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 2: Positioning & Handling, Virginia E. McGill, DPT, CLWT, NTMTC
- Webinar 3: The Parent Experience, Kiera Sorrells, BSFCS
- Webinar 4: The Listening Touch Massage with the NICU Patient, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 5: Myofascial Trigger Point Release Techniques for the NICU Patient (Therapists Only), Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 6: Massage Video Analysis
- Webinar 7: Myofascial Trigger Point Release Video Analysis (Therapists Only)
- Webinar 8: Massage Literature Review, Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- An updated Reference List with the most relevant research in neuroprotective, family-centered, developmental care
- A Listening Touch Massage Reference Sheet
- Myofascial Trigger Point Release Reference Sheet (Therapists Only)
Developmental Progression of the Preterm Infant Throughout the First Year
Reviews the typical development of a micro-preemie through one year of age, with a review of development of the brain, skin, neuromotor and family, along with suggested caregiving practices to optimize growth and development in these areas.|53 minutes
The Parent Experience, Kiera Sorells, BSFCS
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.|63 minutes
Positioning & Handling, Virginia E. McGill, DPT, CLWT, NTMTC
Positioning of the neonate effects 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.|63 minutes
The Listening Touch Massage with the NICU Patient
Reviews the implementation and education of a mom completing massage with her son. This video has the added benefit of viewing how a massage can be completed with an infant in the NICU who is intubated.|12 minutes
Myofascial Trigger Point Release Techniques for the NICU Patient
Demonstrates myofascial trigger point releases (MTPR) through NICU patient videos. Infant behavioral and musculoskeletal responses are easily visualized. Specific landmarks for MTPR are described and demonstrated in detail.|22 minutes
View a video vignette of a neonatal caregiving practice and analyze the techniques being used.|3 minutes
Massage Literature Review
Provides the most current and evidence-based literature in relationship to neonatal touch and massage.|74 minutes
Identify a skill from your NTMC training 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 that skill into patient care either personally or unit wide.
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KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for over 30 years. She is president of Creative Therapy Consultants, Founder of the (NTMC), and Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding®. She holds several certifications including NTMTC, NDT, NIDCAP, and CNT. 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 2015 Inagural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.
SHANNON USHER, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Shannon graduated with honors from Washington University School of Medicine, earning her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Shannon is a certified Neonatal Therapist and has been practicing in the NICU since beginning her professional career and currently works in a large Level III NICU in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also practices in the Infant Developmental Assessment Clinic with Children’s Hospital Colorado. Shannon has presented nationally on numerous topics related to neuroprotective caregiving in the NICU. She is a Clinical Consultant and CE Administrator with Creative Therapy Consultants. Shannon has completed developmental follow-up assessments for a National Institute of Health research study, served on the March of Dimes Program Services Board and volunteered with Junior League of Colorado Springs.
VIRGINIA MCGILL, PT, DPT, PCS, CLWT, NTMTC
Virginia McGill or Ginny received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Creighton University in 2001. She then practiced in Phoenix, Arizona in home care for developmentally delayed children and adults before transitioning in to the inpatient setting at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She began neonatal practice in 2003. Neonatal therapy has been her practice focus from since then and has continued in Anchorage, Alaska where she moved in 2008. Ginny is now the Neonatal Therapy Supervisor for The Children’s Hospital at Providence Alaska Medical Center. She has developed competencies for therapy practice and nursing education programs for developmental care quality improvement. She has participated in VON work and the development of practice for micro premie care and kangaroo care. She has a special interest in skin care and is part of the NICU wound care team after receiving certification in wound and lymphedema treatment. Ginny enjoys living in Alaska and all it has to offer with frequent time spent kayaking, hiking, camping and kiteboarding.
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 community. 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.
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Who can complete NTMC Recertification I?
- All NTMC professionals are eligible to complete the NTMC recertification process 2 years after their original certification.
- If you completed NTMC between January-July you will complete the Recertification I process in the spring. If you completed NTMC training between August-December you will complete the Recertification I process in the fall.
What is the process for NTMC Recertification?
- You will receive NTMC Recertification I information by February or August of your certification year.
- Register as a NTMC Nurse or as a NTMC Therapist
- Complete the NTMC Recertification Form.
- Complete the On-Line Training after you receive your unique login and password to access the Training Portal.
- Nurses will complete 5 online webinars (earning 5.5 Contact Hours) and therapists will complete 6 online webinars (earning 5.0 Contact Hours) with a short test after each webinar (tests scores must be >80%).
- View a video vignette and take the test with a >80%.
- Submit a one page narrative answering the exemplar provided on the portal
- Complete the On-Line Evaluation and then receive your Certificates!
Special Needs Requests Can Be Made Directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Level & Professional Credentials
This is an advanced continuing education activity. Those NTMC Professionals who choose to complete NTMC Recertification I will maintain their professional credentials of Neonatal Touch & Massage Nurse Certified (NTMNC) or Neonatal Touch & Massage Therapist Certified (NTMTC) for an additional 2 years.
Fees for NTMC Recertification I:
The fee for Nurses is $85 and for Therapists is $125.
Neonatal Touch & Massage Certification (NTMC) is proud to announce Earth Mama Organics is supporting our 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 scholarships to neonatal healthcare professionals for NTMC Recertification. NTMC recognizes that in addition to a gentle, intentionally comforting touch, the safety of the products used to facilitate neonatal massage is critical. Founded by a nurse, Earth Mama Organics’ core belief is to do no harm; and that same nurse is the one formulates Earth Mama’s entire line of safe, clean and effective herbal solutions for mamas and their babies.
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- This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved for 5.38 contact hours by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) Activity Number 2020-0000000329.
- Physical Therapists
- This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, approval #71411TX for 5 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Occupational Therapists
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education through the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) with provider # 10629. This activity has been reviewed and approved for 5.0 Contact Hours/0.5 CEUs for occupational therapists.
- 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.
- OT Classification Codes: Domain of OT & Occupational Therapy Process.
*Partial credit for course will not be given.