By the end of NTMC Ongoing Recertification, the Leaner will be able to:
- Combine three neuroprotective care activities to minimize neonatal stress & pain, optimize nutrition, and ensure trauma-informed care.
- Webinar 1: Theories, Conceptual Models and Praxis for a Trauma Informed Approach to Care, Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E
- Webinar 2: The 5th Vital Sign: The Vital Nature of Pain Management for Preterm Infants, Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 3: The Role of Nutrition in Neurodevelopmental Care, Katherine Bell, MD
- Webinar 4: Neonatal Hot Topics, Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
- Webinar 5: The Listening Touch Massage with the NICU Patient, Kara Ann Waitzman, 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
Theories, Conceptual Models and Praxis for a Trauma Informed Approach to Care, Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E–
We all make meaning out of the world based on how the world makes us feel, beginning in infancy. These feelings create cellular memories mediated primarily by maternal caregiving experiences which influence hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis reactivity and effect the developmental trajectory of our lifelong health and wellbeing. Mitigating the iatrogenic psychological effects of medical care in the NICU and beyond is a moral and ethical imperative for quality healthcare delivery. This webinar, Theories, Conceptual Models and Praxis for a Trauma Informed Approach to Care, will ensure neonatal caregivers understand the concepts of infant medical traumatic stress and its association with alterations in brain growth and development. Additionally, the webinar highlights the biologic relevance of a trauma sensitive, developmentally aware approach to care in the NICU and beyond. | 66 minutes
The 5th Vital Sign: The Vital Nature of Pain Management for Preterm Infants, Elizabeth Jeanson, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC-
Pain is universal. In the NICU baby, pain can be prolonged, repetitive, and exaggerated leading to chronic stress, and long-term neurobehavioral effects. As caregivers, we must shift our focus from reactive to a more proactive approach to pain management. It is not simply enough to medicate for pain. Pain must be managed in a relationship that promotes behavioral organization, stress relief, trust and security. This presentation will identify the long-term effects of unmanaged pain, and discuss interventions and techniques to manage pain in a relationship-based care model. | 84 minutes
The Role of Nutrition in Neurodevelopmental Care, Katherine Bell, MD
Nutrition has long been recognized as an important determinant of long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes among preterm infants. In this course, we will discuss the development of the neonatal gastrointestinal tract and its implications for nutritional management of infants after preterm birth. We will review evidence-based recommendations for nutritional management strategies that promote optimal neurodevelopment of preterm infants, with an emphasis on the importance of mother’s own breastmilk, and how to incorporate family-centered strategies for promoting maternal breastmilk provision into clinical care at the bedside. Growth targets will be reviewed along with different strategies for monitoring growth utilizing recently published novel growth charts for preterm infants. | 48 minutes
Hot Topics, Shannon Usher, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC-
This presentation reviews recent literature and provides clinical application regarding various ‘hot topics’ in neonatal care. Examples include epigenetics, the microbiome, pain management & sedation, supporting and enhancing NICU sensory experiences (SENSE), massage, skin-to-skin, oral feeding, outcomes, and more. | 47 minutes
Listening Touch Massage with the NICU Patient, Kara Ann Waitzman, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
This presentation provides the most current and evidence-based literature in relationship to neonatal touch and massage. Additionally, two case studies and neonatal massage demonstrations will be reviewed in detail. | 45 minutes
MARY COUGHLIN, MS, NNP, RNC-E
Mary Coughlin, MS, NNP, RNC-E is the Founder and President of Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC and a graduate of Northeastern University where she received her baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing. Ms. Coughlin has assumed roles as staff nurse, charge nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner culminating in her current position with Caring Essentials Collaborative. With a clinical background that spans over 30 years, Ms. Coughlin is the internationally recognized expert in the field of trauma-informed, age-appropriate care in the NICU. A leader in the field of neonatal nursing and international key-note speaker Ms. Coughlin is a published author of multiple publications including Clinical Practice Guidelines for Age-Appropriate Care of the Premature and Critically Ill Hospitalized Infant for the National Association for Neonatal Nursing (NANN), Transformative Nursing in the NICU: Trauma-Informed, Age-Appropriate Care and her latest book entitled: Trauma-informed Care in the NICU: Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines for Transdisciplinary Neonatal Clinicians. Ms. Coughlin lives in Boston Massachusetts with her husband Dan and their dog George.
ELIZABETH JEANSON, PT, DPT, CNT, NTMTC
Dr. Elizabeth Jeanson currently serves as the Developmental Specialist in Neonatal Intensive Care at Sanford/USD Medical Center. Dr Jeanson was NIDCAP trained, Infant Behavioral Assessment and Neonatal Network Neurobehavioral Scale certified. She is also a certified infant massage instructor and a certified child passenger safety technician (car seat). Recently Dr Jeanson completed her Neonatal Touch and Massage Therapy certification. She is a certified neonatal therapist. In her current position Dr. Jeanson is responsible for direct and indirect implementation of developmental family centered care in a large level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. Dr. Jeanson has spoken regionally on topics including sensory development of preterm infants, positioning of infants in NICU, non-pharmacologic pain management for preterm infants, supporting the development of post term infants in the NICU, as well as team building and strategic planning for multidisciplinary teams. She published, One to One Bedside Nurse Education as a Means to Improve Positioning Consistency in 2013. Dr Jeanson’s passion is improving the outcomes of premature infants through cautious/thoughtful intervention, family support and staff education.
KATHERINE BELL, MD
Dr. Katherine Bell graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Biophysical Chemistry. She obtained her MD from the University of California, San Diego, during which time she conducted research on pediatric neuromonitoring strategies. Dr. Bell completed her clinical training in pediatrics at UC San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland where she also served as Chief Resident, and was subsequently recruited into the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program, where she served as Chief Fellow. She is currently an attending neonatologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical research investigates the associations of infant nutrition and body composition – the relative contribution of fat and lean mass to body weight – with long-term outcomes such as brain growth and risk of obesity. Her work has been supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Gerber Foundation. Her current research interests include novel assessments of nutritional status for preterm infants, including body composition measurement, and their influence on brain growth, neurodevelopment, and cardiometabolic health.
SHANNON USHER, MSOT, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Shannon received her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from Washington University School of Medicine. She has been working in the NICU since she started her processional career and currently works in a large Level III NICU in Colorado Springs, CO. She also participates in the Infant Developmental Assessment Clinic in Colorado Springs. Shannon has presented many times on the local and national level both in live and pre-recorded formats. She is a clinical consultant and CE Administrator with Creative Therapy Consultants. Shannon has completed developmental assessments with a Nationwide National Institute of Health research study and she also volunteers with the Junior League of Colorado Springs.
KARA ANN WAITZMAN, OTR/L, CNT, NTMTC
Kara Ann has been a neonatal therapist for over 25 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 Co-Founder of Infant-Driven Feeding®. She is certified in NTMC, is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT) trained, certified in NIDCAP, and earned the Neonatal Developmental Care Specialist Designation through NANN. She served on AWHONN’s Continuum of Care Advisory Board, and currently serves on National Association of Neonatal Therapists’ Professional Collaborative as well as the Marchof Dimes Program Services board. Kara Ann has been a nationally sought after speaker, educator, and consultant for over a decade and has published articles on positioning and feeding, and written a chapter on Neuromotor Development and Massage. She developed and sells DVDs 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 2015 Inaugural Pioneer in Neonatal Therapy Award from the National Association of Neonatal Therapists.
Access NTMC Recertification Ongoing Speakers’ Disclosures Here.
Who can complete Ongoing Recertification?
- All NTMC professionals who completed NTMC Recertification I, II, III, or IV in 2020 are eligible to complete NTMC Ongoing Recertification.
What is the process for NTMC Ongoing Recertification?
You will receive information about NTMC Ongoing Rectification by May of your certification year.
- Register Here.
- Complete the NTMC Recertification Form.
- Complete the On-Line Training after you receive your unique login and password to access the Training Portal.
- View all of the On-Line webinars, complete the brief test after each webinar (tests scores must be >80%).
- View a video vignette and take the short test.
- 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 Ongoing Recertification 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 Ongoing Recertification:
The fee for Nurses and Therapists is $125. Click here to register.
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.
Access Creative Therapy Consultants’ Cancellation Policy Here
- This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91) for 5.3 contact hours, approval number 2022-0000000194.
- Physical Therapists
- This activity has been approved by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 5.25 CCUs for PTs and PTAs.
- Occupational Therapists
- Creative Therapy Consultants is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 04329. This distance learning independent training is offered at 0.483 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.
*Partial credit for course will not be given.