We’ve been traveling around…and imagining…

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 in Comprehensive Family Support, What's New

We have more great news to share!  We just got back from the Vermont Oxford (VON) Annual Quality Congress in Chicago where we presented, along with Dr. Howard Cohen, Medical Director of the NICU at Salem Hospital in Salem, OR, our vision for Neonatal Intensive Parenting Units.  Wow!  What a concept!  Where families are the focus, not just the baby.  Where every attempt is made to avoid parent-baby separation.  Where parents stay with the baby as much as they can, with their own bed in baby’s room.  Where parents are involved in every element of care (that is medically feasible) from the moment NIPU admission is anticipated or occurs.  Where parents and professionals are a team.  Where communication is transparent and decision-making is shared.

To get inspired, watch our “Imagine” video at the end of this post, which describes the transformation to John Lennon’s famous musical score.

We learned so much from so many of the attendees at VON!  We can’t wait to get back to work trying out their ideas and building on the work that we have already done.  Thank you to Madge Buus-Frank and the whole VON team for inviting us and helping us produce three great sessions, attended by about 400 people.

And while we were at VON, some of our NPA colleagues were “down under,” presenting both a session and a poster on the Recommendations for Psychosocial Support of NICU Parents at the annual conference of the Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health.   Out of more than 100 posters, the NPAs’ poster received the first place award!  Here are our happy award winners:



(L->R) Nancy Selix, CNM, DNP; Steve Lassen PhD; MaryLou Martin MSN, RNC.

And now for the “Imagine” video…