From Preemie to Young Adult: A 26-Year Retrospective Look at Parenting a NICU Graduate
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what happened to that family, once they left the NICU?” Thousands of infants and their parents spend time in NICUs every year, but once they transition to home, we often lose track of them. Through pictures and stories, Laura will share a long-range view of her life, and of her 27-week twins, after their NICU experience. You’ll hear how a six-month NICU stay impacted every aspect of their lives. Laura will talk candidly about PTSD, disabilities, mental health, coping and adapting; and how she discovered new personal and professional paths as a result of her experiences from the early 1990’s.
Kathi Salley Randall RN, MSN, CNS, NNP-BC
100 Billion Neurons: Exploring the next generation of NICUs designed to support optimal brain development
At birth, a baby’s brain is made up of about 100 billion neurons, roughly the same number of stars in the Milky Way.
In the NICU there exists many challenges and opportunities when it comes to supporting the health of these neurons and the rapidly developing neonatal brain.
In this presentation we will review the basics of fetal and neonatal brain development and explore potential social and biological threats to its normal development and how some NICU's are altering design and culture to optimize brain health.