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Specialty: , Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics
Dates: From Nov, 6, 2013 to Nov, 9, 2013
Location: New orleans, USA
Type: Conference, Seminar
Registration Cost: From 145 to 525 USD
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A Certificate of Attendance will be available online after you complete the course requirements, enabling you to register your credit with the appropriate licensing boards or associations. To apply for credit not listed below, use the procedure established by the specific organization.



Main Conference

Nurses and Nurse Practitioners1

4 ANNC/4.8 CA BRN contact hours each

16.5 ANCC/19.8
CA BRN contact hours

Physical Therapists2

4 hours each

16.5 hours

Occupational Therapists3

.4 CEUs each

1.65 CEUs


4 credits each

16.5 credits


4 hours each

16.5 hours

Social Workers/Marriage,
Family & Child Counselors6

4 hours each

16.5 CE credit hours

Speech Pathologists7

Each program is offered for 0.4 CEUs. (Various level; Professional Area)

This program is offered for 1.65 CEUs. (Various level; Professional Area)

Case Managers8

Credit is pending.


1Contemporary Forums is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Contemporary Forums is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #04516. (CA BRN contact hour = 50 minutes)

This program is approved for a maximum of 24.5 NAPNAP contact hours (4 contact hours each - Preconferences, 16.5 contact hours -Main Conference) per the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP)
Continuing Education Guidelines. Contemporary Forums, NAPNAP Approved Provider, Agency #12.

NCC Certified Nurses and Nurse Practitioners
Contemporary Forums is a continuing education organization recognized by the National Certification Corporation. This conference covers a variety of the Core Competency Areas and Content Topics required for the NCC's Certification Maintenance in your specialty.

2The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Contemporary Forums as an Approval Agency to approve providers of Continuing Competency Courses in California.

3This program is approved by Contemporary Forums, American Occupational Therapy Association Approved Provider #3273. Assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

4Contemporary Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians Contemporary Forums designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This continuing medical education activity has been reviewed by theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics and is acceptable for a maximum of 24.5 AAP credits. These credits can be applied toward the AAP CME/CPD Award available to Fellows and Candidate Members of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

5Contemporary Forums is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Contemporary Forums maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

6This conference has been approved by the Washington Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Provider #1975-148.

This course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit hours for Marriage, Family & Child Counselors and/or Licensed Clinical Social Workers as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Provider #PCE771.

8Application has been made for continuing education credit from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.

Preconference A: This program is available for up to 0.4 CEUs (Various level, Professional area)
Preconference B: This program is available for up to 0.4 CEUs (Various level, Professional area)
Preconference C: This program is available for up to 0.4 CEUs (Various level, Professional area)
Preconference D: This program is available for up to 0.4 CEUs (Various level, Professional area)
Main Conference: This program is available for up to 1.65 CEUs (Various level, Professional area)

Transportation Guide:

Travel Discounts

Contemporary Forums has a special discount agreement with United Airlines unavailable to the general public. To obtain these special conference fares visit, insert OFFER CODE ZPCB367092. Ticketing and payment can be done directly by you or through your travel agent. To ensure the best flights and times, since seats are limited, make your reservations early. Fares are guaranteed at the time of the ticket purchase.

Southwest Airlines®—Our Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care Conference Airline

Beginning on 07/25/2013, Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care Conference Airline attendees will receive a discount and bonus Rapid Reward points from Southwest Airlines through our SWABIZ® account. Southwest Airlines is offering a 5% discount off select Wanna Get Away® fares for travel to and from the convention. To receive the discounted rate, simply apply promo code CORPMEET8 in the promo code box on the flight selection page**Book your travel between 07/25 & 10/19 to take advantage of the discounted rates. (Discounts available for travel 11/2 through 11/13.)

Take advantage of the discounted rates and book now!

By flying Southwest Airlines, as a Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care traveler, you will also receive the following benefits:

  • 25% bonus Rapid Reward points for your travel to & from the convention with Rapid Rewards # added to your reservation. (To enroll in the Rapid Rewards program, visit
  • No baggage fees (first two bags)
  • No change or cancellation fees
  • No peak travel or fuel surcharges
  • Consistently ranked the “Best in Customer Service” by DOT

To take advantage of this offer, click on this link:

 **Promo code T&C’s

Hertz is the official car rental agency for the conference. Special rates will be in effect throughout the conference as well as one week before and after. For special rates, call HERTZ at (800) 654-2240 and refer to Contemporary Forums plus the conference discount code CV#03000260.

Event Overview
Welcome message:

On behalf of the NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) and Contemporary Forums, we'd like to invite you to the 29th annual "Neonatal Developmental & Behavioral Care" conference (formerly "Developmental Interventions in Neonatal Care").

The NFI and Contemporary Forums have joined together to collaborate on bringing you this outstanding program, putting together national experts and NIDCAP leaders to discuss interprofessional strategies for providing individualized, developmentally supportive and family-centered care for fragile infants.

Evidence continues to show that the cascade of ongoing stimuli in the NICU significantly affects the neuromotor and neurosensory development of sick and premature infants. The science of developmental care has become increasingly sophisticated, challenging the developmental team to examine current practices and consider changes that may improve outcomes. The multidisciplinary faculty from the fields of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech pathology will help you translate the research in this field into practical, advanced strategies for supporting the fragile infant's developmental and behavioral needs. Join us at this conference to hear cutting-edge approaches for making a difference in the lives of these fragile infants and their families.

About the NFI  
The NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) promotes the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) in hospitals around the world. It facilitates training that supports the growth and development of newborns, especially those born prematurely, and to improve the quality of their care and the support for their families.

Formed in 2001, the NFI is a private, non-profit, charitable organization committed to providing the highest quality of education and training for professionals who provide care for infants in newborn intensive care nurseries and support their families. With the goal of optimizing health and developmental outcome, the NFI aspires for all newborns and families to receive hospital care and assessment in the relationship based, family integrated NIDCAP model. The NFI assures the quality of NIDCAP education, training and certification for professionals and hospital systems, and advances the philosophy and science of such care. The NFI serves as the authoritative leader for research, development, and dissemination of the Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) and for the certification of trainers, health care professionals, and nurseries in the NIDCAP approach.

Join the NFI now and qualify for the $30 discount on the Main Conference tuition. (Please enter the code DNFI13 on the payment page when registering online. Membership will be verified.) Go to to become a member today!


Conference Faculty

Heidelise Als, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology (Psychiatry)
Harvard Medical School
Director, National NIDCAP Training Center
Founding Member and Past President
NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)
Director, Neurobehavioral Infant and Child Studies
Boston Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Patricia Maddalena, MHSc, NP
Paediatric Nurse Practitioner
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Glen P. Aylward, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Director, Division of Developmental-Behavioral
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Springfield, Illinois

Marjorie Meyer Palmer, MA, LSP
Speech Pathologist & Neonatal/Pediatric 
Feeding Specialist, Private Practice
Fremont, California
Founder/Director, NOMAs International
Feeding Consultant, Neonatology
Kaiser Permanente Medical Center
San Francisco, California

John Chappel, MA, RPT
NIDCAP Certified Pediatric Physical Therapist
Metaphysical Therapeutics
East Hampton, New York

John P. Phillips, MD
Medical Director, The Mind Research Network
Director of Pediatric Neurology
Professor, Neurology and Pediatrics
University of New Mexico Health Science Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Paige Terrien Church, MD
Program Consultant
Assistant Professor of Paediatrics
University of Toronto
Director, Neonatal Follow Up Clinic
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Raylene  Phillips, MD, MA, IBCLC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Director of Neonatology, Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta
Loma Linda University Children's Hospital, Division of Neonatology
Loma Linda, California

James M. Helm, PhD
Director, Carolina NIDCAP Training Center
Vice President for Administration
NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)
Infant-Family Specialist
Raleigh, North Carolina

Kate Robson, MEd
Parent Coordinator
Neonatal ICU
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Melissa R. Johnson, PhD
Pediatric Psychologist, WakeMed
Raleigh, North Carolina
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Center for Family & Infant Interaction
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
Speech & Language Pathologist/Research Consultant
Feeding Fundamentals, LLC
Denver, Colorado

Linda C. Lacina, MSN, RN
NIDCAP Trainer
Infant Developmental Specialist and 
Education Specialist II
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Deborah  E. Schoch, RNC, PhD(c), IBCLC, CCE,
Lactation Consultant/Coordinator of Childbirth Education
Cooper University Hospital
Camden, New Jersey
Adjunct  Faculty, Widener University
Chester, Pennsylvania
Adjunct Faculty, Richard Stockton College
Pomona, New Jersey

gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, CBC, FAAN
Conference Co-Chair
NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)
Director, Mid-Atlantic NIDCAP Center
Clinical Nurse Scientist
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Neonatology
Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper University
Health Care
Camden, New Jersey

Mary S. Stanford, MS, CCC-SLP
Neonatal Feeding Specialist
Northside Hospital
Atlanta, Georgia
Doctoral Candidate, Teachers College
Columbia University
New York, New York

Professor of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and
Gynaecology, and Public Health
University of Toronto
Scientific Director, Institute of Human Development,
Child and Youth Health
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Paediatrician-in-Chief and Director of Maternal-Infant Care Research Centre
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kathleen A. Vandenberg, PhD
Conference Co-Chair
Academic Administrator
Center Director/NIDCAP Master Trainer
West Coast NIDCAP and APIB Training Center
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Lindsay Lightbody, MA
Infant Developmental Specialist
Department of Pediatrics
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California

Robert D. White, MD
Pediatrix Medical Group
Director, Regional Newborn Program
Memorial Hospital
Adjunct Professor of Psychology
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

Maureen Luther, BSc (PT), MA
Paediatric Physiotherapist
Neonatal Follow-up Clinic & NICU
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Charles H. Zeanah, Jr., MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Executive Director, Institute of Infant and Early
Childhood Mental Health
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Louisiana

Courses / Workshops within the event

Preconference A

Physiological Psychology in Newborns
John Chappel, MA, RPT

The body, or soma, of the infant, with its amazing array of sensory-motor capabilities, is the balancing point for physiological and behavioral synactive development. Protecting and nurturing the infant's body through individualized developmental positioning and handling assists the newborn in balancing the allostatic loads of the NICU and the sequellae of our acute caregiving. This Preconference will explore functions of the somatic systems and their role in establishing the physiological psychology of the infant in the NICU and beyond. Early movement influences all  physiological functions and has a profound impact on newborn behavior and adaptation. Discussion of specific interventions to prevent the cascade of maladaptation in the infant's synactive development will be included.


  • Describe how position and posture help to control autonomic nervous system integrity.
  • Discuss specific stressors for the infant in the NICU and how these stressors impact the developing sensory-motor  system.
  • Identify specific interventions for maximizing function of the aero-digestive system.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference A registration
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–
12:15 p.m.

Influences on the integrity of the infant's autonomic nervous system
Stress and the newborn's developing sensory-motor systems
Position, posture and body shape's influence on respiration, digestion, elimination
and sleep
Best practices to support the physiological psychology of the newborn

Preconference B

Nurturing the Infant and Family During Feedings in the NICU

Erin Sundseth Ross, PhD, CCC-SLP
Deborah E. Schoch, RNC, PhD(c), IBCLC, CCE, CPST

Feeding is a complex motor task that requires the coordination and integration of the physiologic, motor/sensory, state and attention systems. Understanding normal development of feeding and recognizing readiness cues are essential skills for clinicians working with preterm, medically fragile or chronically-ill infants. Clinicians must also support the family to be successful at feeding. This Preconference will address the challenges of evaluating feedings in terms of skill, efficiency and endurance and will provide bottle and breast feeding interventions that result in safe, comfortable oral feedings.


  • Evaluate the progression of sucking development in the preterm infant.
  • Describe the difference in acquisition of compression and suction, and the respective influence on efficiency and endurance.
  • Discuss evidence-based strategies to assist in acquisition of safe, comfortable bottle and breast feedings.

7:00 a.m.

Preconference B registration
Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–
12:15 p.m.

Roles of maturation, experience, and physiologic stability on acquisition of feeding skills
Review efficacy of interventions designed to hasten and/or improve feeding skills
Strategies to support readiness and progression in bottle and breast feeding skills
Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile infants algorithm (SOFFI), a theory-based feeding approach based on quality indicators

Preconference C
Individualized Developmental Care at Work: Challenging Case Presentations Leading to Change in Clinical Practice

gretchen Lawhon, PhD, RN, CBC, FAAN
Kathleen A. Vandenberg, PhD

This Preconference will present four challenging case presentations, including two acutely ill premature infants, a late preterm newborn and a very sick full term newborn. Each of these cases illustrates individualized family centered care approaches with multidisciplinary developmental implementation of care. Through slides, video vignettes, and interactive discussion, these "real life" examples will help you recognize and respond to infant signals, promote self-regulation in the newborn, maximize stable ranges of behavior, and demonstrate education and support of the family and medical staff.


  • Identify neurobehavioral issues for four case examples.
  • Describe and respond to the physiological, motor, state and regulatory needs of NICU infants.
  • Identify implications for individualized developmental care, including environmental modifications, neurosensory support, facilitation of interactions and specific neurodevelopmental interventions.
  • Demonstrate education and support for parents and medical staff.

12:30 p.m.

Preconference C registration

1:15–5:30 p.m.

Through 4 illustrative case examples, explore these essential concepts of developmental care:
Neurobehavioral issues of high risk newborns
Physiological, motoric, state and regulatory needs of infants
Implications and strategies for environmental modification
Neurosensory support
Facilitation of interactions
Neurodevelopmental interventions
Education and support of parents and multidisciplinary collaboration

Preconference D
Dropping Breadcrumbs: Small Steps of Intervention to Improve Outcomes

Paige Terrien Church, MD
Maureen Luther, BSc (PT), MA
Patricia Maddalena, MHSc, NP

Attend this interdisciplinary workshop which will explore evidence-based therapeutic approaches and developmental theory to provide cost-effective and manageable small steps of early intervention with neonatal follow-up visits. This workshop will provide developmental and family approaches in the NICU and continue into the neonatal follow-up clinic. Through providing families with tools and resources, we can empower them to advocate, be involved, and parent their children more effectively.


  • Focus on key points of developmental theory when considering early intervention strategies.
  • Describe developmental outcomes of prematurity and atypicalities in neurodevelopment that occur as the result of prematurity.
  • Discuss evidence-based developmental approaches in the NICU and Follow-Up Clinic.

12:30 p.m.

Preconference D registration

1:15–5:30 p.m.

Critical and vulnerable periods in neurodevelopment and impact of the NICU environment
Neurodevelopmental/behavioral phenotype of prematurity 
Assess, identify, intervene: putting it into action 
Promoting stress reduction for the infant, caregivers and parents, fostering attachment, and enhancing parent responsiveness
Evaluating the NICU environment in terms of stress reduction, attachment, and the infant's cues and signals
Neonatal follow-up: emphasizing strengths of the infant and family
and strategies for early intervention

Social Program

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7 • 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans from the decks of the steamboat Natchez. Cruise along the Mississippi while enjoying live jazz music, a Creole buffet dinner and watching the lights come up over the city. The Natchez is the last authentic steam-powered paddle-wheeler left on the Mississippi river.  As the Natchez glides past the French Quarter and through one of the world's most active ports, you begin to understand the magic of the experience.  For all its history and romance, the excitement of riding a steamboat is as real and rich and genuine now as it was a century ago.

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