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  • Family-center care - a 99nicu webinar series

    Stefan Johansson


    Family-centered care (FCC) is an essential strategy to improve outcomes, for both infants and parents. And, from my own experience, FCC also improves our own "outcomes", as staff members.

    There are still a lot of work to get done to spread the word about FCC, how to research it, and how to implement it.

    We thought we could help by setting up a series of five webinars. All free of charge and without any sponsors.

    We will update this post ASAP with photos and bio's of the panelists, and the dates for the latter ones but would like to open the registration for the two first webinars.

     Kangaroo Mother Care - an opportunity to improve infant outcomes globally, 8 December at 17.00-18.00 CET

    Skin-to-skin contact is a novel, low-tech and highly effective approach to improve outcomes for especially LBW infants.

    Join this exciting webinar about this with the following panelists:

    Dr Suman Rao, WHO, Geneva, SwitzerlandSuman_Rao.png
    Suman Rao is Professor of Neonatology at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, South India. She is also a consultant in the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Aging at the WHO. She has worked for over 20 years to improve outcomes of the small and sick newborns and has done pioneering research in Kangaroo mother care and developmentally supportive care in India. She is keen on low cost innovations and has helped to develop low cost remote monitoring of newborns, therapeutic hypothermia devices and CPAP devices. She has been part of WHO projects on immediate KMC, ACTION and Scale up KMC implementation research.

    Dr Agnes Linnér, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, SwedenAgnes_Linner.png
    Agnes Linnér is a neonatologist at Karolinska University Hospital and a doctoral student at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. Her research interest is global neonatology and more specifically the potential of early skin-to-skin contact or Kangaroo Mother Care. In June 2022 she will defend her thesis with the title "Immediate skin-to-skin contact for very preterm infants, from newborn physiology to mortality reduction".


    Professor Stefan Peterson Swartling, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, SwedenStefanPS.jpeg
    Stefan Swartling Peterson is a Public Health Physician and Professor of Global Health. His formative work has been in East Africa over the last 20 years working on health systems and implementation science related to of child survival, perinatal quality of care and capacity development. Prof Swartling Peterson served as the Global Chief of the Health for UNICEF 2016-20, based in New York, and from 2021 he is professor of Global Transformation for Health at Karolinska Institutet.

    Click here to register or copy&paste the link below into your browser:




    The journey towards family-centered care, 10 November at 17.00-18.00 CET

    Family-centered care is a model of care that involves parents in the care of their baby born sick or premature. 

    We will talk with one of the creators of a training program aiming to change neonatal care culture and also with the representatives of the NICU that has completed the implementation of this intervention.


    • professor Liisa Lehtonen, MD, Turku University Hospital, Turku, Finland
    • Dr Dace Sniedze, Children's Clinical University Hospital in Riga, Latvia
    • Dr Renāte Zariņa, Children's Clinical University Hospital in Riga, Latvia

    Click here to register or copy&paste the link below into your browser:


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