This months webinar will focus on The Value Of Celebrations : finding joy and balance in and out of the NICU
For many parents who have a baby in the NICU, the first step to finding balance is acknowledging our grief and conflicting emotions. Then we can turn to using celebrations, both small and big, to build strength, identity and community. In our webinar we will also discuss the joys and challenges associated with coming home, and figure out how to celebrate safely with family and friends.
About the speaker:
Kate is what some might call a “repeat offender”. Her first daughter, Maggie, was born in 2005 at 25 weeks, weighing 500 grams. Her 2nd daughter, Grace, was a slightly more robust 32-weeker born in 2007. She has spent time as a patient and as a parent in 4 different hospitals and 3 different NICUs. She now works in one of those NICUs as a Family Support Specialist, offering support to families and helping the unit deliver family centred care. Her background in Adult Education and Community Mediation, when combined with her personal experiences, helps her bring families and staff together as collaborators. She is co-chair of the Canadian Family Advisory Network, a Family Faculty Member of the Vermont Oxford Network, and a director of the Canadian Premature Baby Foundation. She has had the opportunity to present at conferences such as the Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference, the Gravens Conference on the Physical and Developmental Environment of the High Risk Infant, and the Annual Conference of the Australian College of Neonatal Nurses.
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