Clinical Webinar - Thursday, July 19, 2018

1 PM EDT / 12 PM CDT / 11 AM MDT / 10 AM PDT

Preparing the NICU Family for Discharge

Speaker

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Natalie Gordon

Program Facilitator, NICU Helping Hands

Bio: Natalie Gordon is a Program Facilitator for NICU Helping Hands, a non-profit organization based in Fort Worth Texas, that develops hospital and community-based programs that provide education and support for families with babies in the NICU during their transition from hospital to home and in the event of an infant loss. Intimately familiar with the challenges that parents experience while in the NICU, Natalie is committed to providing support to families that she herself did not receive when her twins unexpectedly arrived at 24 weeks gestation. In August 2013 she began working directly with families during their stay in both the antepartum unit and in the NICU at Baylor All Saints Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Today Natalie serves as NICU Helping Hands Program Facilitator at Cook Children’s Medical Center in the NICU, visiting the bedside in the NICU, offering encouragement and hope, and assuring them that they are not alone. Natalie also coordinates and implements NICU Helping Hands’ weekly dinner sessions that focus on emotional and educational support that will assist families during their entire NICU stay. Additionally, Natalie provides services in the NEST Clinic at Cook Children’s Medical Center where she provides ongoing support to families who are post NICU and trying to navigate life after the NICU. Since the start of her career with NICU Helping Hands, Natalie has worked alongside NICU staff and administrators to improve the services to families in their care.

Natalie has spoken at various local and national conferences about the parent experience in the NICU. She is part of the national Speaker’s Bureau for the Preemie Parent Alliance (PPA). Natalie has been married to her husband for 16 years and is the mother of Alexis, age 16 and Lola and Landry who were born in 2009 at just 24 weeks gestation. Lola and Landry are now 8 and in 2nd grade!

Timeline and Objectives

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Summary of Presentation:

Preparing the NICU Family for Discharge will examine the challenges commonly experienced by families post-NICU and what's currently done to prepare them for their transition from hospital to home. This presentation will also examine additional ways providers can improve post-NICU readiness prior to discharge and address a broader spectrum of challenges NICU families are facing.

Timeline of Presentation

The speaker will use the allotted time of 60 minutes to provide information to the webinar participants. The content will be delivered according to the timetable outlined below:

  • 1:00 – Identify challenges families experience post-NICU
  • 1:15 – Discuss current practices of preparing NICU parents for discharge.
  • 1:30 –Educate providers on additional ways to improve post-NICU readiness prior to discharge.
  • 1:50  Q&A

Objectives of Presentation:

At the conclusion of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Identify challenges families experience post-NICU.
  • Describe current practices of preparing NICU parents for discharge.
  • Describe additional ways to improve post-NICU readiness prior to discharge.