The NICU Heroes podcast was created exclusively for NICU professionals, helping them to better understand, support, and nurture the entire NICU family. NICU parents are often as fragile as their baby, requiring patience, guidance, and encouragement to ensure they are mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared to endure the pressure of a NICU stay and meet the on-going needs of their medically fragile child, post-discharge. Each episode has been approved for one contact hour of nursing continuing education.
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NICU Heroes Episode 14: The Importance of the Gut Microbiome
In this episode, Kelli and guests discuss the gut microbiome and why it's important. They also talk about pathogenic bacteria and how probiotics can aid the gut, as well as how all of this relates to premature infants.
NICU Heroes Episode 13: A NICU Medical Professional in the Digital Age
Terry Johnson discusses how the access to information has changed through the years and how that affects a NICU medical professional. She also speaks about the transition NICU nurses have had to make in using more technology at the bedside.
NICU Heroes Episode 12: A NICU Professional's Response to COVID-19
Lori and Kelli discuss the many ways COVID-19 can impact NICU professionals and the importance of listening to each other as a means of support. They also talk about how to cope with the stress and trauma of working in the NICU during COVID-19.
NICU Heroes Episode 11: Avoiding Risks for SIDS & SUID
Kelli and Barb Himes discuss what First Candle is and its services. They also talk about the difference between SIDS and SUID, and the risks involved for premature babies with each syndrome. Barb discusses the AAP recommendations for safe sleep and the importance and benefit of breastfeeding your preemie.
NICU Heroes Episode 10: Self-Care in the NICU
Kelli and Cheryl discuss what secondary trauma is and how it can affect NICU professionals. They also talk about the importance of nutrition and hydration for NICU professionals and how to recognize burnout and combat it.
NICU Heroes Episode 9: Developmental Diapering
Kelli discusses with Sue Ludwig, Elizabeth Drake, and Joanne Kuller what developmental diapering is and why it's important. They talk about the five areas of focus when changing a preemie's diaper and how each of these areas can help a baby's development.