Brand New Course for 2021

Small Baby's deserve Neuro-Nurturing Care too

Small Baby Units and NeuroNICU's are among the hottest trends that the NICU has seen during the last decade.

Synapse Care is taking the 4 Pillars of Neuro-Nurturing Care and applying them to the small baby population.  In this course, we are combining NeuroNICU principles with Small Baby Unit protocols to create a unique course that will focus on everyday, simple practices that have the greatest impact on the developing premature brain.  

We are all dedicated to preventing the most common morbidities seen in the small baby population, like NEC, ROP, BPD, IVH, and many other three-letter words, but we don't usually take the time to focus on the neurological implications that these insults have on the premature brain.

In this course, we will give you practical tools to assess, implement, evaluate and sustain your Small Baby Program and you will join a community of like-minded nurses, therapists, and physicians who will be sharing their knowledge, their protocols, their QI tools, and their passion with you too.

This new course will take place over a 3 month time period, meeting every other week starting in February 2021!

Watch the video above if you have questions about the upcoming Small Baby Course


1. When are the sessions and how long are they?

Live sessions will run from  Feb 12th, to April 30th, 2021.  Most of the lectures are from 8am to 10am (Pacific). We also have some bonus sessions that you can attend live or watch the recording on-demand, view our agenda below for those dates.

2. Will they be recorded?

Yes, we know that you might not be able to make all the sessions, so we will record the live sessions and add them to your course dashboard within 48 hours so that you have access to the recordings on-demand**when you are ready.

3. How long can I watch them?

You will have lifetime access to the recordings.

4. What if I can’t attend any of the live sessions? Is this course still for me?

Yes! The recordings will be comprehensive on their own. Plus, everyone who signs up for the course also receives access to our networking app where you can connect with other participants, ask questions, and further discuss session topics

5. Can I earn Nursing CEU credit? Do you offer CE credit for other disciplines?

Yes, individuals attending the live sessions will be eligible to earn for nursing continuing education credit.   We only have sought approval for nursing CE credit, however, the CA State BRN accreditation may be reciprocal for other disciplines, and is recognized in most other States.  Check with your State Board to confirm eligibility.

6. Is this only for nurses?

No! Anyone can join the course. We are focusing on the everyday bedside practices that nurses provide to improve care of the smallest babies in the NICU, but there will be key takeaways for all members of the healthcare team

7. Who is teaching the course?

We have an international group of Neonatologists, Neurologists, parents, NNPs, OT’s, PT’s and bedside nurses teaching the content.

8. Do I need to have a Small Baby Unit to join this course?

No, this information will apply to anyone who provides care to our smallest babies in the NICU.  The focus of this course is personal, and you will discover opportunities for self-reflection so that you can apply what you learn to your daily practice; even if your hospital doesn’t have a dedicated Small Baby team or Small Baby Unit.

9. How can I have my questions answered during the course?

On alternate Fridays (when there is no session) we will host Q&A calls to further discuss the course, answer questions, and find solutions together.  Also, as a member of the course you will have access to our networking app where you can ask questions and share resources with other NICU professionals from around the globe.


This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number 15417, for up to 20 contact hours.

*Due to the digital natural of this event no refunds will be given. 

 **This is an individual viewing license, so sharing of access is prohibited and violations will result in revocation of this license permanently.


The course content is the property of Synapse Care Solutions and any distribution or copying of any materials is strictly prohibited. 


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Small Baby Course by Synapse Care

  • Variety of Speakers

    We have put together an amazing line up of experts in caring for the Smallest Babies in the NICU.

  • Create a Plan

    For tiny babies, every tiny thing matters. We will help you create a plan to implement new practices in your NICU.

  • Networking

    Join our private networking community and download our app for your phone to keep the discussions going!

Course Agenda


3rd - Community Education Webinar

  • Delivery Room Cuddles for the ELBW - Dr. Paul Clarke, Norfolk UK

10th - Bonus Webinar

  • Every little thing matters to a small baby - Alfonso Vargas, MD 

12th - Small Baby - Session 1 - Neuro Protection

  • Raylene Phillips, MD - The Neuroscience of Nurture in the NICU

  • Karen de Bijl-Marcus, MD - Handle with Care: IVH prevention at the bedside

19th - Q&A Session

26th - Small Baby - Session 2 - Respiratory

  • Robin Koeppel, PhD, PNP - CPAP and skin care for the ELBW

  • Elizabeth Broverman, RN - Clinical use of NIRS in the ELBW population

  • Amanda McCusker - RT - The role of the RT in a First Hold program in your NICU


3rd - Community Webinar

  • Journey to a NICU without NEC - Jennifer Canvasser - NEC Society


  • Valerie Chock, MD - NIRS at the beside

  • Katie Fedor, RN - NIRS cases

12th - Small Baby - Session 3- Nutrition

  • Terry Johnson, NNP - Nutrition is Neuroprotective - the 4 important biologics

  • Raylene Phillips, MD - Preterm infant breastfeeding pathway - starting from the first hour

17th - BONUS SESSION (Wednesday)

  • Gabriel Variane, MD - Using multi-modal brain monitoring to impact practice and pathology in the developing brain

19th - Bonus Lecture + Q&A session

  • Guest Speaker (8am PST) - Barb O’Rourke - The Neuroprotection of Oral Enjoyment by Offering Milk Drops

26th - Small Baby - Session 4 - Skin and Infection Prevention

  • Media Esser, PhD, NNP - Skin care protocols for the ELBW 

  • Jessica Jones, NNP - Infection Prevention and what you don’t know about bugs

31st - BONUS SESSION (Wednesday) 

  • Nutrition Strategies for Optimizing Brain Growth - Katherine Bell, MD


2nd - Q&A session

7th - Community Webinar

  • Special Guest - Kelli Kelley, Hand to Hold

9th - Small Baby - Session 5 - Neuro-Sensory & Thermoregulation

  • Dr. Steven Miller - Brain Health in Preterm Newborns: the importance of the everyday

  • Mary Coughlin, NNP - Applying Trauma Informed Care principles to the care of the ELBW infant in the first two weeks of life 

16th - BONUS SESSION + Q&A session (NOTE!!! Starting 7am PST)

  • Lynn Lynam-Bayne, PhD, NNP - Therapeutic Normothermia for the ELBW Infant in the first two weeks of life:  Everything you ever wanted to know about thermoregulation but didn’t know to ask

21st - BONUS SESSION (Wednesday)

  • Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof, MD 
  • Terrie Inder, MD - The impact of infection and inflammation of the developing brain

23rd - Small Baby - Session 6 - Neuro-Sensory & Family Integrated Care

  • Bobbi Pineda, OTR, PhD - Supporting the environment of the ELBW

  • Sharon Carter, NNP - ROP from the provider and the parent perspective

30th - Small Baby - Session 7 - Neuro-Sensory & Program Development

  • Kara Ann Waitzman - Positioning affects everything

  • Small Baby Program Panel with Rachelle Sey, CNS, PhDc & Dr. Cheri Foster

Pricing options

Choose between full pay or a two-payment plan