Brand New Course

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.

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


1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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.

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.


This course is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number 15417, for up to 25 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


  • Delivery Room Cuddles for the ELBW - Dr. Paul Clarke, Norfolk UK
  • The Psychological Impact of COVID 19 on parents in the NICU - Kelli Kelley, Hand to Hold
  • Sharon Carter, NNP - ROP from the provider and the parent perspective


  • Every little thing matters to a small baby - Alfonso Vargas, MD 
  • The Neuroscience of Nurture in the NICU -Raylene Phillips, MD 
  • Small Baby Program Panel with Rachelle Sey, PhD, CNS, Jayne Solomon, NNP, and Dr. Alfonso Vargas


  • CPAP and skincare for the ELBW -Robin Koeppel, PhD, PNP
  • The role of the RT in a First Hold program in your NICU - Amanda McCusker – RT
  • Clinical use of NIRS in the ELBW population - Elizabeth Broverman, RN


  • Nutrition is Neuroprotective - the 4 important biologics -Terry Johnson, NNP -  
  • Preterm infant breastfeeding pathway - starting from the first hour -Raylene Phillips, MD -  
  • The Neuroprotection of Oral Enjoyment by Offering Milk Drops -Barb O’Rourke 
  • Nutrition Strategies for Optimizing Brain Growth - Katherine Bell, MD
  • Journey to a NICU without NEC - Jennifer Canvasser - NEC Society



  • Gabriel Variane, MD - Using multi-modal brain monitoring to impact practice and pathology in the developing brain
  • NIRS at the bedside -Valerie Chock, MD - 
  • NIRS cases - Katie Fedor, RN 
  • aEEG in Preterm Infants - Katrin Klebermass-Schrehof, MD 


  • Brain Health in Preterm Newborns: the importance of the everyday - Dr. Steven Miller
  • Handle with Care: IVH prevention at the bedside -Karen de Bijl-Marcus, MD
  • Mary Coughlin, NNP - Applying Trauma-Informed Care principles to the care of the ELBW infant in the first two weeks of life 
  • Kara Ann Waitzman - Positioning affects everything
  • Bobbi Pineda, OTR, PhD - Supporting the environment of the ELBW




  • Lynn Lynam-Bayne, PhD, NNP - Everything you ever wanted to know about thermoregulation but didn’t know to ask
  • Media Esser, PhD, NNP - Skin care protocols for the ELBW


  • The impact of infection and inflammation of the developing brain -Terrie Inder, MD 
  • Infection Prevention and what you don’t know about bugs - Jessica Jones, NNP 



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