251877 Window of Opportunity: Prevention Messaging in Newborn Intensive Care

Monday, October 31, 2011: 9:10 AM

Sara C. Donahue, MSW, MPH , Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, Arlington, VA
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can provide unique teachable moments to enhance prevention education in an effort to reduce future premature births. A mother who gives birth to an infant before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is at increased risk of giving birth to another premature infant. While there are still many unanswered questions regarding the etiology of premature birth, risk reduction strategies such as birth spacing, high risk perinatal care, chronic disease management between pregnancies, and hormone therapy show promise. Therefore, families in the NICU are in many ways an ideal population for carefully-crafted risk reduction messaging delivered in many formats. However, it is essential to develop strategies that are culturally and linguistically-sensitive and implemented in the context of a comprehensive family centered approach to health care.

Learning Objectives:
- Identify at least two strategies to integrate risk reduction education for families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Describe factors that may increase effectiveness of prevention messaging in the NICU

Keywords: Pregnancy Outcomes, Maternal and Child Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a NFSS at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children since September 2007. I also have experience as a perinatal social worker, Fetal Infant Mortality Review Team interviewer and case review member, and am a NICU graduate parent. I earned MSW and MPH at San Diego State University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.