Care of the NICU infant

Discover step-by-step training videos for NICU staff and information sheets that NICU staff can share with families, which offer guidance on fundamental NICU practices such as skin to skin and mouth care.

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Mouth care with MOM: Benefits and practical steps

Long Video

Explains the benefits of practicing mouth care (oropharyngeal care) with MOM for NICU infants, and demonstrates the basic steps of the process for training NICU staff or families.


Skin to skin (kangaroo) care: Introduction for NICU families

Long Video

Introduces parents to the health and developmental benefits of skin to skin care, and demonstrates two ways to transfer an infant from the incubator.


Skin to skin (kangaroo) care: Training guide for NICU staff

Long Video

Outlines research findings and the clinical benefits of skin to skin care, and demonstrates effective techniques and procedures for implementing the intervention with intubated infants.


Skin to skin (kangaroo) care benefits for NICU infants

Information Sheet

From stabilising heart and breathing rates to fostering the development of personalised antibodies – this straightforward practice offers astonishing benefits.

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Mouth care with MOM to fight infection

Information Sheet

Describes the 3 main ways that mouth care (oropharyngeal care) with MOM may help protect NICU infants from developing ear, throat and lung infections

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DISCLAIMER: PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings is intended for use by health professionals in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). All parts of this package are primarily for training purposes and for additional information to be given to parents by NICU health professionals. The PROVIDE Training Compendium, provided by Rush University Medical Center, is not intended for use by parents or private persons without medical education and we do not raise any claim to completeness of the resources. Under no circumstances should they be regarded as a substitute for professional advice or treatment or for any independent medical judgment of a healthcare professional regarding specific patient diagnoses or treatment plans. Healthcare providers should exercise their own independent medical judgment, and decisions as to any diagnosis and treatment plans are the sole responsibility of such healthcare provider.

The content within The PROVIDE Training Compendium cannot and shall not be used to make independent diagnoses or begin treatment. The information is not personally related to you. For non-medical professionals we recommend that you visit recognised healthcare professionals to get specific advice for any medical problems.

PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings was published on on 4 August 2020.

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