State-of-the-Art NICU Practice: Catherine Shaker and Suzanne Thoyre

Just returned from Houston after presenting with my colleague, Dr. Suzanne Thoyre, a gifted and remarkable researcher and neonatal nurse. The attendees came from across the US to share our common passion for infant-guided co-regulated feeding in the NICU and after discharge.

Our Early Feeding Skills Assessment Tool was the framework for advancing cue-based feeding, problem-solving challenges in the NICU and beyond, getting everyone “on the same page” through a common language, and supporting parents in building a relationship with their infant through feeding. We all left renewed and empowered to be the change … and with a solid path forward.

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