Newborn Nursery SIG

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Annual Report

Co-chairs: Mary Ann LoFrumento, Jaspreet Loyal

SIG purpose/mission:
To share and discuss evidence based information and determine best clinical practices for term and late preterm newborns.
To enhance the teaching of medical students and residents in the fine art and science of newborn care.

Current SIG goals:
1. Bring together newborn nursery directors and practitioners to share practices in various settings
2. Discuss the latest recommendations to provide optimal care to newborns,
3. Identify quality improvement and research efforts that benefit newborns.

Annual summary:
As Co-Chairs, Jaspreet and Mary Ann LoFrumento met frequently by phone to discuss plans for the annual meeting, discussions on our listserve, and selection of posters for our SIG meeting.

At the 2017 PAS meeting, we continued our format of having a Keynote Speaker on a major research topic, and a Quality Improvement speaker, as well as a poster session, prior to our annual business meeting. The SIG was well attended with at least 60 members. It was standing room only.

Our keynote speaker was Dr. Lucky Jain, President and CEO of the Emory Children's Center in Atlanta USA and the Richard W. Blumberg Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Jain delivered a very engaging talk about the late preterm baby, titled, "Pediatrician's Role in Caring for Late Preterm Babies after Discharge". Our second speaker was Dr. Ann Kellams, Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia who spoke on Safe Sleep, Skin-to-Skin Contact and Breastfeeding: Helping Families make Safe and Healthy Choices.

The poster session offered a variety of topics and lots of discussion, as well as networking opportunities for our members. Our annual business meeting began with a review of the listserve. The members unanimously endorsed the listserve as a valuable communication tool for the members of our SIG. Topics this year included everything from the use of baby hats to multigenerational caregivers.

Another topic of some discussion at the SIG meeting was potentially changing the name of the SIG from "Newborn Nursery SIG" to "Newborn SIG" given the move of many centers to rooming-in and no longer having the classic 'nursery' space. There will be more discussion prior to any decisions being made regarding the name change.

We had a robust election this year for a new co-chair to replace Mary Ann LoFrumento. The results ended in a tie and a decision was made to have three co-chairs going forward. Jaspreet Loyal introduced Ann Kellams and Laura Kair who will now share the chair position with Jaspreet. 

Other groups:
BORN research network overlaps with many members of our SIG. Neonatologists, Hospitalists who cover the newborn nursery, Medical student and resident educators with APA or COMSEP.

October 2016 Newsletter Article

Our SIG members have been actively engaged in discussing topics of interest on the Newborn Nursery Directors listserv. Recent topics have included
*         Hospital discharge planning and co-ordination of care of infants born to mothers who are incarcerated.
*         Drug screening using umbilical cord specimens.
*         The evidence (or lack thereof) of keeping babies NPO before circumcision.
*         Use of dextrose gel for newborn hypoglycemia.

Please consider joining our SIG to learn more about these topics and more.

We are working on an exciting agenda for our Nursery SIG meeting next year at PAS, more to come!

Nursery SIG co-chairs
Jaspreet Loyal (
Mary Ann LoFrumento (

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Laura Kair, MD
2516 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Phone: (319) 356-1047

Ann Kellams, MD
PO Box 801429
Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone: (434) 924-5899

Jaspreet Loyal, MD
333 Cedar Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8064
Phone: (203) 688-7953



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