Theory of Neurodevelopmental supportive care of the preterm infant (online)

Tue Nov 2, 18:00 - Tue Dec 7, 20:00


This online webinar series on the neurodevelopmental supportive care (NDSC) of the preterm infant will take place weekly from the 2nd of November – 7th of December.


02 Nov - About NDSC, Introduction to Best Practice Guidelines, Fetal development & Intro to the NICU

09 Nov – Neurosocial Development & the disorganised infant

16 Nov – Handling & Positioning of the Preterm Infant

23 Nov – Sensory- & Pain Management in the Preterm Infant

30 Nov – Kangaroo Mother Care

07 Dec – Parents & Going Home

Recordings will be made available for those that cannot attend live

The webinar series will be presented by Prof Welma Lubbe and Mrs Annelie van der Westhuyzen.

Prof Lubbe is a professor in Nursing and Midwifery at the North-West University, School of Nursing Science as part of the midwifery team and responsible for neonatal training. Prof Lubbe published over 38 peer-reviewed articles, presented 72 national and 19 international conference posters and papers and a number of professional and parenting articles.

Her research focus in the field of neurodevelopmental supportive care of the preterm infant. She is the academic advisor on the neonatal community of practice of the LIFE Healthcare group and the owner of Little Steps®, a parenting support organisation for parents with premature infants - a well-known brand, both nationally and on an international level. Prof Lubbe is further the president of the South African Neonatal, Infant and Toddler Support Association (SANITSA) since 2004. She is the project lead for INDeSC (Implementation of Neurodevelopmental Supportive Care) and STARFISH. In 2017-8 she was the South African country survey leader for the 36-country survey to determine compliance with Neo-BFHI – implementation of BFHI in the neonatal wards.

Internationally, Prof Lubbe serves her third term as South African representative on the Council of International Neonatal Nurses since 2010. She has been invited as the first member from Africa to serve on the Graven’s Developmental Care Consensus panel, and is the first person outside Europe to be invited as member of the Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment (SCENE) research group, since 2014. Prof Lubbe has been serving on the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Neonatal Nursing, since 2009 and is currently holds the position of international advisor. 

Mrs van der Westhuyzen is a Speech Therapist with a Masters Degree in Bioethics & Health Law. The focus of her Master's Dissertation was the Ethical Considerations when using pacifiers in a Baby Friendly Hospital.

She is a part time lecturer and clinical educator at the Division of Speech-Langauge and Hearing Therapy of the University of Stellenbosch. She has 17 years experience in both the public and private sector where her main focus was NICU work. She is also the owner of Ethics Simplified, a company that provides training on ethical and legal considerations in the health care field.

Mrs van der Westhuyzen has been involved in training on the developmental supportive care since 2008.

She is also the mother of two late preterm infants.

Weekly on Tuesdays

18:00 - 20:00

2 CPD per session applied for

R 250 per session OR

R 1250 if attending all 6

Recordings will be made available for those that cannot attend live.

email [email protected] for any additional questions

Additional information

Age restriction No under 18s
Refund policy Refunds allowed (view policy)


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