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Next Page Learning Sessions


Recent research shows us how children's earliest experiences in the NICU can shape their health, relationships, and learning abilities for the rest of their lives. What can we do to support them?

Watch our webinar, The Next Page: Learning and Bonding in the NICU and learn about this fascinating and evolving field of study. 

In this session, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Lauren Buckley to lead us in a discussion of the risks and opportunities that young children- and their parents - face in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU).  We discuss the value of language-rich interactions, like reading, and early bonding experiences can help our these infants get off to a healthy beginning. We also highlight the new Reach Out and Read NICU program currently being implemented at M Health Masonic Children's Hospital, where Dr. Buckley practices, and down the street at Hennepin Healthcare. 

Dr. Buckley is  joined by Dr. Cathy Bendel, Director of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and Pediatric Fellowship Programs at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Gigi Chawla, Chief of General Pediatrics at Children's Minnesota and Medical Director for Reach Out and Read Minnesota, and Jenny Chomilo, a nurse and mother to a child born in the NICU. 

Theis webinar, recordded on Thursday, September 29th is free to watch and share. The event is intended for towards a general audience, including health care providers, parents and other care takers, and anyone else who may have an interest in the topic.

  • Lauren Buckley, MD
    Lauren Buckley, MD

    Dr. Buckley is a neonatologist and recent graduate of the Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota. During fellowship she facilitated the development of a Reach Out and Read NICU pilot program at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. She is looking forward to continuing her work with Reach Out and Read in the NICU as she joins the neonatology faculty at the University of Minnesota this fall. Her research interests are related to developmental programming of metabolic and neurodevelopmental outcomes in neonates.

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