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Virtua hosts renowned expert in breastfeeding

Virtua is hosting a program for healthcare professionals featuring Nils Bergman, MD, MPH, PhD, a world renowned expert in breastfeeding and perinatal neuroscience.

The program, "The Key to Success: Skin-to-Skin Mother Care," will take place 7:30 am to 5 pm, June 7 at the Barry Brown Health Education Center, located at 106 Carnie Boulevard, Voorhees.

The objectives of the program are to identify scientific evidence basis for skin-to-skin contact between mothers and babies; describe the neurobehavioral approach to breastfeeding and feeding frequency; and describe maternal perinatal behavior.

Dr. Bergman has pioneered the concept of skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby in stabilizing premature infants and has done extensive research in kangaroo mother care and its positive effects on the brain development and improved quality of the premature infant. His holistic view regards the skin-to-skin contact as the neurological pre-requisite to successful breastfeeding.

The conference advances the knowledge and tactics for improving outcomes for Virtua’s smallest patients. A leader in obstetrical and neonatal care, Virtua continues to stay at the forefront of providing optimal care for patients. 

As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley every year since 2007. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.