Friday Fast Five - Meet Josep Perapoch

Each month we interview individuals associated with the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre and the broader NIDCAP Federation International (NFI) community, asking them five questions that explore their association with our unit and NIDCAP.

This month, meet Dr Joseph Perapoc, Neonatologist, NIDCAP Trainer and NIDCAP Training Csntre Director at The Barcelona NIDCAP Training centre.


What is your role in the neonatal setting?

I’m a neonatologist. I work in a small unit for 28 cots, where I am currently the clinical head. I dedicate part of my time to the NIDCAP Training of Professionals

How are you involved in NIDCAP?

Yes, I’m trainer and centre director.

In your opinion how does NIDCAP and neuroprotective care potentially benefit neonates, families and staff?

Basically though interpreting newborn behaviour. In the newborn, stress in a great enemy of neurodevelopment, and acts through many organic systems. The language of the newborn allows us to know and prevent newborn stress. In the other hand, NIDCAP allow us to revide the most appropriate stimuli for Neurodevelopment


What would you like people to know about NIDCAP and neuroprotective care?

That NIDCAP confers a great capacity to prevent injuries in the central nervous system and that helps the brain to organize itself, through positive stimuli. The benefit, basically through the empowerment of parents, extends from beyond hospital admission


What do you hope NIDCAP and NIDCAP Training centres achieve globally?

Transform neonatal care and offer a meeting point for professionals, and parents, that allows to enhance achievements and ensure the quality of care.


Editor's note: The views of individuals do not represent the view of the Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre.