Friday Fast Five: Meet Kelly Janssens

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 Kelly Janssens, Nurse, NIDCAP Professional, NIDCAP trainer in training and APIB trainee at Erasmus Hospital Rotterdam.

What is your role in the neonatal setting?

I’m a developmental care specialist and lactation consultant in our unit and I coordinate a developmental care project for the Flemish side of the country with our government.


How are you involved in NIDCAP?

I’m a NIDCAP professional concentrating on APIB certification for the moment.


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

Through NIDCAP parents get to know their babies. A secure attachment can take place and these babies will get the chance to develop in the most optimal way which will affect all of us, the families and staff positively.


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

It’s so much more than a validated program in developmental care.


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

Passing a voice to all newborn and their families in neonatal units.


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