Friday Fast Five: Meet Christine Vanhole

Friday Fast Five Interview

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 Christine Vanhole Neonatologist and NICAP Professional at the University Hospital, Leuven Belgium.

What is your role in the neonatal setting?

I work as a Neonatologist and NIDCAP Professional coordinating psychosocial support in our NICU and Nursery.

How are you involved in NIDCAP?

As a NIDCAP Professional and as a member of the developmental care support team.  

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

By learning in partnership with parents to understand the infants signals or cues and behaviour and ensuring appropriate response to these cues.

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

NIDCAP is an evidence based approach to the provision of developmental care, it is focussed on helping fragile infants to grow up in the most optimal way to become a healthy adults.            

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

That every newborn baby in the neonatal unit is appropriately supported and gets the opportunity to grow up to become a healthy and happy human being.

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