Since 2011, the Neonatal Comfort Care Program has held Annual Workshops, teaching theory and methods related to the management of newborns diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. Geared primarily toward nurses, past Workshops taught them to promote parent-child bonding when babies are affected by life-limiting conditions; tend to physiologic changes and nutritional needs at the end of life; administer comfort-care measures for infants with life-limiting conditions; address cultural and religious considerations; and function within the context of an interdisciplinary comfort-care team.

In June 2019, the format of the Annual Workshop will shift and become a three-day “Boot Camp” — a Perinatal / Neonatal Palliative Care training course which will include targeted curriculum and teaching for all interested and relevant disciplines, such as medicine, nursing, midwifery, social work, psychology, speech pathology, lactation consultancy, child life, physical therapy, occupational therapy and chaplaincy. The 2019 “Boot Camp” will be accredited for CME credits and Contact Hours.




Neonatal comfort care at NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital.

Dr Elvira Parravicini, Neonatologist and Associate Professor of Paediatrics, Columbia University, speaking at the Perinatal Conference in Dublin, January 2016

Perinatal Conference in January 2016. "We want to empower moms and dads to care for their babies." Frances McCarthy, Clinical Care Coordinator, Neonatal Comfort Care Program, New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Elvira Parravicini, Neonatologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Columbia University, speaking at the 4th Global Gathering Maruzza Congress on Paediatric Palliative Care - Rome, 24-27 October 2018