Supporting Microbiome Development in the Preterm Neonate

The microbiome is the living microorganisms within and on the human body. There is currently a great deal of research adding to our understanding of the importance of the microbiome to health and disease states. The microbiome is established during the neonatal period and the preterm neonate, as usual, is extremely vulnerable to maldevelopment. Establishing a healthy neonatal microbiome has life-long implications. This presentation will review the microbiome, major determinants in establishing the microbiome, and practices in the NICU that can be implemented to ensure supporting the healthy development in the neonatal population.


  1. Define Microbiome, Microbiota, & Dysbiosis.
  2. List two neonatal morbidities linked to gastrointestinal microbiome dysbiosis.
  3. Describe three strategies to support microbiome development in the NICU.

Total CE = 1.7

NCC Code NNP 2 = 0.9: 3 = 0.8; or 7 = 1.7

NCC Code NIC 1 = 1; 2 = 0.7; or 7 = 1.7

NCC Code LRN 2 = 1.7; or 7 = 1.7

Rx = 0.5

Your Instructor

Mindy Morris
Mindy Morris

Mindy is a doctoral prepared neonatal clinician with an aptitude for application of evidence into practice. She has experienced and mastered many roles working in the NICU for over 30 years. She has first-authored two papers demonstrating the application of evidence into practice with positive clinical outcomes while supporting a team-based approach to care. Her foundational core is an enthusiasm for quality and improving the patient, family, and team experience in the NICU. She is a faculty member for the Vermont Oxford Network (VON) Quality Improvement Collaborative, Micropremature Homeroom. Care of the Extremely Low Birth Weight Infant is Mindy’s ardent focus. Her respect for the resiliency of the ELBW infant inspires her to share her extensive knowledge and expertise by designing programs and tools to improve the multidisciplinary team’s model of care for this vulnerable population.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts as soon as you enroll. You will have access to this course (videos) for two months. Please be sure to download lecture handouts for ongoing access to the content presented. You must complete and submit the Evaluation at the end of the course to receive CE.
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