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Acute Care SIG

  • 15 May 2024
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom


Date and Time: Wednesday, May 15, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Chairperson(s): Natalie Sadon, OT and Colleen Craven, OT

Location:  Zoom - to be sent out day before the event

Title: Occupational Therapy in the NICU: Impact on Infant’s Neurodevelopment and Maternal Mental Health

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to state the role that Occupational Therapy Practitioners (OTPs) play in the NICU.
  2. Participants will be able to understand the significant impact that OTP’s have in the NICU which separates them from other professionals.
  3. Participants will be able to state the increased risk factors of postpartum depression for mothers with infants in the NICU.

Speaker’s Bio: Rachel Carpenter is a clinical specialist working at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA. She has been an occupational therapist for 25 years. She is a certified neonatal therapist with 8 years of experience in a level II NICU. During her post-professional doctorate program, her specific area of study was maternal mental health, specifically of mothers in the NICU. She has three children of her own who are almost all out of the nest. She was most inspired to specialize in this area of practice because of her own experience having a child who required a NICU stay.


Craig, J. W. (2019). The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU): Self-efficacy of caregiving and the lived experience of parents post-NICU discharge. Neonatology Today, 14(1), 25-32.

Podvey, M. (2018, May). Maternal mental health and occupational therapy: A good fit. OT Practice: SIS Quarterly Practice Connections, 3(2). 17.

Shovers, S. M., Bachman, S. S., Popek, L., & Turchi, R. M. (2021). Maternal postpartum depression: Risk factors, impacts, and interventions for the NICU and beyond. Current Opinion in Pediatrics, 33(3), 331-341.

Stark, A. R., Pursley, D. W. M., Papile, L. A., et al. (2023). Standards for levels of neonatal care: II, III, and IV. Pediatrics, 151 (6): e2023061957.

This event will be closed day before event.  Please register by MAY 14, 2024

Please keep this copy for your own records and keep with your certificate.  MAOT is not responsible for maintaining records for contact hours.

Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy, Inc. (MAOT)
P.O. Box 850543 Braintree, MA 02185   Email:

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