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                    WV Breastfeeding Alliance Spring Meeting                                      and                 

 "Rejoining the Original Dyad" Conference 

Charleston Division-WVU Health Sciences Center

featuring Dr. Nils Bergman, MD, author,

"Kangaroo Mother Care" and "Grow Your Baby's Brain"

sponsors:  WV Perinatal Partnership

WVDHHR/Office of Family, Maternal and Child Health

West Virginia Breastfeeding Alliance

CAMC Institute

Registration Open @ 8:15 a.m.    Enhanced continental breakfast will be provided.

Program starts at 9:00 a.m.    Program concludes at 4:30 p.m. 

Lunch will be provided.

Dr. Nils Bergman; Public Health Physician - MB ChB, DCH, MPH, MD will be the key presenter for this event.  (See his short bio at the end of this text)

Topics presented include:

  • The Scientific and Evidence Base for Skin-to-Skin
  • Skin-to-skin contact:  Current Evidence and Future Directions
  • Better Care at Lower Cost?  Financial and Cost Issues From the Neuroscience
  • A Neurobehavioural Approach to Feeding Frequency (evidence on stomach capacity)

Also on the agenda:  Denise Barbier, University of Louisville, and Shauna Lively, Outreach Education Director, WVPP, will present data gathered from  the Kangaroo Care Initiative that has been conducted in WV by the WV Perinatal Partnership.  

The WV Breastfeeding Alliance will also hold a brief meeting.

Application being made for continuing education for physicians, nurses, IBCLCs, CLC/CLS, social workers.

Dr Bergman graduated at the University of Cape Town, and has worked in South Africa, Ciskei and, Sweden, before working seven years as Medical Superintendent and District Medical Officer at Manama Mission, Zimbabwe. Here he, together with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, developed and implemented Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of Very Low Birth Weight babies. 
He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of prematures in the hospitals of the Western Cape province. He has given keynote addresses on KMC at International Conferences in six continents, and published articles on a variety of subjects in medical journals. He now researches and promotes KMC fulltime. 
He was for 6 years Senior Medical Superintendent of the Mowbray Maternity Hospital (7000 deliveries per year) and five Midwife Obstetric Units (11000 deliveries per year). Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town, as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Apart from his original degree, he holds a Diploma in Child Health, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacology. 


Cinny Kittle
WV Breastfeeding Alliance


Charleston Division-WVU Health Sciences Center
3110 MacCorkle Ave. SE
Kanawha City
Charleston, WV
United States