Dr Nils Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis. He is currently working on research with the Gates Foundation studying mother baby skin-to-skin in five countries of the world.
He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council.
Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year.
Below is some detailed information about his Pre-Conference Workshop:
Skin-to-Skin Contact: Current Evidence and Future Directions
We know skin-to-skin contact is crucial, but why? Dr. Nils will give a complete overview of the evolution of Western neonatal care and origins of Kangaroo Care and discuss the clinical significance of skin-to-skin contact at birth. He will share how recent neuroscience brings a whole new awareness to previous studies of skin-to-skin at birth and the early neonatal period.
Neurobehavioral Approach to Breastfeeding
All mammals have a set sequence of behaviors at birth all with a single purpose to breastfeed. Dr. Nils will thoroughly explain these behaviors and why they are so important, the nutritional importance of milk to neurodevelopment, as well as how to apply neurobehavioral techniques that support breastfeeding in preterm and full term infants.
Evidence-based Approach to Feeding Frequency and the Feed Sleep Cycle
There is a behavioral link between sleeping and feeding behavior. In this presentation, Dr. Nils will discuss rhythmicity, circadian and ultradian rhythm and how it affects the sleep rhythm/cycle. He will review anatomy physiology and discuss the validity to justify stomach capacity, and predict an optimal feeding frequency during the newborn period. Consequences of failing to abide by biological infant feeding will also be presented.
Maternal Perinatal Behavior
Maternal Perinatal care is of upmost importance and Dr. Nils is going to discuss what every practitioner should know regarding relevant anatomy and physiology, reproductive neurobiology and hormonal effects. Attendees will be able to appreciate a different view of human reproductive biology and Dr. Nils will share implications for society and culture if we begin applying healthier principles in maternal-infant care.