Sidra Medical and Research Center, Qatar
Constance Eggert, OTR, MSPT, received her Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University and completed a post-graduate fellowship in Neonatal Physical Therapy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Intensive Care Nursery Boston, Massachusetts. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a neuro-behavioral and neuro-developmental specialist who has worked with babies and families in Neonatal Intensive Care Units throughout the United States for 25 years and recently at HMC in Doha, Qatar. Her clinical focus in the NICU has been on neuro-protection and integration of emerging sensory and motor systems of the premature and sick neonate; recognizing and responding to neuro-behavioral cues of stress and stability to encourage functional competencies in sleep, feeding, postural motor development and infant interaction; promoting relationship-based family centered caregiving and parenting in the NICU. In private practice in the U.S., Constance worked with NICU graduates with feeding and growth issues in transitioning from nasal gavage and gastrostomy tube feedings to oral feedings. Constance has developed and implemented numerous protocols to optimize the sensory experiences of premature infants in the NICU to improve readiness for oral feeding, enhance infant-maternal bonding and pleasure responses and decrease stress and pain behaviors. She has presented locally and in the United States to hospital staff, community health and early intervention personnel, university programs and international conferences as a guest speaker and adjunct faculty at Regis University, Denver, Colorado.