As a parent of two premature children and founder of Hand to Hold, Kelli Kelley is a fierce advocate for NICU parents.
Kelli’s expertise ranges from the importance of family-centered care in the NICU to improving psychosocial support standards for parents. Serving as the “parent voice” of the community, Kelli presents on the following topics:
- Perinatal mood disorders in NICU parents, including post-partum depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- The long-term implications the emotional trauma of the NICU has on the entire family
- Improving parent relationships and interactions with medical staff and social workers
- How parents can become confident caregivers for their medically fragile children
- Pregnancy after prematurity
Mrs. Kelley’s delivery is emotive, moving and passionate. The audience is drawn in. She interacts with the audience and guides them as they consider their own roles and interactions with mothers and challenged infants. Her presentations are both instructive and entertaining.
– Bradley P. Fuhrman, MD / Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Kelli’s presentation is more than I could ever describe on paper but it is powerful, captivating, informative, enlightening and very educational for all.
– Craig McCrary / VP & COO, Neotech Products Inc.
Core shaking session. Makes me realize how far-reaching my every move and word makes in the lives of families I care for.
— Attendee at National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) Conference
Past Speaking Engagements
20th Annual NICU Leadership Forum. “The Importance of Family-Friendly Support in the NICU”
13th Annual Neonatal Nursing Symposium at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Keynote Speaker
National Coalition of Infant Health’s Infant Health Policy Summit. “PPD & PTSD: Impact Of The NICU On Parents, Families, And Staff”
National Association of Neonatal Nurses 32nd Annual Educational Conference, Palm Springs, CA. “Developmental Diaper Care in the NICU.”
National Association of Neonatal Nurses 31st Annual Educational Conference, Dallas, TX, Keynote Speaker
St. David’s Woman’s Center of Austin Presenter. “Developing Practice Strategies to Maximize Maternal & Fetal Outcomes”
National Association for Neonatal Therapists. “A Professional’s Guide to the NICU Parent”
Texas Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, Ft. Worth, Texas. “The Emotional Impact of a NICU Stay: Promoting Positive Coping and Parenting Skills Among NICU Families”
NICU Leadership Forum, Scottsdale, Arizona. “Meeting the Needs of NICU Families to Ensure Best Outcomes for NICU Babies and Those that Love Them.”
Pediatric Grand Rounds, El Paso Children’s Hospital/Tech University Health Sciences Center. “A Parent’s Perspective: The Emotional Impact of Preterm Birth”
Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care, Family Involvement Team Webinar. “The Emotional Impact of a NICU Stay: Promoting Positive Coping and Parenting Skills Among NICU Families.”
Texas Pediatric Society Annual Meeting, Ft. Worth, TX. “Meeting the Needs of NICU Families to Ensure Best Outcomes for NICU Babies and Those that Love Them.”