1. Blackburn, Susan PhD, RN, FAAN
  2. Professor Emeritus

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This column is a part of an ongoing series on selected perinatal- and neonatal-focused Internet resources and mobile applications (apps) for clinical practice, teaching, or professional development. The Internet sites covered in this column include, selected animations of embryologic development of various body systems, United States Institute of Kangaroo Care, neonatal resuscitation program updates, and the National Institute of Nursing Research's YouTube channel. is a site from the United States Department of Agriculture that "provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information."1 Specific areas of the site address nutrition for different groups including children, students, adults, and older adults. Some resources are available in 20 languages. The section for "Moms/Moms-to-Be" provides nutritional information, customized daily food plans, managing weight and other nutrition-related health advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women (


There are many animations of embryologic development of different systems on YouTube. A previous Internet Resources column2 provided examples based on "Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects" by Moore, Persaud and Torchia.3 Additional animations from this source that illustrate early development include fertilization (; cleavage and blastocyst formation (; implantation (; gastru-lation (; folding of the embryo (; and develop-ment of body cavity ( As noted previously, the animations provide an excellent visual overview of embryologic development of the specific system.3 Since there is no narration to accompany these animations, they are most useful when used in conjunction with readings in this or other textbooks or courses.


The United States Institute for Kangaroo Care (, with Dr Susan Ludington as executive director, provides educational resources including an extensive, comprehensive bibliography of kangaroo care research and related articles that is updated regularly.


This bibliography contains original articles from all around the world, published abstracts, published articles in foreign languages, a list of sample pamphlets and protocols that are available and a list of researchers in the area and what they are studying.4


Also included on this site are a list of upcoming conferences and certification courses, speakers, several videos, and links to kangaroo care carrying devices and related products.


The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), 7th edition, will be published in spring 2016. In the interim, a summary of changes prepared by the NRP Steering Committee is available at in both English ( and Spanish ( Other re-sources on these updates are 2 articles on the new guidelines from a Pediatrics Supplement that contained the 2015 AHA/AAP Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care of the Neonate. The first article is "Part 7: Neonatal Resuscitation 2015 International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations" (from Perlman JM, et al): The second article is "Part 13: Neonatal Resuscitation 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care" (from Wyckoff MH, et al): NRP information is also available on the NRP Facebook page at


The National Institute of Nursing Research's YouTube channel ( provides selected videos of conference and other presentations. For example, there are several video vignettes on pediatric palliative care that examine the importance of palliative care for this population and suggestions for initiating and managing palliative care conversations with patients and their females. Recent additions to the site include 6 videos of presentations from the summer 2015 NINR Big Data in Symptoms Research Methodologies Boot Camp.


-Susan Blackburn, PhD, RN, FAAN


Professor Emeritus


Department of Family and Child Nursing


University of Washington, Seattle




1. United States Department of Agriculture. Accessed November 27, 2015. [Context Link]


2. Blackburn S. Internet resources. J Perinat Neonatal Nurs. 2015;29(4):275-276. doi:10.1097/JPN.0000000000000140. [Context Link]


3. Moore KL, Persaud TVN, Torchia MG. Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2012. [Context Link]


4. United States Institute for Kangaroo Care. 2015 Kangaroo care annotated bibliography and references to videos, books, webinars, wraps, researchers, etc. Accessed November 27, 2015. [Context Link]