AURORA, Colo. – The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) presented its Best of JOGNN Writing Award to Madalynn Neu, RN, PhD, of the University of Colorado College of Nursing, for her article, “Maternal Holding of Preterm Infants During the Early Weeks After Birth and Dyad Interaction at Six Months.”  The award was presented June 28, 2011 at the AWHONN national convention in Denver, Colorado.

This Best of JOGNN Writing Award honors the first author of an original paper published in JOGNN.  Papers are nominated by the editors and the winning paper is chosen by the members of the JOGNN Editorial Advisory Board.  Criteria for the award include the originality of the work, the clarity and scholarliness of the writing, the potential for the paper to significantly affect the care of women, infants, and/or childbearing families, and the interdisciplinary importance of the work.

Neu is an assistant professor at the CU College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Her award-winning article explores the impact of a nursing intervention called “kangaroo holding” of preterm infants. In kangaroo holding, an infant is held skin-to-skin by an adult. This practice promotes healthy heart rates, temperatures, and breathing for infants stable enough to be held.  Neu is widely published in the areas of preterm and neonatal health.

“This important research will help to address health care concerns of preterm infants,” said JOGNN Editor, Dr. Nancy Lowe. “Neu’s exploration of maternal holding provided beginning evidence that the simple intervention of kangaroo holding may result in significant improvement in maternal-infant coregulation at six months of age.”

A member of Sigma Theta Tau, Neu earned her bachelor of science in nursing from St. Louis University.  She earned her master of science in nursing and doctor of philosophy in nursing at the University of Colorado.  She has received a number of awards related to nursing research and education, including the University of Colorado’s Dissertation Research Award, the Stember Award for Excellence in Research and the Watson Award for Vision in Human Caring.


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