Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes

In association with DoulaCare Ireland


Book now for Nils and Jill Bergman’s ground breaking new training and become one of Ireland's first certified Kangaroula’s with NINO Academy (run by Nils and Jill) and DoulaCare Ireland

2020 dates yet to be arranged

Limited to 20 Participants!


Attendance Options:

including 'Certificate of Attendance'

2 Day Training

Only €450

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DoulaCare Ireland Doulas

Only €350


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During this training you will focus on the babies needs before, during and after birth. You will learn how to advocate for baby, while supporting their parents. You will also cover what the optimal conditions are for the newborn baby brain is and how you, as a Kangaroula can support and encourage these conditions in the labour ward and when baby comes home.

Developed by Dr Bergman and his wife Jill this course will be taught primarily by Jill and cover the neuroscience of a new born in the first 1,000 seconds, minutes and days. You will gain new techniques on how to support the mother baby dyad and the importance of skin to skin contact in different birth situations.  The Kangaroula applies the neuroscience, with awareness that the newborn brain is highly plastic, and adapts very rapidly to the earliest environment it experiences.

You will also learn what Kangaroula support looks like in the first 100 hours (4 days) and the first 1000 hours (6 weeks).

Finally, Jill Bergman will cover the process involved in becoming a certified Kangaroula with NINO Academy, and outline assignments involved. Please note, you do not have to undertake the certification process in order to participate in this course.






Previous doula or nursing experience is required before taking this training.

In order to certify as a Kangaroula, you will be required to attend 5 births as a doula - offering Kangaroula support & observations.

Open to Birth & Postpartum Doulas, Midwives & NICU/SCBU Nurses.

Springfield Hotel, Leixlip

2020 DATES yet to be arranged


This course will be extremely useful for you if you are working with expectant mothers, birthing mothers or mothers of young infants in any way, and specifically if you are a doula or NICU nurse.

Dr Nils Bergman

Dr Nils Bergman

Dr Bergman graduated at the University of Cape Town, and has worked in South Africa, Ciskei and, Sweden, before working seven years as Medical Superintendent and District Medical Officer at Manama Mission, Zimbabwe. Here he, together with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, developed and implemented Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of Very Low Birth Weight babies. He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of prematures in the hospitals of the Western Cape province.

He has given keynote addresses on KMC at International Conferences in six continents, and published articles on a variety of subjects in medical journals. He now researches and promotes KMC fulltime. He was for 6 years Senior Medical Superintendent of the Mowbray Maternity Hospital (7000 deliveries per year) and five Midwife Obstetric Units (11000 deliveries per year). Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town, as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.

Apart from his original degree, he holds a Diploma in Child Health, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacology, on the effects of scorpion stings. He is married to Jill, and father to Rebecka, Simon and Emma.


Jill Bergman has supported her husband Dr Nils Bergman in Kangaroo Mother Care since he started in 1988, and in a full-time capacity since 2000. She has used her degree and teachers diploma to make 4 films and written a book - Hold Your Prem - for parents of premature babies, all making the neuroscience that Nils teaches applicable in practice and translating care into non-technical language.

She has a passion for supporting mothers in labour as a doula and as a kangaroula, advocating for the needs of newborns, empowering mums and babies with early bonding and breastfeeding. She trains nursing staff and hospitals in the practicalities of skin to skin contact, and developmental care. Jill has spoken internationally since 2012. She is currently involved in a WHO study in 5 countries, training staff and parents in skin to skin contact for preterms.

She and Nils have three super youngsters, all now married.

Jill Bergman

Jill Bergman