History and mission


Convinced that the philosophy of development care was an exceptional approach that respected the premature child as a being equipped with communication skills while needing protection in order to pursue its neurodevelopment, the original associates did not hesitate
, in the 1990s, to export from the United States this philosophy of care in order to change practices in neonatology in Quebec. They developed and implemented the first training program in developmental care in Quebec.

In 2008, they did not hesitate to embark on the wave of continuing education of nurses in partnership with the OIIQ in order to offer training in development care to nurses in Quebec. They renewed this partnership in 2012 for a second training course, that on clinical examination of the newborn. Subsequently, they adapted their training to meet the growing needs of health centers and institutions. For example, they accredited four training programs at the Université de Montréal (three in development care and one in clinical examination of the newborn) and registered them with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO).

To date, if we include all training in developmental care and most recently in the clinical examination of the newborn, more than 10000 health professionals, have been trained by them directly in more the 30 health centers / institutions in Quebec and Ontario as well as overseas. 

Over the years, several collaborators and new associates have joined the team to bring in their knowledge and expertise. In collaboration with one of them, Margarida Ribeiro da Silva, the team lead the developpement and publication of the Guidelines for the institutional implementation of developmental neuroprotective care in the NICU, a joint position statement of CANN, CAPWHN, NANN and COINN. The first international developmental care guideline.

In 2019, a new associate joins the team to bring change and project management expertise to the team, for our consultation and management of developemental care implementation in different health care settings.
In 2022, an expansion in English Canada and towards trauma-informed care is essential and sees the arrival of another collaborator, Ms. Chantel Morin.

In order to transmit their knowledge, the partners have multiplied the activities of diffusion (conferences, scientific posters, articles, book chapter) in their fields of expertise. These activities have greatly helped to disseminate their knowledge and to equip nurses with their practice of preterm infants, newborns and families.


Our mission is to transform the Canadian neonatal intensive care units into compassionate, relation and trauma-informed based environment for the well-being of premature infants, their families and the health care professionals that care for them on a daily basis.

Consultation, training, coaching and support for the implementation of neuroprotective developmental trauma-informed care, both in hospitals and individually, are our main assets in achieving this objective.

Photo de maman et son nouveau né