Jill Bergman can be contacted at jill@kangaroomothercare.com Dr Nils Bergman can be contacted at nils@kangaroomothercare.com
Jill Bergman has a degree in Geography and English, and a higher diploma in education. She has worked as a teacher, lecturer, missionary, counselor, guider and youth leader, all these in three different cultures using three languages. Nevertheless, her top priority is her family, she has been an involved mother of three, who all breastfed for 18 months, and are now bright and super youngsters. She is passionate about parenting. Jill has been involved with Dr Nils Bergman in supporting and promoting Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for 24 years. As a teacher and counsellor she wants all parents to be given the Neuroscience of caring for their newborn babies in normal non-medical English. She has written and produced 4 DVDs on KMC. She has recently written a book called “Hold Your Prem”, a practical workbook on skin-to-skin contact for parents of premature babies. The newest DVD is KMC for every baby called Grow your Baby’s Brain. Jill is a qualified DOULA, and her knowledge of developmental care, and the above neuroscience on Kangaroo Mother Care, makes her a unique advocate for the baby at birth, a KANGAROULA!
Dr Nils Bergman calls himself a Public Health Physician, and currently promotes and researches skin-to-skin contact on a fulltime basis. He is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and a research affiliate of the South African Medical Research Council. Dr. Bergman was born in Sweden and raised in Zimbabwe, where he also later worked as a mission doctor. He received his medical degree (MB ChB) at the University of Cape Town, and later a Masters in Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. During his years in Zimbabwe he completed a doctoral dissertation (MD, equivalent to PhD) on scorpion stings. He has worked in rural South Africa, Zimbabwe and Sweden, and his last posting was Senior Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital in Cape Town, overseeing 18000 births per year. He enjoys sharing the wildlife of Africa with his wife and three youngsters. Dr Nils Burgman

On these pages you will find some basic information about the basics of NINO – Neuroscience for Improved Neonatal Outcomes!


“NINO Overview” describes the fundamentals of what a birth should look like

The actual labour should be attended by a DOULA, and a MIDWIFE, and the partner.
SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT should start at birth and continue UNDISTURBED
The GOLDEN HOUR ( we also call the “first 1000 seconds”) requires NO SEPARATION and protection.
During the undisturbed hour, the BABY WILL BREASTFEED (Mothers do not breastfeed, only babies!)
The first 1000 MINUTES is when the mother and baby brains are synchronised, as long as THEY ARE TOGETHER.
The result of this is an EMPOWERING CHANGE in mother’s brain, what we call  FEROCITY.
From this ideal beginning, good mother infant bonding and a future secure attachment lead to life long health.

The NINO FAMILY is growing…

This site describes what birth looks like according to NEUROSCIENCE.
That is an ambitious claim. but supported by facts and evidence on this and our other websites.
Based on this, the purpose of NINO is to make this known, accepted and practised, globally.
For this we have a NINO FOUNDATION – a wonderful team of advisors, which will grow.
We also have the NINO Academy, a registered company. The products for sale are from the NINO Academy, but the primary purpose of the NINO Academy is to provide information and education, training and implementation support.
In future we plan a NINO INSTITUTE that will support further research, and a NINO CLINIC to be a cutting edge Centre of Excellence.

The NINO TEAM will grow

But at the moment it is:

Nils Bergman – nils@kangaroomothercare.com

Jill Bergman – jill@ninobirth.org



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