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11 November 2022

Mothers’ experiences of early skin-to-skin contact vs. traditional separation approach after a very preterm birth

Researchers in Norway explored experiences of mothers of very preterm children regarding early skin-to-skin contact vs. a traditional separation approach. Mothers benefited from skin-to-skin contact as it ensured them the...
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09 November 2022

Effects of growth differences during twin pregnancy on later life

Researchers from the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the Netherlands found that children who have received less nutrients during pregnancy compared to their identical twin sibling have a higher...
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27 October 2022

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and quality of life in children and adolescents

With the use of an online questionnaire, more than 5000 families in the region of South Tyrol, Italy, were asked about the consequences of the first year of the COVID-19...
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19 October 2022

Relation between vaginal hygiene practices and spontaneous preterm birth

Researchers from the Netherlands wanted to find out if there is an association between vaginal hygiene practices before and during pregnancy and spontaneous preterm birth. As one of the results,...
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22 September 2022

Global trends in preterm birth from 1990-2019

In a recent study from China, data from the 2019 Global Burden of Disease study have been analysed to show trends in preterm birth. Deaths and incident cases decreased globally,...
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08 September 2022

Developmentally supportive care among NICU nurses in South Korea

The implementation of developmentally supportive care can directly impact the health outcome of preterm babies.  A study evaluated South Korean NICU nurses’ experience and perception regarding this approach. Of the...
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09 August 2022

The legislative framework of donor human milk and human milk banking in Europe

When mothers own milk is not available, donor human milk (DHM) is the best alternative to nourish preterm or sick babies. Nevertheless, human milk banks (HMB) within Europe are rarely...
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09 August 2022

Child growth and neurodevelopment following an antenatal lifestyle intervention in routine care

Having overweight or obesity in childhood increases the risk of being overweight or obese in adulthood and is accompanied by an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart...
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09 August 2022

Are pre- and early pregnancy lifestyle factors associated with the risk of preterm birth? A secondary cohort analysis of the cluster-randomised GeliS trial

Preterm birth remains a global and partially unresolved health problem with affected newborns having an increased mortality and morbidity risk and often long-term health impairments. In this secondary analysis, researchers...
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06 July 2022

Family Integrated Care to Improve Paternal Mental Health

A study conducted in the Netherlands examined the mental health of fathers of preterm infants after their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Responses of 126 fathers who...
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