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What matters to women in the postnatal period?

The postnatal period is an important adjustment period for women, which lasts from after delivery until up to six weeks after birth. During this phase women receive immediate clinical care and community support to ensure the health of mother and child by providing support for breastfeeding practices, monitoring the infants’ development and counselling. Yet, maternity care is often insufficient and differs across countries. To ensure that women receive the best care, a study identified…
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Both preterm and post-term birth increases risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are complex and remain unclear. A recent study, involving more than 3.5 million children, now shows that the risk of ASD may slightly increase for each week a baby is born before or after 40 weeks of gestation. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, affecting 1% to 2% of children worldwide. Children with this disease cannot initialize or take part in social communication and have repetitive behaviours. The reasons may be…
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RECAPpreterm Cohort Platform will soon be accessible

RECAPpreterm is a research project developing a unique data platform that will allow researchers to find and use data from very preterm and very low birth weight cohorts to answer research questions.  The Cohort Platform will bring together extensive data from 20 population-based cohorts of children and young adults born very preterm from 13 European countries as well as further cohorts from around the world. End of January, the project’s General…
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Generational effects of COVID-19: Elevated anxiety during pregnancy has negative impact on infants

A self-report questionnaire in pregnant women in Alberta reveals that stress resulting from specific concerns about COVID-19 exceeds expected levels and is higher than that experienced by other groups of people. Social support and physical activity appeared as potential protective factors. The global COVID-19 pandemic has provided a platform to study the impact of severe disease outbreak and subsequent quarantine on mental health issues. Since these issues are heightened in…
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Queen Elizabeth II honours Inga Warren

Inga Warren from NIDCAP Federation International has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's New Year's Honours for her services to preterm born babies. This is one of the highest accolades given and is a wonderful recognition, justly deserved, of her work and dedication to babies and their families. Inga Warren is a neonatal development specialist with extensive experience as an occupational therapist working with children of…
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The impact of visitation restrictions in the NICU during COVID-19

Covid-19 has a big impact on the care given in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs). The implementation of family centred care has increased in recent years due to many health benefits for the neonates and family, but the Coronavirus pandemic caused hospitals to change their visitation policies. In a study conducted by Murray and Swanson, changes of the visitation rights in the NICUs and the consequences for parents and their newborns are discussed. In order…
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Preterm children’s long-term academic performance after adaptive computerised training

Altered brain development and academic underachievement are potential consequences of preterm birth. A recent study from Germany now showed that adaptive computerised training can increase short-term academic growth in preterm children. Low attention, working memory and mathematic scores can be the result of preterm birth, making preterm children more vulnerable to reduced academic performance. While research has shown that an adaptive working memory training (Cogmed) has no long-term benefits on school performance for preterm school-aged…
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Parents’ satisfaction with follow-up healthcare for their preterm born children and their suggestions for improvement

Follow-up healthcare for very preterm infants is crucial for their development, but the quality of care differs a lot across Europe. As parents of very preterm born children have experienced first-hand the follow-up care for their children, they can provide impactful ideas for improvements and future policies. In a Europe-wide study, the authors collected data from medical records and questionnaires that parents had filled out during the first five years of their preterm born child’s life. This study gathered data…
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Prevention of Coronavirus transmission from mothers to newborns while breastfeeding and engaging in skin-to-skin contact

So far, there is insufficient knowledge about COVID-19 spreading to newborns from their mothers who tested positive for the virus at the time of the birth. A new study suggests that hygiene precautions can protect neonates from contracting the virus during breastfeeding and skin-to-skin contact with the mother. Salvatore and colleagues conducted a study with women who tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of the birth of their child. In total, 82 infants born at three New York hospitals…
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Delivering transformative action in paediatric pain: a Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Commission

Pain is a feeling every child and adolescent, will experience in their lives. Yet, unrecognised, undertreated, or poorly managed pain in childhood can have long-lasting negative consequences such as chronic pain, disability and distress. Even though there are several tools, expertise, and evidence available to handle childhood pain more successfully, pain is too often silenced and relief too infrequently given. Therefore, it is time for a change. The Lancet…
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