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The role of fathers in breastfeeding

Men can play an important role when it comes to breastfeeding. Within our monthly topic of “Nutrition”, we wanted to get to the bottom of this issue and talked to a well-known expert in this field, Professor Michael Abou-Dakn, Head of Department at the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the St. Joseph's Hospital Berlin Tempelhof, Germany. To what extent do men influence women's decision to breastfeed their child and the frequency…
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Human milk banking

A guest article by Professor Jean-Charles Picaud, President of European Milk Bank Association (EMBA) Health benefits of breastfeeding are well-known in healthy term infants. These benefits are even greater in preterm infants as human milk (HM) feeding reduces the risk of complications associated with prematurity, such as digestive intolerance, necrotising enterocolitis, sepsis, retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) and bronchopulmonary dysplasia. As these benefits specifically present in preterm infants are dose-dependent, babies should receive as…
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Kangaroo sweaters for Hungarian hospital

Thanks to numerous donors, and with the support of Laura Bavalics on behalf of her husband PhD. Zack Boukydis' memory fund, we supplied the NICU in Miskolc, Hungary, with so called “Benjamin Kangaroo Sweaters”. These shirts facilitate skin-to-skin care by maintaining the mother’s mobility. They are designed to support safe and comfortable kangarooing even if the baby is connected to medical devices. In addition, they are equipped with small mirrors that enables the mother to watch her child’s face. Livia…
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Lighthouse Project: Human milk is the best for infants

A guest article by Dr Margarita Tzaki, Director of the Neonatology Department / NICU at ELENA VENIZELOU hospital in Athens, Greece The ELENA VENIZELOU hospital in Athens, Greece, was founded in 1935 from a donation for the benefit of mothers and newborn babies. It was designed to provide the best care for them, so practicing rooming-in, based on the model of a maternity hospital in Lausanne, has been the only choice ever since its opening. In 1945, the neonatal intensive…
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Lighthouse Project: Palliative Care and grief counselling in Peri- und Neonatology

New guiding principles published - a remarkable project in the field of "Ethical decision-making and palliative care" a guest article by Katarina Eglin from the German Federal association "Das frühgeborene Kind" e.V. Terminal care and grief counselling always act as part at neonatal care facilities when children are either born very preterm or seriously ill. However, so far there wasn’t a suitable recommendation for action in the German speaking countries, which provides guidance for the healthcare team to deal professionally…
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Lighthouse Project: the neonatal butterfly project – support for grieving parents and guidance for health professionals

July is the month where we shed light on the complex and sensitive topic of ethical decision making and palliative care in neonatology and obstetrics. One outstanding project as part of this monthly topic, is the pioneer work of the neonatal butterfly project, a group of nurses, doctors and other academics, working with parents who have experienced the loss of their baby on a neonatal unit. However, the project does not…
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EFCNI roundtable on neonatal parenteral nutrition

On 4 July 2018, experts from various European countries came together in Munich, Germany, for the EFCNI roundtable on neonatal parenteral nutrition. Parenteral nutrition is a feeding therapy that provides nutrition through the veins to preterm or severely ill babies, who cannot (yet) be adequately fed by mouth or through a feeding tube. Among the 15 experts who attended the roundtable were neonatologists, pharmacists, and parent representatives…
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There is a great need for urgent pan-European harmonisation

An interview with Professor Charles Christoph Roehr, President of the European Society for Paediatric Research, on the topic Medical care and clinical practice In terms of medical practice in neonatology - in which fields do you see the most significant disparities between European countries? This is a very good question. We see significant disparities on many levels, starting from the recognition of Neonatology as an individual Paediatric subspecialty. There are still a number…
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Surfactant replacement therapy – a milestone in neonatology

The Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) is a lung disorder that is mostly seen in preterm babies, especially those born before week 30. It is caused by a lack of surfactant, which is a substance that coats the inside of the lungs and prevents the small air sacs (alveoli) from collapsing.1 In preparation for breathing air, fetuses begin producing surfactant during the third trimester of pregnancy through labour and delivery. Depending on the level of prematurity, the lungs of a baby…
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Lighthouse project: a baby saving innovation – the Embrace infant warmer

One of our lighthouse projects in the field of Medical care is the Embrace warmer. It was designed to improve healthcare in low-resource settings to help vulnerable newborns survive and thrive. When infants are born preterm, they lack the body fat that is necessary to regulate their own temperature. As a consequence, room temperature can feel…
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