All things neonatal: professionals and parent representatives debate neonatal care in Hungary

A guest article by Livia Nagy

The 17th Congress of the Hungarian Perinatology Society was organized in Siófok, Hungary by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the newly-founded Department Group of Neonatology at Semmelweis University.

On the first day of the conference, numerous insightful high-quality presentations were shown to the audience. The presentation by Anikó Kussinszky (Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Head of Department of Equal Opportunities and Children’s Rights) was certainly a highlight in the session about ’Family-friendly obstetrics, expectations and solutions’. This presentation provided insights into the work of the ombudsman, introducing the legal aspects of family-centred care. In her presentation, Anikó Kussinszky paid special attention to human dignity, communication and information rights, as well as the rights of children.

Dr Csaba Nádor, President of the Right(s) beside you Association (Melletted a Helyem), called attention to the significance of the European Standards of Care and their implementation in Hungary as soon as possible. The standards have been developed based on the initiative of EFCNI and with the involvement of 220 professionals working in cooperation as a multidisciplinary team. The panel of Family-Centred Care was closed by a roundtable discussion in which in addition to professionals, Lívia Nagy, member of the EFCNI parent advisory board and  GLANCE Founding Committee member, represented the voice of the babies and their parents.

On the second day of the conference, the presenters focused on breast-feeding and follow-up care and development of preterm children. Also, they introduced the new interventions used in the treatment of developmental disorders. These lectures also referred to the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health as a reference for missing guidelines.

The key message of the conference also mirrors the mission of the Right(s) beside you Association:

„’The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members’ (Gandhi) because „the dignity and life of all human beings is untouchable, regardless of their physical and mental development or condition, and of how much they have realized from their human potential, and why that much.”

In the picture (f.l.t.r.): Livia Nagy (Right(s) beside you Association), Dr. Csaba Nádor (Right(s) beside you Association), Dr Anikó Kussinszky (Office of the Commissioner for Fundamental Rights, Head of Department of Equal Opportunities and Children’s Rights), Prof. Nándor Ács, (Right(s) beside you Association), Afonyiné Kaló tünde (Right(s) beside you Association)