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World Breastfeeding Week: great commitment from the preterm birth community

For six years, EFCNI has been actively supporting and participating in World Breastfeeding Week with its own awareness initiatives. This year's slogan "Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet", also put environmental aspects which affect our babies' health and future, on the agenda. EFCNI strongly supports breastfeeding and wants to do its part to increase the number of newborns that benefit from breastmilk. At the same time, it is also crucial to represent and support the most vulnerable group of newborns:…
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Providing a Family Support Service during Coronavirus

A guest article by Alison Mc Nulty, Chief Executive Officer, Tinylife, Northern Ireland Every year in Northern Ireland 2000 babies are born too soon, too sick or too small spending anything from a few days, weeks or even months in one of the 7 neonatal units across the country. In 1988 Northern Ireland had the highest levels of baby mortality and morbidity across the developed world, so a group of parents and health…
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Virtual Education sessions for parents: An interview with Fabiana Bacchini

We interviewed Fabiana Bacchini from the parent organisation Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF) on their Virtual Education sessions, which include interviews with experts on topics regarding COVID-19 and prematurity, and their new COVIDCare program which offers two free counselling sessions to new parents in need.   Exchanging knowledge and sharing experience are always important but even more so in times of COVID-19. What do you offer to support your parent network in terms of exchange and support…
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The impact of COVID-19 on Parents and NICUs: An interview with Livia Nagy

The COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges for NICUs and parents of premature or sick newborns. Due to the risk of Coronavirus getting into the NICU, some units restricted the time parents were allowed to spend with their babies. But other units showed an advanced approach by letting mothers stay with their babies 24/7. We interviewed Livia Nagy from the parent organisation "Melletted a helyem Egyesület" in Hungary on the impact of COVID-19 on NICUs and parents.  …
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NeonaTEL: A call centre for parental support during the COVID-19 pandemic, established by the Romanian parent organisation Unu si Unu

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic parents are in need of special support. They have questions which should be answered on daily basis. EFCNIs partner parent organisation Unu si Unu established a call center to stay in touch with parents and parents-to-be and to help them to stay healthy and close to their children in the time of COVID-19. Corina Croitoru from Asociația Unu si Unu in Romania explained how the Call Center works and what is needed to set it up.…
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Family-centred care in times of the pandemic

An interview with Atle Moen Dear Dr Moen, In your paper „If parents were a drug“ [accessible via Wiley Online Library], you describe how involving parents in care procedures and giving them an opportunity to provide skin-to-skin care, has proven to be beneficial for hospitalised newborns in short and long-term outcomes. You also claim that if these evidence-based benefits could be administered in form of a drug, the common practice would most likely be to give this drug to the…
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15 minutes is NOT OK – Irish parent organisation campaigns against the restriction of parental access to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) have restricted or even abolished the time parents can spend in the NICU with their baby. EFCNIs partner parent organisation Irish Neonatal Health Alliance (INHA) recently launched the campaign “15 minutes is NOT OK” which raises awareness for an issue that will have long-term consequences for both parents and babies. Mandy Daly, founder of INHA, told us how this campaign was developed. Mrs…
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Supporting parents during the COVID-19 pandemic – Australian parent organisation shares best practice in reaching out digitally

Across the world parents of premature babies are deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitals’ safety measures taken to protect against COVID-19 often separate parents form their newborns, even when the whole family is healthy. Worldwide parent organisations do their best in order to support those families in need. We talked to Kylie Pussell, CEO and Co-Founder of the Miracle Babies Foundation, about how the current situation changed the way the foundation is reaching out to parents. [caption id="attachment_12588"…
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Retinopathy Of Prematurity: Keep up the screening process, even in difficult times – An interview with Professor Doctor Andreas Stahl

In times of self-isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, concerned parents are often uncertain whether they should take their babies to screening and follow-up appointments. Retinopathy of Prematurity is an eye disease that affects mainly very preterm born babies and requires a close screening. Professor Andreas Stahl, Director and Chair of Ophthalmology, University Medicine Greifswald clarifies why screening should not be postponed. Professor Stahl, is there anything one should consider regarding COVID-19 when it comes to treatment of ROP? The key…
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COVID-19 – Possible risks during pregnancy: An interview with Doctor Dietmar Schlembach

Doctor Schlembach, does it make sense to test every pregnant woman for corona? No, that is not necessary. Screening recommendations vary from country to country, so please check the recommendations from your health care administration. But generally it is recommended that only persons with symptoms suggestive for CoVid 19 shall be tested. Generally, pregnant women do not appear to be more severely unwell than the general population if they develop COVID-19. As…
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