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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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Single-family rooms vs. open-bay unit: new study reveals differences in psychological well-being of parents of very preterm babies depending on type of NICU design

In a study from Norway, researchers compared depression, anxiety, stress and attachment scores in parents of very preterm babies who were accommodated either in a single-family room (SFR) or in an open-bay (OB) unit. When a child is born preterm, parents often suffer from the immediate and lengthy separation from their babies in the hospital. As our instincts are programmed to take care of our…
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The NICU of the future: design meets function

Standards in practice - Best practice example for standards of care depicting the NICU of the future written by Dr Atle Moen, Consultant in neonatology at the Department of Neonatology, Rikshospitalet, Oslo University Hospital, Norway Our knowledge of how hospitalised term and preterm infants perceive, relate and are influenced by their surrounding environment has improved significantly during the last 20 years. Infants are negatively influenced…
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Standards of Care: How Norway implements high-quality care

Oslo, December 2018 On the occasion of their 30th anniversary, our Norwegian partner parent organisation Prematurforeningen, chaired a seminar at Rikshospitalet, Oslo, as a national follow-up of the launch of the European Standards of Care for Newborn Health and the Call to Action in Brussels, one month earlier. In only a few months, the organisation managed to reach out to well-known national experts from different disciplines to evaluate care procedures in perinatal and neonatal health on national level and prepared…
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11 months – 11 topics – lighthouse highlights in 2018

As part of our communication motto "11 months – 11 topics" in 2018, we introduced the concept of lighthouse projects. Every month, we featured one or more lighthouse projects. These are projects realised by members of our network or others active in neonatal care. They can be a source of inspiration, a motivator or a role model for other organisations. We compiled a summary of lighthouse highlights in 2018:  How to implement hygiene measures in a hospital – and foster…
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Lighthouse Project: Mother-baby bonding support rooms in Istanbul

A guest article by Ilknur Okay from El Bebek Gül Bebek Idea: To provide as best and often as possible contact between mothers and preterm babies Steps of implementation After El Bebek Gül Bebek decided to install a mother-baby bonding room in a public hospital, we approached the Istanbul Medicine Faculty Hospital, one of the major university hospitals in Turkey. We had meetings with the professors of the neonatology department, NICU nurses and visiting mothers to understand their needs and…
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