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Nurturing care for every newborn

This month, the WHO and UNICEF launched the thematic brief “Nurturing Care for Every Newborn: Ensuring Every Newborn Survives and Thrives” to inform about infant- and family-centred developmental care as well as ways to realise the concept in NICUs and at home.

Video statement

Lal and Piril Okay, twins born preterm in the 1990s, share in a video statement for GLANCE, how their own preterm birth has influenced their personalities but also how they want to use their voices to support parents and hospitalised newborns to remain together during clinical care also now in times of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Research paper

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic led to a separation between parents and vulnerable babies at the very start of their lives. With our global survey among more than 2100 parents from more than 56 countries, we aimed to listen to parents’ experiences during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic on key elements of infant and family-centred developmental care. Detailed survey findings have now been published and can be accessed via our website.

“From fear and freezing to trust and letting go” – An interview with Ingeborg Anna Martens

Ingeborg Anna Martens was born in gestational week 30/31 in the 1970s. As was the common practice back then, she was separated from her parents who could only “visit” their daughter at the ward and watch her from a distance. Over the years, Ingeborg has reflected a lot on the long-term influence her preterm birth and this separation in the first months of her life had had on herself and on her relationship with herself and to others. Today she can say she emerged stronger from the past and looks into the future with courage and self-acceptance.

Entrevista

Como muitos pais em todo o mundo, Patrícia Larguinho Estêvão e Pedro Filipe Silva Oliveira foram separados do seu bebé prematuro devido às medidas de segurança e higiene da COVID-19 em curso. Demorou quase 3 meses até a família estar novamente unida. Nesta entrevista, Patrícia Larguinho Estêvão e Pedro Filipe Silva Oliveira, partilham o que sentiram ao passarem por este período emocional.

Parents Interview

Like many parents worldwide, Patrícia Larguinho Estêvão and Pedro Filipe Silva Oliveira have been separated from their preterm born baby due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety and hygiene measures. It took almost 3 months until the family was united again. In this interview, Patrícia Larguinho Estêvão and Pedro Filipe Silva Oliveira, share how it felt for them to go through this emotional time.

Call for change in care culture

Physical and emotional closeness between parents and their newborn infant is important for the development of both preterm and term-born infants. In an experimental study, carried out in 9 hospitals in Finnland, researchers investigated if and how an educational intervention programme could enhance parental presence in the ward and increase skin-to-skin care. The study aimed to fill the knowledge gap related to the facilitation of parent-infant closeness and explored how a systematic training of professionals could eventually enhance family-centred care culture.

COVID-19 DUAL PAPER LAUNCH

Two papers have been released on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on small and sick newborn care: a global survey and a risk analysis. Both highlight the importance of maintaining a zero separation policy in neonatal wards and hospitals to improve outcomes of babies born too small, too sick and too soon.

Prioritising mental health

Addressing mental health in the NICU environment has become even more pressing as neonatal care is very much affected by the ongoing pandemic. That is why our Zero separation campaign raises awareness for the importance of high quality emotional and psychological care for parents, other family members and clinical staff in order to sustainably enable their physical and emotional well-being.

How separation policies affect fathers of newborns

In an interview with GLANCE, Vilni Verner Holst Bloch, father of a preterm born girl, recalls the especially challenging moments when he himself was separated from his daughter as she needed medical treatment right after her birth. He gives advice to fathers and partners who currently find themselves in a similar situation due to the visitation restrictions.

Psychological Support for Families and Health Care Professionals

The Brazilian Parents of Preemies' Association, Prematuridade, in partnership with invited psychologists, has provided free psychological assistance to dozens of people focusing, above all, on the current pandemic situation.

Good News from Our Partner AFPNC in Ghana

Selina Bentoom, founder of the African Foundation for Premature Babies and Neonatal Care (AFPNC), launched two initiatives aimed at supporting children and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. She distributed infant warmers to hospitals in remote areas in Ghana and collaborated with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ghana (SOGOG) and the Ghana Psychological Association (GPA) on a podcast series broadcast all over Africa.

Survey now online

GLANCE developed and released the worldwide study “Impact of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on special/intensive care for newborns – a parents’ perspective”. It aims at exploring parents’ experiences related to the challenges caused by the current pandemic regarding the care of and access to their newborn baby.

Zero Separation: Global Campaign

GLANCE launched its first global campaign. In cooperation with its international network, GLANCE developed the long-termcampaign Zero separation. Together for better Care! to support parents of hospitalised newborns and healthcare professionals in neonatal care units with the aim to enable infant and family centred developmental care in line with COVID-19-precautions.

“It was a matter of life and death”

What was it like giving birth preterm 40 years ago? And how does it affect an adult today, who was born preterm back then? Juliëtte Kamphuis from the Netherlands was born preterm in the 1980s. In this interview, she and her parents Joke and Theo Kamphuis told GLANCE about their very personal experience back then. Also to share this experience with parents affected by preterm birth and hospitalisation today.

First GLANCE Chair Committee Meeting

Current times ask for creative solutions! As the pandemic made a meeting in person impossible, we were delighted to have the chance to e-meet digitally on the occasion of the first GLANCE Chair Committee Meeting.

Brazil extends maternity leave

The maternity leave for mothers of premature babies is extended. Last month Brazil's Supreme Federal Tribunal decided to prolong the period of maternity leave for mothers of premature infants.

Global Call to Action for Newborn Care – Japan is taking action

The journal club at Okinawa Prefectural College of Nursing selected and discussed the “Global Call to Action for Newborn Care” to share its mission with the colleagues, both nursing and medicine.

Meet the GLANCE Chair Committe

We are honoured to introduce you to the newly elected GLANCE Chair Committee. It was an objective to found a committee which is both geographically diverse and following a multi-stakeholder and interdisciplinary approach.

One year after the launch: the Global Alliance for Newborn Care is taking shape

One year ago, EFCNI went public about the founding of GLANCE, the Global Alliance for Newborn Care for the first time. At the annual Parent Organisations Meeting, when our network of international parent and patient organisations met, we shared the news about this big endeavour. A lot has happened since then and together we could work on the next future projects.