Session on Infant and family-centred developmental care before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the health sector and exposed shortcomings that affect both patients and professionals. Therefore, we were very pleased to be given the opportunity to present these issues in our interdisciplinary session on “Infant and family-centred developmental care before and during the COVID-19 pandemic” at the EAPS Congress in Barcelona. Not only could we highlight the consequences of the pandemic on neonatology, considering different stakeholders, we also had a chance to present details of our global parent survey on how parents experienced the impact of the pandemic on family-centred care in the NICU, how the mental health of healthcare professionals has been challenged, and how support for parents and healthcare staff in challenging situations like a pandemic can look like.

The session, was supported by great speakers who shed light on the parents’ situation during the often rigorous separation from their newborn in the NICU and also how healthcare professionals can support parents as allies and partners now and in the future. After all, we need science-based, not fear-based policies.

If you would like to learn more about our global parent survey on the impact of the pandemic on neonatal care, please click on the button below

You find the paper An international study on implementation and facilitators and barriers for parent-infant closeness in neonatal units by Veenendaal, N. et al. by clicking on the button below.

From left to right: Prof. Luc Zimmermann, Dr. Agnes van den Hoogen, Silke Mader, Dr. Johanna Kostenzer, Nicole van Veenendaal