World Prematurity Day – A Plea for Family Centered Care
Speaker: Thomas Kühn, MD
Duration: 1 hour
Format: On-demand streaming video
Preterm infants are fetuses who develop in extra uterine settings at a time when their brains are growing more rapidly than at any other time throughout their life span.
Developmental care for preterm as well as sick newborns focuses on minimizing invasive procedures in a controlled handling scheme. It should guarantee appropriate neuro-sensory stimuli for the infants and their rapid developing brain structures.
There is a culture change in modern NICU´s, from a paternalistic approach to a family-centered care model. Parents are involved in the care of their infant and have an active role in the most difficult period of life for the whole family. In the future, strategies to reduce perinatal morbidity and mortality will include a main focus on psychosocial interventions.
At the end of this presentation the attendee will understand:
The concept that in a NICU, developmental care equates to family centered care
Parents should be encouraged to take care of their hospitalized infant as primary caregivers
The default position is that mothers and infants are not separated
Modern NICU’s take care of the whole family
Psychosocial interventions and parental support are promising measures to improve outcomes of preterm babies
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