Monthly Archives: June 2020

COVID-19: reflections on childbirth and neonatal care in Italy

In Italy, the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 infection has hit with an uneven distribution and, fortunately, in the neonatal setting the virus affects fewer patients and with less severity. Nevertheless, the moment of childbirth has turned into a more complex … Continue reading

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Response of UK milk banks to ensure the safety and supply of donor human milk in the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting several challenges to human milk banks and has highlighted a number of vulnerabilities in service provision that have been long known by those who work in the sector. In recent weeks, milk banks across the … Continue reading

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The role of simulation in preparing a response to the COVID-19 pandemic

In response to COVID-19, simulation has been used to embed practical skills such as donning and doffing of personal protective equipment and scenario-based logistics of proposed COVID-19 patient flows. We have developed small staff group training sessions, alongside larger scale … Continue reading

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Practical considerations for the emergency delivery of babies from mothers with confirmed or suspected COVID-19

Maternity and neonatal departments must be prepared for the delivery of babies from COVID-19 positive women. We describe a guideline developed at the North Middlesex University Hospital maternity unit, for multidisciplinary team members attending an emergency caesarean section of mothers … Continue reading

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EMBRACE neonatal MRI system: mitigating infection risk in the NICU

Despite the vigilance applied to infection prevention, NICUs are forced to accept unnecessary risks and transport fragile infants out of the controlled environment of the NICU to the radiology department when an MRI is needed. In many cases, this is … Continue reading

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Working with parents with seriously ill children and understanding the impact on their mental health

A new report from Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity examining the mental wellbeing of parents caring for a seriously ill baby or child has highlighted that they can often feel traumatised and hopeless. Parents Matter – The Impact on Parents’ Mental … Continue reading

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COVID-19: the importance of healthcare professionals in protecting human milk and breastfeeding

It is clear that the world will never be the same since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our daily routines and the healthcare system will be forever changed. Nonetheless, families will continue to conceive and bring new lives into … Continue reading

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Associations Between Variations in Breast Anatomy and Early Breastfeeding Challenges

Mothers with anatomic variability (e.g., shorter, wider nipples; denser areolas) may experience breastfeeding challenges disproportionately. The aim of this study was to examine whether variations in breast anatomy are associated with risk for early breastfeeding challenges. Abstract available in Journal … Continue reading

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Breastfeeding, Human Milk Collection and Containers, and Human Milk Banking: Hot Topics During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe and rapidly spreading viral disease that was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO, 2020a) on March 11, 2020. This rapidly evolving disease has highly affected the care of newborns delivered … Continue reading

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