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Heart Rate Variability as a Feeding Intervention Outcome Measure in the Preterm Infant

 Feeding interventions for preterm infants aim to reduce the physiologic stress of feeding to promote growth. Heart rate variability (HRV) is a potential noninvasive measure of physiologic stress that may be useful for evaluating efficacy of feeding interventions. Purpose: To … Continue reading

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Healthcare Professionals’ Attitudes and Practices in Supporting and Promoting the Breastfeeding of Preterm Infants in NICUs

Breastfeeding preterm infants is shown to have important health benefits for both infants and mothers. A positive relationship between mothers and healthcare teams and supportive practices tend to facilitate maternal competence and promote early initiation of breastfeeding within neonatal intensive … Continue reading

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Transitional Objects to Faciliate Grieving Following Perinatal Loss

Parents who experience a perinatal loss often leave the hospital with empty arms and no tangible mementos to validate the parenting experience. Opportunities to create parenting experiences with transitional objects exist following the infant’s death. This article offers suggestions for … Continue reading

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Learning from deaths: Parents’ Active Role and ENgagement in The review of their Stillbirth/perinatal death (the PARENTS 1 study)

Following a perinatal death, a formal standardised multi-disciplinary review should take place, to learn from the death of a baby and facilitate improvements in future care. It has been recommended that bereaved parents should be offered the opportunity to give … Continue reading

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Antenatal magnesium sulphate administration for fetal neuroprotection: a French national survey

  Magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) is the only treatment approved for fetal neuroprotection. No information on its use is available in the absence of a national registry of neonatal practices. The objective of the study was to evaluate the use of … Continue reading

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Umbilical cord bilirubin as a predictor of neonatal jaundice: a retrospective cohort study

Hyperbilirubinaemia is a major cause of neonatal morbidity. Early identification of those infants most at risk might allow the development of targeted primary preventative therapy and follow-up. The objective of this study was to assess whether arterial umbilical cord bilirubin … Continue reading

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Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education: an innovative, educational pathway for neonatal healthcare professionals

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education (FINE) is an innovative step-by-step pathway designed to enable neonatal professionals to put the theory and evidence behind infant and family-centred, developmentally supportive care into practice. It is an international, multi-disciplinary programme that makes quality … Continue reading

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