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Oral Feeding in Preterm Infants: A Conceptual Model for Health Care Practitioners

Oral feeding competence is a critical milestone needed for proper growth and development in preterm infants. Commonly, the oral feeding process is conceptualized as an infant’s ability to coordinate suck–swallow–breathe. However, oral feeding is a highly complex multisystem process. In … Continue reading

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Intensity of perinatal care for extremely preterm babies and outcomes at a higher gestational age: evidence from the EPIPAGE-2 cohort study

Perinatal decision-making affects outcomes for extremely preterm babies (22–26 weeks’ gestational age (GA)): more active units have improved survival without increased morbidity. The authors hypothesised such units may gain skills and expertise meaning babies at higher gestational ages have better … Continue reading

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Neonatal outcomes in preterm multiples receiving delayed cord clamping

The aim of this study is to compare neonatal outcomes in singletons versus multiples, first-born versus second-born multiples and monochorionic versus dichorionic/trichorionic multiples <33 weeks’ gestational age (GA) who received delayed cord clamping (DCC). Available in BMJ ADC Fetal & … Continue reading

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What Are the Effects of the Maternal Voice on Preterm Infants in the NICU?

Premature infants often experience extended stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as opposed to home with parents. This prolonged separation creates a strain for both parents and infants, decreasing attachment and parental caregiving. One strategy to combat this … Continue reading

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Golden Hour Protocol for Preterm Infants A Quality Improvement Project

Preterm infants are a vulnerable patient population, especially during the first hours of life. Hypothermia, hypoglycemia, and early-onset sepsis are common problems related to prematurity. Implementation of a Golden Hour protocol has been shown to improve outcomes for preterm infants. This study evaluates the effectiveness … Continue reading

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Maternally-administered massage and weight gain in preterm and low birthweight infants: a systematic review

Early tactile experiences have long-term effects on preterm infants’ sensory performance. Weight gain is key to infant development; while research confirms that massage impacts positively on weight gain in this population, most of the literature focuses on massage administered by … Continue reading

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Estimating length of stay for very preterm babies

Estimating neonatal length of stay has received limited attention in the past. Anecdotally parents are told that their baby will be discharged home ‘around their due date’ but there is no evidence to suggest this is an accurate estimate. This … Continue reading

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