MIDIRS is delighted to support the 5th annual World Prematurity Day 2016.
All around the world, organisations will be highlighting the day with various activities with the aim to raise awareness of premature babies and neonatal care.
World Prematurity Day is in its fifth year, in a bid to amplify the cause for high quality care for premature babies in neonatal intensive care.
It’s also an opportunity to campaign for more family-centred care at neonatal units following evidence that premature and sick babies’ health improves when parents contribute to their care.
A report by the charity Bliss revealed that just five out of 29 neonatal intensive care units have enough accommodation for parents and meet the national standards across England.
As part of the promotion of World Prematurity Day 2016, Bliss says: “For babies to have the best possible chance of survival and good long-term health, it is vital that parents are there to support their recovery and take the lead in their hospital care through activities such as skin to skin contact, breastfeeding and comfort holding.”
Bliss aims to focus on family-centred care for World Prematurity Day 2016.
Midwives can show their support by sharing their story on the Bliss’s story map, wearing a ribbon or donating to the charity’s World Prematurity Day Appeal.
Twitter users can also show their support by using the Twitter hashtag #WorldPrematurityDay
Bliss is currently producing more information to support the delivery of family-centred care in neonatal intensive care units and is campaigning for NHS Trusts to provide more overnight accommodation for parents.
World Prematurity Day 2016 will be held Thursday 17 November.
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