Infant Bulletin
Monthly news for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionalsFriday, 21 December 2018

Welcome to Infant's monthly email bulletin, in which we report the current news about neonatal units, developments in neonatal care, innovative products and latest research for healthcare professionals caring for premature babies and sick infants up to one year old.

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December 21, 2018

Child Bereavement UK hosts bereavement support conference

A sell-out conference organised by Child Bereavement UK and supported by Slater and Gordon was attended by 250 professionals from a range of disciplines, from teachers and nurses through to faith leaders and social workers. Delegates from across the UK went to Manchester on 15 November to attend the conference focusing on diversity and inclusion in bereavement support.

The conference was opened by Julia Samuel, Founder Patron of Child Bereavement UK and author of Grief Works. Julia commented that, although many people are profoundly uncomfortable around issues of diversity and difference, grief and bereavement are universal experiences. She encouraged delegates to take time to bridge the gap of difference by listening to bereaved people and asking them what they need.

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December 21, 2018

Countess of Chester Hospital baby unit plans approved

Plans to build a new neonatal unit at a hospital in Chester have been approved following a second application.

The plans were originally blocked when Cheshire West and Chester Council refused to pass the application because it felt it was "overbearing" and would lead to a "loss of outlook" for residents of a nearby estate.

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December 21, 2018

Best Beginnings celebrates Baby Buddy's fourth birthday with new website and crisis messenger

Best Beginnings' Baby Buddy app launched in November 2014 and it has celebrated its fourth birthday with the launch of a new-look website.

The charity has also launched Baby Buddy Crisis Messenger, which is available in the Baby Buddy app and accessible on the website, powered by Crisis Text Line and Shout.

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December 21, 2018

Brighter Futures gives its incubator appeal a 'big push' ahead of Christmas

Brighter Futures, the charitable fund board for Great Western Hospital, Swindon, has raised over £15,000 in seven days in a push to hit the target for its Incubator Appeal in time for Christmas. The match-funding Big Give Christmas Challenge matched all donations made by 4 December, doubling the amount of cash given.

The appeal had already reached £147,000 of its £175,000 target and it is hoped that the total will be reached by Christmas. Funds will be used to buy five Draeger Babyleo neonatal incubators.

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December 21, 2018

The Sun launches a Christmas appeal to raise money for Bliss

The Sun newspaper's Light Up Christmas appeal launched on Saturday, 24 November with stories about Charlotte, Rosie, Ruby, Aria, Nylah and Grayson; six babies who spent their first-ever Christmas on the neonatal unit.

Funds raised in this Christmas appeal will help Bliss achieve its ambition of reaching every baby born premature or sick and their families with its information and support services.

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December 21, 2018

Pupils make donations to Ninewells hospital

With the desire to give back and spread some joy, the pupils of SS Peter and Paul Primary School visited the NICU and the paediatrics department at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, on 28 November, loaded down with gifts.

Ava Jowett, Caitlin McKeith and Kyhran Gray visited the two wards with their deputy head teacher Laura McKenzie to hand over gifts. The three pupils are members of Rota Kids, Rotary's organisation for children.

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December 21, 2018

Mersey's song in memory of stillborn sister raises funds for Sands

Mersey Moore, age 13, from Weymouth in Dorset, has co-written and recorded a song in memory of her sister Ferrie who was stillborn in 2003.

It was Mersey's idea to produce a song for her sister and she wrote the lyrics and music, with help from David Payne who was her teacher at her previous school.

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December 21, 2018

NHS staff praise maternity programme

A pioneering programme to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal admissions and deaths resulting from multiple pregnancies is being praised by midwives, obstetricians and sonographers at maternity units across England.

The Maternity Engagement Programme, run by national charity Tamba (the Twins and Multiple Births Association), ensures mums expecting twins, triplets or more, are treated in line with NICE multiple pregnancy guidelines, as it is proven this can save lives.

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December 21, 2018

Bliss and Sands urge NHS to improve neonatal bereavement care

Charities Bliss and Sands are calling for consistent, well-funded bereavement care across the whole of the UK after a report published by the charities found that NHS bereavement care for parents whose baby dies shortly after they are born is worryingly inconsistent and under-resourced.

The joint Audit of Bereavement Care Provision in UK Neonatal Units (2018) reveals that most services lack sufficient specialist staffing input and appropriate facilities to support grieving families. It finds that despite instances of good practice by individual nurses and doctors across the country, many services are not set up to deliver consistent high quality bereavement care and health professionals are not getting the training and support they need to perform this vital role.

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December 21, 2018

EFCNI launch newborn health standards

The European Standards of Care for Newborn Health were launched at an event in the European Parliament on 28 November. They provide practical recommendations for the care provided for preterm and ill babies and they have been published in an editorial by The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Addressing various aspects of care from the time of birth until school age, the standards are the first of their kind and give practical guidance for optimal medical care of preterm and ill babies.

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Articles in the November 2018 issue, available now, include:

  • Surfactant therapy – past, present and future
  • Cutting tongue ties may not help infants to breastfeed
  • Term admissions for hypoglycaemia: what have the BAPM recommendations changed?
  • Can we improve the success rate of neonatal lumbar punctures?
  • The National Neonatal Audit Programme report
  • MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report

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Topics planned for the January 2019 issue include:

  • SIGNEC sixth international conference
  • Knowledge of and compliance with SIDS prevention strategies
  • Antenatal and perinatal palliative care
  • A nurturing programme on the neonatal surgical ward
  • Keeping mothers and babies together: a simplified pathway for at-risk infants
  • Special report: the NMPA
  • A sibling support service to facilitate family-integrated care

Conference planner

January 26, 2019 Stabilisation and Transfer of the Acutely Unwell Neonate
January 30, 2019 Midlands and East Perinatal Conference
February 1, 2019 Neo-Obs Labour Ward Study Day
February 4, 2019 Saving Babies Lives: Reducing Still Birth
February 5, 2019 NeoSAVE
February 5, 2019 Child Bereavement UK Ninth Annual Neonatal Palliative and End-of-Life Care Conference
February 5, 2019 Planning and Preparing for Neonatal Discharge
February 13, 2019 LISA Workshop
February 20, 2019 Helping Babies Breathe
February 20, 2019 Transforming Loss in Scotland

See the full calendar of events on our web site.