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Volume 15/Issue 2, March 2019

Delivery room cuddles for preterm babies: should we be doing more?

Bates S, Edwards L, Peters C, Morrish P, Ashton K, Nicholas H, Sullivan C


Early delivery room contact between a preterm baby and a parent is now offered more frequently in units across the UK but it is yet to be accepted as standard care. This article presents data from the neonatal unit at Great Western Hospital in Swindon regarding time to first parental contact, a suggested standard operating procedure for facilitating a delivery room cuddle and four case studies written by parents about their first contact with their preterm babies.

Bates S, Edwards L, Peters C, Morrish P, Ashton K, Nicholas H, Sullivan C. Delivery room cuddles for preterm babies: should we be doing more? Infant 2019;15(2): 52-56.
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