|Prematurity Awareness Month|
November is Prematurity Awareness Month!
It is the time to take action to raise awareness! AWHONN has resources for clinicians and for parents below. Make sure to share and check back on November 17th for specific ways you can share #WorldPrematurityDay! Together we will make a difference!
Having your new baby spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) can be extremely stressful for both you and your baby. The bright lights, the random nature of nonhuman sounds such as beeps or monitors, and medical procedures can all create an uneasy or stressful environment. There are several things you can do as parents to help reduce NICU environmental stressors, focusing on Auditory, Tactile, Visual, and Vestibular Intervention. Director of Nursing Research at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Rosemary C. White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN shares what both parents and nurses can do to help.
Breastfeeding isn’t just for healthy term newborns. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the many therapeutic benefits of breast milk feeding for preterm and ill newborns. AWHONN’s updated Breastfeeding Support Evidence-Based Guideline, provides a dedicated and significantly expanded section with recommendations targeting breastfeeding promotion and support for mothers of preterm and vulnerable newborns. Nurses, lactation specialists, physicians, and other health care professionals will find the latest recommendations and supporting evidence for this special patient population based on Spatz' 10 Steps for Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Vulnerable Infants.
Improve Your Neonatal Outcomes with AWHONN's Neonatal Orientation and Education Program (NOEP). NOEP is a comprehensive, educational program that can assist your facility in improving patient safety and reducing errors. It provides current, evidence-based education and orientation to your neonatal nursing staff. NOEP’s 14 CD-based modules focus on the essentials necessary for all NICU nurses. Modules combine video, animation, case scenarios and competence assessment tools that ensure nurses gain key knowledge and skills.
Approximately 10-15% of all newborns spend time in a neonatal intensive care unit or special care nursery. High-risk newborns require extra monitoring and care to prevent skin breakdown and to treat various skin conditions. Much of what used to be accepted practice in the care of neonatal skin we now know to be outdated. This guideline is targeted to obstetric and neonatal nurses caring for newborns in any patient setting. This edition is updated to include current research regarding term, late preterm, and preterm newborn skin care.
Improve outcomes for Early Term Infants with AWHONN's The Assessment and Care of the Late Preterm Infant Implementation Toolkit. Tailored to help you save time, administrative and clinical costs, improve patient outcomes, decrease readmission rates, and reduce risk associated with late preterm birth.
Approximately one in four U.S. births is induced. On #WorldPrematurityDay, remember that babies need a full 40 weeks of pregnancy to grow and develop. Inducing labor is associated with increased risks including prematurity, cesarean surgery, hemorrhage and infection. AWHONN recommends reducing preventable harm to moms and babies by eliminating overuse of labor induction when there is no medical indication. Nobody likes to be rushed - especially babies.