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Prematurity Awareness Month
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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!


For Nurses

Ways to reduce environmental stressors in the NICU

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 EBG

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. 


Neonatal Skin Care

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.


Assessment & Care-Late Preterm Infant Implementation Toolkit

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. 



For Parents


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


For All

Why every baby deserves optimal care in the NICU   

Premature babies depend on us as nurses and parents to be their advocates, their protectors, and most importantly their voices.  Their development in the NICU should mimic as closely as possible the uterine environment.  As new parents of NICU babies, it is often hard to understand this concept, and that is when the NICU nurse is your best resource for education about your new baby. Read one nurses story about her experience with her twin daughters in her NICU and her hopes that all of our most vulnerable infants get to experience the same type of care.


LARC Resources

Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) has gained popularity in the last decade as a safe and effective contraceptive choice.  LARC includes intrauterine devices and the contraceptive implant. AWHONN supports the availability of LARC as a first-line, contraceptive option. Our resources are intended to provide clinical guidance, patient education information, and more.


Advance Knowledge about Prescription Drugs
Nearly all women in the U.S. take medication or receive a vaccine during pregnancy.  Yet not enough is known about the effects of most drugs on a woman or her pregnancy. Contact your Representative TODAY to ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 5219, the Safe Medications for Moms & Babies Act. This important bill would create a task force at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address medications in pregnancy.


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