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This is a 'Guest Post' from our colleagues at CIHR's Institute of Human Development Child and Youth Health. Many of you may recall Dr. Shoo Lee's presentation at the 2011 CAPHC Annual Conference in Ottawa. The following article from Rhiannon Renaud is a report of some of the ongoing work that was discussed during his presentation.
Study finds that when parents of preterm babies provide care of their newborn during the hospital stay - babies benefit greatly
In the modern neonatal intensive care unit, the infant is separated from its parents, which may interfere with the normal development of parent-infant interactions. This model of care is based on the idea that only health care professionals with special skills can care for the infant. In response to this, programs such kangaroo care and skin to skin care have been developed. However, researchers wanted to see if greater integration of parents in the care of their babies would be beneficial.