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Innovations to help families bond with their babies in neonatal intensive care

Initiatives to create bonding experiences between parents and preterm babies in neonatal intensive care are reducing stress.

Initiatives to create bonding experiences between parents and preterm babies in neonatal intensive care are reducing stress.

The UK figure for babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks), is about 60,000 per year, based on an estimate of 59,300 preterm births in 2010 (Blencowe et al 2012). The estimate comes from the World Health Organization (WHO). In England alone, births at 22 to 26 weeks increased from 40% to 53% between 1995 and 2006, with babies experiencing long-term complications including brain damage, eye disease and respiratory conditions (Costeloe et al 2012).

15 million

The number of babies born before 37 weeks worldwide

Preterm babies spend their first weeks in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) and mothers and babies are often separated. This separation can often

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