This year the World Prematurity Day, which falls on November 17 every year, takes place in a particular climate where the word DISTANCING unfortunately, is the master.
However, there are conditions under which this term cannot and should not be applied. As in the case of newborns and especially premature babies.
The three initiatives of the SIN
On the occasion of this anniversary, the Italian Society of Neonatology has promoted three very important initiatives:
- “Zero separation”: parents of premature babies are not visitors, but an integral part of the care. This campaign is promoted by the EFCNI European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants and supported by SIN and many other scientific societies and associations around the world.
- Too many differences in neonatal intensive care care, it is necessary unify the procedures. The translation of the EFCNI “Standards of Care” among the SIN projects on preterm births
- L’Italy all in purple for premature babies: a “virtual” solidarity embrace unites regions with a single color, on the occasion of World Prematurity Day. Illuminated monuments and hospitals and many initiatives from North to South
In the COVID19 era, premature births among positive mothers increase
In the world every year one in ten babies is born premature, for a total of about 15 million premature births every year. In Italy there are about 30,000 (7% of the total births). Recall that premature babies are babies who are born before the 37th week of pregnancy.
In the era of Sars-Cov-2 we have seen that it is practically the incidence rate of premature births among virus-positive women doubled. These data emerged from the Covid-19 National Register established by the Italian Society of Neonatology (data as of July 27, 2020).
Ensure closeness and relationship between parents and children
The premature infant needs more or less intensive care according to the degree of prematurity. Nowadays it is not only essential to guarantee fair treatment between the various areas of the country but also to protect the relationship of parents with the preterm baby.
As the President of the Italian Society of Neonatology (SIN), Fabio Mosca “Hospitalization in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) involves the risk of separation between the parent and the child, which has increased in the Covid-19 emergency, due to precautionary needs to contain the infection. We must support the so-called “Zero separation” as much as possible, that is, guaranteeing parent-newborn closeness, even in the difficult period we are experiencing.
SIN com the association Vivere Onlus Coordination of Parents’ Associations for months it has been working hard to ensure that neonatal intensive care is guaranteed 24 hours a day, allowing skin-to-skin contact between mom and dad with the baby. New rules have been specifically introduced so that everything runs safely.
More and more studies confirm the importance of skin-to-skin contact and document how early separation from the parent has negative effects in the short and long term.
President Moscow is very clear when he says that “To sustain the closeness of parents to the newborn means recognizing their role not as visitors, but as caring skills. With un early involvement of the family those emotional connections essential for the child’s neuro-cognitive development are strengthened and positive effects are determined on the outcome of neuro-behavioral health at a distance. The establishment of an early relational bond also favors the acceptance of the difficulties present in the hospitalized child and helps to create the basis for increasing confidence in their parenting skills.“. Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding are essential moments in promoting healthy development of the newborn. This is why every child has the right to always benefit from the presence of their parents ”.
Initiatives for World Prematurity Day
Every year, both internationally and in Italy, there are many awareness-raising initiatives, with the common thread of the color purple, synonymous with sensitivity and exceptionalism.
The Italian Society of Neonatology (SIN) with Vivere Onlus, Coordination of Parents’ Associations, has invited, as every year, the Mayors and municipal administrations from all over Italy to illuminate the most representative monuments in different cities with purple, the symbolic color of prematurity.
All initiatives will be supported and communicated through the SIN Facebook and Twitter page. The photos of the illuminated monuments and hospitals will be collected in a single celebratory video, a tangible sign of increasing awareness and sensitivity on the subject.
Press release SIN