Supporting babies who are born premature event


Supporting babies who are born premature eventThe Western Trust marked Infant Mental Health Week, (10th June – 15th June 2019), with an event called, “Supporting babies who are born premature”. The event in the MDEC on Monday 10th June was aimed at Trust staff working with pre-term babies and their families in the Western Trust area.

Ann McDuff, the Western Trust’s Chair of The Best Start in Life Steering group and Assistant Director in the Women and Children’s Directorate said: “When a baby is born early and spends time in the neonatal ward there are many interventions and specialist support provided to those babies to give them the best start in life. This event is a useful way to network and share good practice between Directorates to ensure neonatal babies and their families are supported and nurtured in our hospital settings and in the community."

Sheena Funston, Acting Head of Health Improvement, Equality and Involvement Department said, “When a baby begins life in the neo-natal intensive care unit, this can be very worrying time for parents. However, there is evidence that clearly indicates a parent can support their baby’s development, even at this very difficult time by their presence and loving connection that is so important to strengthen their bond which will support the infant’s development.”