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Neonatal specialist care

As a result of increasing rates of fertility and availability of assisted conception, increasing numbers of babies require specialist neonatal care each year. In England, (2007-8) one in ten babies born alive received specialist neonatal care. In particular, babies born pre-term require highly specialised care in units where multidisciplinary teams can ensure they receive the best possible, technologically advanced care, and that the needs of their families are also met. Parents of babies receiving specialist neonatal care should be encouraged to be involved in planning and providing care for their baby, and regular communication with clinical staff should occur throughout. Mothers should be supported to start and continue breastfeeding, including being supported to express milk.

Further reading

NICE (2010) Quality standard 4. Neonatal specialist care.

BLISS. About neonatal care.


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