“Through COVID-19 times, we know that many women were unnecessarily separated from their babies, which could be catastrophic for the health of babies born early or small,” Edmond began.
“These new guidelines stress the need to provide care for families and preterm babies together as a unit and ensure parents get the best possible support through what is often a uniquely stressful and anxious time.”
In addition to skin-to-skin contact, the new WHO guidelines also provide recommendations on how financial, emotional, and workplace support can be ensured for families of preterm and small babies– who are often faced with extreme emotional stress and financial hardship.
To read the complete list of recommendations, you can visit the new guidelines linked here.
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