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Optimising Perinatal Transition & Family Integrated Care in the Delivery Room: Evidence & Practicalities in Preterm Infants

A baby’s first moments after birth are critical – for baby and family alike. Infants who are born extremely preterm require specialised care to optimise their transition from womb to resuscitaire, and from incubator to parental embrace.

We are increasingly understanding the medical needs of infants born early, but must take strides to include parents at each step. Early newborn care, even within the delivery room, can be enhanced to facilitate parental-bonding and attachment, and empower parents at the start of their journey as their baby’s primary care-givers.

The benefits of parent-infant contact for preterm babies, frequently practiced as Kangaroo Care, are well established. However, the dedicated and complex intensive care needs of the infant, and the delivery room environment supporting them, form understandable barriers to parental involvement.

Can the principles underpinning Family Integrated Care be congruent with intensive life-sustaining support in the delivery room? Could delivery-room strategies, focused on optimal perinatal systems transition be maintained or even enhanced by offering baby and parent alike their first embrace – their first cuddle, before embarking together on their onward journey through neonatal intensive care?


What you will learn...

In our webinar we’ll explore the evidence and practicalities of early newborn care – focusing on the needs of the extremely preterm infant. Optimising transition from the uterine to ex-utero environment requires both proactive and responsive strategies; whilst focus is understandably on neonatal resuscitation, we’ll consider how best practice medical support and intensive care can be maintained within a parental embrace.

Key considerations of this webinar will include:

  • First hour priorities – A systems approach with underpinning evidence
  • Parent-Infant contact – Supporting delivery room cuddles with ongoing intensive care
  • Safeguards and practical tips for implementation
  • Parent feedback

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First option: January 25th, 9 a.m. (GMT)
Second option: January 26th, 4 p.m. (GMT) 

Not able to join our live session? Register anyway! We’ll share the recording with you after the live session.

First option: January 25th, 9 a.m. (GMT)

Second option: January 26th, 4 p.m. (GMT)

About the Speaker


Dr. Paul Cawley

Dr. Paul Cawley is a paediatrician and neonatologist at The Evelina London Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in St Thomas’ Hospital. He has clinical interest in optimisation of early newborn care, thermoregulation and Family Integrated Care. He is co-author for publications exploring parental integration and communication, pandemic visiting restrictions and delivery room cuddles for extremely preterm infants. He also co-produced the comprehensive First Hour of Care Neonatal Manual, for the East of England neonatal network.

Dr. Cawley is also Clinical Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Centre for the Developing Brain, King’s College London. Where he is developing and investigating novel high-access low-cost non-ionising imaging techniques for perinatal brain development, and neonatal brain injury.