Bicentenary Meeting of the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn of the Royal Society of Medicine, Thursday 28 April 2005.

PRETERM BIRTH: A MEDICAL MIRACLE WITH AN EMOTIONAL COST?


Full report in two sections. Section 1.

MORNING SESSION: BEING BORN EARLY

Chair: Dr. Anita Holdcroft, Reader in anaesthesia, Imperial College, London.

Delivery issues surrounding preterm birth.
Stephen Burrell, Obstetrician, Luton & Dunstable Hospital.

Epidemiology of Prematurity and Pain in the Neonate.
Professor Neil Marlow, Consultant Neonatologist, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.

AND Professor Clea R Leone, Consultant Neonatologist, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Hospital Das Clinicas, Brazil.

Fathers' experiences following preterm birth.
Kevin Hugill, Lecturer-Practitioner Neonates, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Caring for neonates.
Professor Priscilla Alderson, Institute of Education, University of London, with Dr. Joanna Hawthorne, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.

Discussion.

Presidential address: Health Psychology and frontiers of neonatology.
Dr Elvidina N Adamson-Macedo, President of the Forum on Maternity and the Newborn.

AFTERNOON SESSION: CARING FOR THE EMOTIONS OF PRETERM BABIES, PARENTS AND CARE GIVERS.

Chair: Dr Maggie Redshaw, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit,Oxford.

My daughter was born early: reflections.
Charlotte Leung, Mother of a preterm baby.

Working with the emotions of mothers of preterm neonates.
Annette Mendelsohn, Psychotherapist, Royal Free Hospital, London.

The behaviour repertoire of preterm babies and its role in enriching parent-infant early relationships.
Dr Janet Constantinou, Development Specialist University of Stanford, California.

Building the confidence of parents as primary carers.
Shanit Marshall, Head of Information and Support, BLISS.

Discussion.


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