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New research: Keeping mothers and babies TOGETHER after birth could save more than 125,000 lives.​

New research on the life-saving power of skin-to-skin! Among infants born preterm or at low birthweight, previous research has shown that kangaroo mother care (KMC) reduces infant deaths by as much as 40%, hypothermia by more than 70%, and severe infections by 65%. Kangaroo care is a...

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New research: In a global survey, over 85% of neonatal healthcare providers feared for their own health due to COVID-19.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted health systems worldwide. It has also taken a heavy toll on the health and wellbeing of maternity health professionals around the world. In a global survey of 1120 neonatal healthcare providers, more than 85% of health personnel feared for their own health...

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New research: If all low-risk Australian women had home births in 2017, C-section rate would have reduced from 13.4% to 2.7%

Wow. Amazing results of a new study looking at predicted hospital resource savings that could have occured if all low-risk women in Australia gave birth at home or in birth centers in 2017. Study: The study by Callander EJ et al. (Feb 12, 2021) looked at an administrative data set...

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New research: Doulas can help parents meet their breastfeeding goals

New research combines two of my passions: doulas and breastfeeding! Doulas provide practical and emotional support during birth and the postpartum period, and previous research has shown that having a doula can improve birth outcomes. Now a new study from the University of Pennsylvania...

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New research: The smell of breast milk reduces how newborns perceive and react to acute pain

Wow. The smell of of breast milk can have a powerful calming effect on a newborn undergoing a painful procedure. A common, quick but painful procedure soon after birth is heel-prick blood sampling. But could the smell of breast milk or formula milk affect the acute pain felt by the...

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New research: Singing to a preterm baby whilst holding them skin-to-skin reduces the mother's anxiety

I love this research. Makes my own heart sing! A new "Singing Kangaroo" small study by Kostilainen K. et al., (2020) looked at the impact of 24 mothers who sang or hummed to their preterm infants whilst held skin-to-skin. The research found this can reduce the mother's anxiety, relax the...

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Human milk research: Interdisciplinary perspectives and priorities

Breastfeeding is critically important to maternal, infant and population health.... YES YES YES! Some of the world's the top human milk researchers recently came together to create an action plan to maximise the impact of human milk research. This is a great paper summarising the action...

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