Tag Archives: families

Giving bad news as it happens

A new publication from my great group at Sainte Justine. Lizotte MH, et al. Techniques to Communicate Better With Parents During End-of-Life Scenarios in Neonatology. Pediatrics. 2020:e20191925. We have already published about what residents think about being part of a … Continue reading

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Should we try?

Arnolds M, et al. Worth a Try? Describing the Experiences of Families during the Course of Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit When the Prognosis is Poor. The Journal of pediatrics. 2018;196:116-22 e3. A few times a year many … Continue reading

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Guidelines to help parents who have lost one of twins

Many readers of this blog will recognize the name of Nick Embleton as someone who has done a great deal of nutrition research, and research into the intestinal microbiome of very preterm infants. He also has a major interest in … Continue reading

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Single Family Rooms in the NICU

We have just moved to a brand new NICU, with 80 beds, in 60 single family rooms, and 10 twin rooms. It is enormous, and beautiful, each room has a parent space with a smallish pull out bed (not enough … Continue reading

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Neonatal Sepsis after Chorioamnionitis, what to do about healthy appearing newborns

In 2007, when I was chair of the CPS Fetus and Newborn Committee, we published a guideline regarding the approach to term and late preterm infants with perinatal risk factors for sepsis. Obviously any infant with clinical signs consistent with … Continue reading

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Antenatal Consultations before very preterm birth; what do parents want?

Gaucher N, et al. Personalized Antenatal Consultations for Preterm Labor: Responding to Mothers’ Expectations. The Journal of pediatrics. 2016. Call me biased, but I think is a game-changer. (One of the authors is my wife and colleague, another is a … Continue reading

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Making Good Decisions; part 2

Green J, et al. Quality versus quantity: The complexities of quality of life determinations for neonatal nurses. Nurs Ethics. 2016. This study used a mixture of quantitative (survey of over 400 nurses) and qualitative (interviews with 24 nurses) methods. The … Continue reading

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Death of a twin

Twins are much more likely to end up in the care of the NICU than singletons, and much more likely to be extremely preterm, and as a result the phenomenon of having one of twins die, while the other remains … Continue reading

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Are we family centered? Families don’t think so!

Finlayson K, et al. Mothers’ perceptions of family centred care in neonatal intensive care units. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2014;5(3):119-24. This qualitative study interviewed mothers who had babies in one of three NICUs in the UK which claim to practice family-centered care. As … Continue reading

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Before 24

The latest New England Journal of Medicine has a fascinating article the first author of which was a medical student who was working with Ed Bell in Iowa (I say was a medical student as I believe he has now … Continue reading

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