We are pleased to announce that Lauren has completed a Level 3 Certificate in Peer Support to extend the informal support we currently provide via our Facebook groups.
Peer support benefits
- Realise you are not alone
- Express feelings and share thoughts
- Learn helpful information
- Provides connection with others
This support can include;
- Emotional support
- Sharing experiences
- Goal setting
- Support with locating resources
Support can be provided one to one or group basis at regular intervals.
Peer support is not a substitute for professional assistance and sign posting will be provided where appropriate.
The Neonatal Warriors Blog
We have stumbled across this Blog created by Kathryn who is a lone twin and ex-preemie. She has posts about a wide variety of topics and has embedded a link to our website!
You can read their posts here.
Neonatal Update 2021
On the 30th of November Lauren and I were invited to speak on a panel for the 2021 Neonatal Update. Professor Neena Modi and Professor Michelle Kelly joined us to discuss the lifelong impact of premature birth prompted by the recent paper Michelle worked on “Recommendations to optimize life-long health and wellbeing for people born preterm”.
In the paper they reviewed the available literature which demonstrated that there are long-term effects of premature birth that can have an impact on the health and quality of life for those born preterm. Michelle describes that the goal of the paper is to encourage awareness among adult healthcare professionals of the importance of acknowledging and acting upon the risks associated with preemies past medical history. Read the full paper here.
During the live recordings for the Neonatal update, we were able to discuss this topic as a group and answer questions submitted by the professionals watching. There was lots of engagement and interesting questions! Watch the live recording below.
The themes included long term follow up, advocacy, mental health and the need to educate medical professionals about the risks and challenges we face.
Lauren and I remain in contact with Neena and Michelle, and also the patient involvement leads from Imperial College in London to take the next steps with all of the ideas and encouragement from the live sessions.
Risks identified within the paper
Preterm birth history increases an individual’s risk for:
1. Impaired school performance related to math, spelling, reading, receptive language, and decreased executive function (cognitive flexibility, working memory, and verbal fluency).
2. Behavioral and mental health concerns including depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
3. Cardiovascular disease, specifically hypertension, which poses an increased risk for females.
4. Pulmonary disease, specifically wheezing, asthma, and reduced lung capacity. This risk exists even for those without a history of BPD is a chronic condition which results from damage to an infants lungs, usually caused by mechanical ventilation and long-term use of oxygen. Over inflation of the alveoli can lead to inflammation causing damage to the tissues of the airway, the alveoli sacs and the surrounding blood vessels. Symptoms can include laboured breathing, prolonged need for oxygen, more lung infections, and feeding difficulties. More.
5. Motor delay, visuomotor integration disorders, and coordination impairment