Family care speeds babies recovery
Premature babies treated in family wards with their parents constantly present make a speedier recovery and have less need for a respirator, according to a new Swedish study. The hospital stay can be shortened by an average of five days or even up to ten days for the smallest new born babies. The study, carried out at the maternity wards of Söder and Danderyd hospitals in Stockholm, found that the earlier a child is born the more they benefit from having their parents with them around the clock.
"The parents can protect the baby from stress factors such as sound and light," Annica Örtenstand told TT news agency.
While family maternity wards are relatively uncommon in Sweden most hospitals allow parents to stay for a a few nights and certain hospitals offer full board to parents who wish to stay with their baby until they are ready well enough to leave.