Special care for premature babies and their families

Dr Jean DuPlessis gave an interesting insight into the development of care of premature babies.

Dr Jean DuPlessis gave an interesting insight into the development of care of premature babies.

The Raphael Centre held a very informative and well attended seminar for health professionals about caring for premature babies and their families at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Clinical Service Coordinator Hanne Jepsen said the seminar provided the opportunity for practitioners, including psychologists, nurses, obstetricians, midwives, child health nurses, psychiatrists, and physiotherapists, to come together and share their expertise.

“Parents are often unprepared when their babies are born prematurely,” said Ms Jepsen.

“There are always new developments in the field so we were able to exchange expertise about how best to care for these babies and their families.”

Speakers at the seminar were Dr Jean DuPlessis, Head of Neonatology at Fiona Stanley Hospital, two neonatal midwives from St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s St Mary’s ward, Alison MacLean and Becca Garbutt, Dr Beate Harrison from the Raphael Centre and Angela Powrie, Coordinator of NutureGroup who experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a parent of a premature baby.

 

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