Across Canada families have experienced the heartache of being separated from their babies amid the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down restrictions.
Sadly, this painful experience is a common reality in hospitals around the world where parents of sick or premature babies are not fully integrated in the care of their infants. In Canada, parents usually have 24/7 access to their baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Nursery. During COVID-19 some units introduced a limit of only one parent at a time or limited the hours parents could be present in the NICU.
CALL TO ACTION
CPBF in collaboration with the International Family Integrated Care (FICare) committee released a position statement on Parental presence in Neonatal Units during SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic in 2020. Click here to read the full statement.
The most recently publication, March 2021, reviews the evidence on safety of maintaining family integrated care practices and the effects of restricting parental participation in neonatal care during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Click here.
We have also collaborated with the Global Alliance for Newborn Care (the global initiative of EFCNI), have launched the Zero Separation global campaign to keep preterm and sick babies close to their parents. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness for the benefits of zero separation of preterm and sick babies and their parents in the NICU whether they’re in a pandemic or not.
To find out more about the 'Zero separation. Together for better care!' campaign in more than 20 languages,
In February 2021, our executive director Fabiana Bacchini spoke at the EPIQ conference about the situation and how the restrictions are impacting families in Canada.