The child born prematurely requires special care. When all the vital functions of the child are stabilized in the Department of Intensive Care, we transfer the mother and her child to the Department of the Second Stage Nursing for Premature Children. We continue the intensive therapy and respiratory support in the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airways Pressure) mode here.
The purpose of creating this Department is as follows:
- treatment, diagnosis, screening of children born prematurely;
- reducing the level of disability of children born prematurely;
- teaching parents basic skills of caring for the child.
All beds of the Department are adapted to the stay of the mother with her child. This gives the mother the opportunity to be next to the child at all medical activities, take care, breastfeed, carry on her hands, apply peroral forms of treatment, and learn all the peculiarities of the childcare.
The Department is provided with the necessary equipment to give the high-level assistance. Wards are equipped with pulse oximeters to monitor the condition of children. The personnel of the Department have a unique experience in the rehabilitation of children, who were born prematurely, and constantly improve their knowledge in Ukraine and abroad.
We understand the importance of parental care because the presence of parents enhance the child’s health indicators. We also recognize the need to support mother since a lot depends on her health. Two qualified psychologists provide the psychological assistance to mothers who have children born prematurely. All the personnel is very responsive to patients and organizes special lectures, roundtables, and discussions for mothers, where they can learn about the specifics of childcare, especially breastfeeding, exchange experiences, share concerns and be heard. Moreover, they cooperate with the program of early intervention. The program is aimed at providing the family and the child with holistic, competent assistance as early as possible. In some cases, it is already required at the stage of pregnancy.
Our objective is to provide the highly qualified neonatology care to newborns and premature children born with low and extremely low weight. The Department widely uses one of the most effective methods of rehabilitation for children – kangaroo care (skin-to-skin contact).
All mothers also receive strong support with breastfeeding and consultations of leading experts on this issue. We adhere to the principles of the humanization of medical procedures for newborns and strive to minimize all medical interventions.
The Department has a special room for bathing and rehabilitation of children called Baby Spa, where a specialist in the physical development of children helps children not only restore and develop the healthy functioning but also encourages parents to master all the childcare skills. The room has facilities for swimming, vertical swimming, as well as the unique rehabilitation and therapy method of children – dry immersion method. The child is not in contact with water, which allows prolonging the procedure, but gives the feeling of weightlessness, relaxation, security, analogical to the fetal one.
In the Department, children receive consultations of the following specialists: pediatric surgeon, neurosurgeon, ophthalmologist, cardiologist, geneticist, neurologist, and others.
The Perinatal Center organizes a follow-up study room, where the advisory and diagnostic help is provided for children of early age with disorders of the perinatal period, as well as those children who were born prematurely. This supervision is important, as all little patients remain under careful and dynamic supervision and in contact with doctors for years, and this allows adjusting the rehabilitation methods of such children.