Baby charity Tommy’s launches free My Premature Baby App to support parents of babies born too soon.
My Olivia was not premature but i will always do all i can to help spread awareness and of course display amazing new pieces of technology. So on request from the team at Tommy Baby heres some updated news that they would like to share with you!
Prematurity – the facts
Premature birth, or pre-term birth, is defined as being born before 37 weeks gestation.
1 in every 13 babies are born prematurely in the UK each year – around 60,000 births – and they need monitoring and support for days, weeks and even months.
Premature babies haven’t finished growing and the earlier they are born, the more likely they are to experience health issues such as chronic lung disease or bowel problems, and to struggle with feeding and keeping warm.
The earliest and smallest babies can weigh just 500g, or 1lb
For babies born at 26 weeks and under, the average stay in hospital is 111 days, nearly 16 weeks
More than half of twin pregnancies, and almost all triplets, are born prematurely. The average length of pregnancy for a woman expecting triplets is 34 weeks
The numbers of premature births in the UK are increasing. Possible factors are women having babies later in life, and higher numbers of multiple pregnancies caused by fertility treatments
Full information about prematurity found in the App or on Tommy’s website http://www.tommys.org/page.aspx?pid=959
The Tommy’s My Premature Baby App has been designed in consultation with mums and dads of premature babies.
It includes the following features:
A diary feature, allowing parents to record their baby’s progress, significant milestones such
as coming off breathing support, and their own thoughts and feelings. Users will also be able to search for other people’s prematurity diaries on the App (depending on permissions)
The ability to plot weight and height on development charts customised for premature babies.
The ability to record times, amounts and types of feeding and set alarms for breast feeding or expressing.
A sharing function, so that baby’s pictures and progress can be shared easily with loved ones or shared more widely via Facebook.
A Finding Friends feature. Mums and dads can enter their own postcode and contact other local parents by email who have been through the prematurity journey.
Having a premature baby – The experience
For parents, having a baby early is a nerve-wracking experience leaving them full of questions about their baby’s health, care and progress.
A new survey from Tommy’s has revealed that only 1 in 3 parents of premature babies felt excited about telling loved ones their baby had arrived, and 1 in 5 were so worried they didn’t want to tell anyone at all.
Parents of premature babies were also reluctant to share the news on social media – 7 in 10 parents of babies born at full term made an announcement on Facebook within 48 hours, in comparison to 4 in 10 mums and dads with babies born prematurely.
Tommy’s Midwifery Manager Emma-Lees Lang said:
“Nothing can prepare parents for their baby arriving too soon and the early days can be an emotional roller-coaster of learning, questioning and weathering the ups and downs of their baby’s progress.
“Premature babies can need a lot of care, testing and monitoring and all the different equipment, charts and information can be a lot for mums and dads to take in. We created the My Premature Baby App so that parents can quickly search for expert information at any time of day and night, keep track of their baby’s development and care needs, and share their baby’s journey with wider family and friends – all without leaving their babies’ side.”
Access the information and free app here