Breastfeeding mothers offered £200 in shop vouchers

By PJ on 12 November 2013 at 7:11am

With thanks to Unicef for the image of premature baby breastfeeding

Would vouchers persuade you to breastfeed?

Is it ok to pay people to be healthy?               

New mums are being offered vouchers to...

The footprint that can change lives

By PJ on 9 November 2013 at 10:06pm

A great article on the BBC website today underscores, again, that sometimes a simple idea is the best one.

Some researchers have come up with a easy way of determining if a baby is too small or premature (or both, often) simply be reference to footsize.  In many developing countries there is no ready access to scans, dates, even scales. A simple foot...

Are we ready for designer babies?

By PJ on 5 October 2013 at 7:15am

with thanks to for the photo

Do we want to be know what traits our children will inherit?

A US patent for a database that uses DNA testing to tell prospective parents which traits their future offspring may inherit has been at the brunt of some serious criticism.

The company, Mountain View, in California have...

Canadian researchers develop model for assessing premature babies' risk of complications

Doctors may be able to look at a few simple factors to better predict how very premature babies will fare in the short term, a new study from Canada suggests.

Traditionally doctors looking after extremely premature babies have focused on estimating the newborn...

Having a baby in a sauna

By PJ on 1 October 2013 at 3:22pm


99% of people in Finland have sauna at least once a week. Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that in 19th century, right through to the early 1940’s, the sauna was the place where life began in most Finnish homes.

What at first seems completely odd and ever so slightly bonkers does acutally make sense on analysis;  the little room...

'Sugar gel' helps premature babies

By PJ on 25 September 2013 at 8:50pm

With thanks to the bbc for photo

Sometimes the simplest fix is the best one.It sounds like something out of Mary Poppins but this particular “spoonful  of sugar” might be life saving!

Each year more than15 million babies across the world are born too soon.

Researchers whose work has been published in The Lancet...

New research into cause of miscarriage

By PJ on 12 September 2013 at 1:27pm

With thanks to the Atlanta Birth Centre for the image of this sculpture (we would love to attribute the artist so if you know who thi sis please let us know)

It is a scary statistic to grapple with but more than 1 in 7 pregnancies end in miscarriage.  Miscarriage is heartbreaking and the relentless repeated miscarriage, if possible, even more so.


Premature baby found abandoned in rubbish bin

By PJ on 2 September 2013 at 7:33am

On Saturday a group of teens in New Jersey, USA, made a lifesaving discovery: a premature newborn premature baby, born 11 weeks early, was found inside a plastic carrier bag, dumped in a bin at the back of a building.

Keyshuan Wiggins aged 15, said they found the baby in a building's courtyard.

"We heard something crying in the bag, we thought it...

Lisette is the one in the middle

It is not enough for midwife, Lisette Harris to support and help women during birth in her daily work as a midwife at Basildon Hospital.

Lisette is going one step fact a great deal more than one step further as she is walking 50 kms, one for each of her 50 years, along the path of the Thames...

It is not enough for midwife, Lisette Harris to support and help women during birth in her daily work as a midwife at Basildon Hospital.

Lisette is going one step fact a great deal more than one step further as she is walking 50 kms, one for each of her 50 years, along the path of the Thames to raise money for the neonatal unit in Basildon...

The image shows what anaemia does to the red blood cell count (wonderfully!)

When will we get to grips with the ethics around studies involving premature babies?

A piece of research in the USA, a government supported study into blood transfusion levels in premature infants has caused some concern. The National Institute of Health has...

With thanks to the BBC for this photo

A new piece of research in USA merely confirms what most parents of premature babies know only too well! Having a premature baby is incredibly stressful and the stress does not go away when the move from being a baby into childhood.

American researchers from The State University of New York at Stony Brook, have found...


It is sobering to read but we need to be reminded that the issue of premature birth and its complications is a growing problem and one that requires research, funding and resourcing in terms of provision of services. 

• Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is...


On Thursday In Nigeria 15 premature babies who had been receiving intensive and high dependency care in incubators were abandoned and later discharged from the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi without prior  notice, following the nationwide strike embarked upon by the  Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU).

The various health unions in Benue...


The 3 dynamic women behind a literacy not-for-profit, Story Storks, believe it's never too early to introduce babies to books.

These amazing women lead a group of volunteers who read to and cuddle premature babies at Cooper University Hospital, in USA.

A retired Westville elementary schoolteacher, Hicks, 55, is president of Story Storks...

With thanks to Lee Mulholland for the photo

A brand new glass baby (that we think at pj is probably a premature baby!) has been reborn. The person who produced this very special baby and important baby is Southampton glassblower, Lee Mulholland.

A unique piece of glassware used for scientific demonstrations has been replaced thanks to the...

When you read this heading, as a parent of a premature baby, the immediate thought is “not more bad new, please!”

This is, however, good news as early intervention is the name of the game.

Researchers at the University of California have received a five-year, $3 million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human...

Creating waves for Tommy's

By Helene on 6 August 2013 at 10:32pm

Babies and toddlers took to the water to make waves with their mums and dads to raise cash and awareness for baby charity Tommy’s.

Local pools were awash in East Sussex with local toddler and baby swimmers joining forces with parents in Splashathons.

Kelly Lockwood, who runs Local Water Babies classes in the area, worked  through June and July...

A heady truimph today for people power (and yes, reader it did rain when we the words of Max Boyce "I know because I was there!"

Mr Justice Silber's judgement was greeted with cheers...

Image from the Ahlbergs amazing book "Starting School" -a great read for parents and children alike with wonderful images

Oh the joy of reporting on some good news for parents of premature babies-thank you Bliss!

At long last the Government is asking local authorities to consider the school entry age of premature and summer-born...


A super £5.5m state-of-the-art extension to the neonatal unit at the at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford opened this week.

The unit will care for the premature babies and sickest babies from around Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley at the hospital in Headington.

The work to create the new unit started in May 2012 and now means that...

Fab photo of gold medal cyclist Laura Trott who was a premature baby and is asthmatic

Asthma UK has issued a timely warning to parents of children with asthma.

Children with asthma are at increased risk of attacks when they go back to school in September because of poor care over the summer.

In 2011 18 children undr the age of 14 dying of asthma...

What's in a baby's cry?

By Helene on 13 July 2013 at 8:18am

As a parent have you ever thought your baby's cry sounds "different" or "just not right"  Researchers now believe that a baby's cry might hold some secrets and could be a window to his or her brain.

Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital in USA have developed a new tool that analyses the cries of babies...

With thanks to the National Insitute of Health, National Eye Institute for photo of baby having eye  examination for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)

A senior doctor has published a call in the BMJ for an investigation into whether parents of premature babies were fully informed of the risks of a study on the health effects of...

With thanks to for the photo

If you do nothing else in terms of flitting around and idling online today (oh the illicit joy of it!) click on this. It is an amazing poem delivered by the writer on breastfeeding in public.  Just love it.  Hollie Mc Nish you are a star!

If you hate poetry still...

With thanks to the Bournemouth Echo for photo

More than a whopping great £1,000 has been raised to to help premature babies as well as a baby girl from Christchurch, England.

Families who use Twinkle Toes Music helped to raise £1,100 for the neonatal intensive care unit at Poole Hospital in Dorset.

Some of the money is...

Oversight of midwives just isn't working

By PJ on 4 July 2013 at 11:12pm

A midwife with a history of failing to assist mothers, babies and premature baby too is to be allowed to continue to practice.

Rebecca Reed allegedly did not give a baby born not breathing oxygen after finding out it did not have a heartbeat. She was then said to have attempted resuscitation on a sofa.

Reed was also accused of failing to give another baby...

Turmeric, a key ingredient in spicy curry dishes, has long been known to have medicinal values. New research finds a substance in turmeric, curcumin, may provide lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage in premature infants.

Premature babies often have problems with their breathing. They often need the assistance of ventilators and oxygen...

A really interesting study has just been published internationally, from the Netherlands, showing that the  antibody, palivizumab, significantly reduces wheezing days during premature infants’ first year of life, in addition to preventing severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection in these high-risk children.

A group of 429 premature babies,...

Babies to be offered tummy bug vaccine

By PJ on 1 July 2013 at 10:03am

Part of poster advertising vaccine already available in Soctland

Babies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to be offered and extra jab to protect them against a vomiting and diarrhoea vaccine which is a dose of medicine, not a jab.

Rotavirus infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis (vomiting and diarrhoea) in children...