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From the Editors for 2020(3) - ​

Welcome to issue 2020(3) as we continue to celebrate 20 years of our journal, Advances in Neonatal Care. In this issue our former Editor-in-Chief, Catherine Witt, shares her insights about the importance of high quality information to associations like NANN in a guest editorial. Dr. Witt highlights the multiple contributions of YOU - our talent that contributes to the strength of our journal and association.

In this issue Dr. Newberry summarizes Noteworthy Professional News around COVID-19 and neonatal care. While any publication cannot keep fully up-to-date on this issue we hope you will take advantage of this important information.

We also continue our special series focused on Palliative Care with 5 additional articles including a manuscript by Dr. Kain focused on clarification of the definition of palliative care, Conceptually Redefining Neonatal Palliative Care. Dr. Leuthner provides a compelling read on perinatal counseling with the diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or 18 (Prenatal Consultation for the Family Given a Fetal Diagnosis of Trisomy 13 or 18; Incorporating the Facts, Parental Values and Maintaining Choice) and Dr. Davis explores triggers that initiate perinatal-neonatal care with implications for how we ensure all eligible mothers and infants receive this essential service (Women and Infants in the Deep South Receiving Perinatal and Neonatal Palliative and Supportive Care Services). Other articles provide important information about the success and challenges of program implementation (Close to Home: Perinatal Palliative Care in a Community Hospital, Implementation of a Perinatal Hospice Program)

Additionally, we have a wide range of articles that inform general neonatal practice including safe sleep, monitor alarm management, parental presence in the NICU, assessment of infant swallowing with fiberoptic endoscopy, and mother-infant interaction in skin-to-skin care.

Provision of palliative care is not just for those who are eminently dying. This article provides a broader more holistic view of integrating palliative care into the NICU and how such integration is more supportive of both infants and families.

Parents' experiences of support following stillbirth and neonatal death
The aim of this study was to describe and understand the experiences of parents in relation to professional and social support following stillbirth and neonatal death. Parents who experience the death of their infant in the NICU require individualized support from both professionals and their extended families during this difficult time. Pathways for healing must be facilitated.

Systematic review of the effects of skin-to-skin care on short-term physiologic stress outcomes in preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit
This article summarizes the evidence that skin-to-skin care (SSC) improves short-term physiologic stress outcomes when compared with incubator care. SSC is a safe and essential component of optimal NICU care.

The role of the NICU in father involvement, beliefs, and confidence: A follow-up qualitative study
Fathers' describe their involvement and confidence during their infants NICU hospitalization. This article suggests that fathers see nurses and other providers as helping them overcome their uncertainty and improve their confidence and involvement in their infant's care in the NICU.



Current Issue Highlights






Palliative Care


Parents' Experiences About Support Following Stillbirth and Neonatal Death

Camacho Ávila, Marcos; Fernández Medina, Isabel María; Jiménez-López, Francisca Rosa; More

Advances in Neonatal Care. 20(2):151-160, April 2020.



Promoting Parent Partnership in Developmentally Supportive Care for Infants in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Klug, Janie; Hall, Christine; Delaplane, Emily A.; More

Advances in Neonatal Care. 20(2):161-170, April 2020.