The European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants (EFCNI) hosted its 10th Parents’ Meeting in Freising, Germany. Twenty five parents’ organizations from 23 countries attended the annual meeting to discuss how best to advocate for and effect positive change to ensure that newborns and their parents receive the attention they deserve and the best possible care.
During the meeting, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) were invited to present the Every Newborn Action Plan. Parents’ organizations were encouraged to share their comments on the action plan through the public online consultation, which is currently open until the 28th February 2014. Harnessing the power of parents, families and communities is one of five strategic objectives of the Every Newborn action plan. Families, particularly mothers and fathers, are at the forefront of advocating for and ensuring newborn health and thus vital partners at all stages of the Every Newborn movement.
Established in 2008, EFCNI is a pan-European organisation of parents and scientific experts, which seeks to improve the long-term care of preterm and newborn infants with illnesses and support for their families, by empowering parents’ to express their needs and their critical role in the care of newborns. Experience has demonstrated that effective partnerships between parents and health professionals lead to creating positive, nurturing and life-saving environments for newborns who require special care, such as premature newborns. Today, in Europe, between 5.5 and 11.4% of all babies are born before 37 weeks of gestation.