Recently the Champion Foundation Trust, in partnership with The Champion Centre, launched a "Position Paper on Prematurity in Aotearoa New Zealand" at Parliament and here in Christchurch. This important paper summarises the up-to-date research evidence that guides best practice for babies and children born prematurely. It also draws on the work of the Champion Centre’s monitoring, assessment and intervention programme for children born premature and their families which provides support for baby/parent dyads as soon as possible after they leave the Neonatal Unit at hospital and continues until school entry for children born either less than 32 weeks gestational age or for those with other risks.
The launch event at Riccarton House in Christchurch was attended by many local clinicians and supporters. Dr Patricia Champion, founder of the Champion Centre and Co-Author, spoke eloquently about the research and implications for practice. We were also honoured to hear from past parents Rachel and Jason who shared their journey with their daughter Jessica (now age 13), who was born prematurely and attended The Champion Centre. They spoke of how early intervention at the beginning of Jessica’s life made all the difference and she is now thriving and achieving great things. You can read more about the Prematurity Paper here: https://www.championfoundation.co.nz/research.html
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