Hold Your Prem is a wonderful resource for parents of preterm infants and health workers supporting them. The film illustrates and adds to the book, Hold your Prem (also by Jill Bergman), and follows on from the original bestselling Kangaroo Mother Care DVD from Nils Bergman.
Hold Your Prem explains why holding baby in skin-to-skin contact on mother is best for babies, physically, emotionally and mentally. It shows practically how to do this, from delivery or theatre to the NICU.
The film is 29 minutes, and emphasizes the importance of early skin-to-skin contact. It encourages parents to face their emotions, in order to cope better and provide care for their preterm baby. It demonstrates breastfeeding prems, and encourages early initiation. It explains some basic neuroscience in relation to prematurity, the importance of sleep, and avoiding stress. It gives parents practical ways to help their prem develop properly.
In addition, there are separate sections which can be used for classes – Technical support in the NICU (2 minutes), Recognizing stress signals (3 minutes), Avoiding stress (3 minutes), How to calm a baby (1 minutes).
Plus bonus footage: How to encourage early breastfeeding of preterms (3 minutes), How to do skin-to-skin safely (9 minutes), An interview with Jill Bergman about the book and the film. (4 minutes)
You can see a Youtube preview here
DVD (PAL format). 29 mins. South Africa 2011.
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