The SCENE (Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment) Symposium was organized for the 7th time between November 8 and 9 in 2019, representing a multidisciplinary working group of international experts. Their research and observations are aimed at improving the experience of parents and infants during the neonatal journey, along with the outcome of care. The SCENE cooperation (http://sceneresearch.net/) initiates research projects that analyze how and why physical and emotional closeness between parents and infants varies between PIC/NIC units both within the country and internationally; the short and long-term effects of closeness and separation on infants, parents and the parent-baby dyads; as well as how the health and well-being of both parents and babies could be optimized.
This year Budapest hosted this scholarly event which was organized in cooperation by „Melletted a Helyem Egyesület” (Right(s) Beside You Association) and Semmelweis University and supported by EFCNI (European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants). The Symposium was a success since 125 researchers representing 24 countries from the field of neonatal care came to Budapest to discuss the most urgent issues in parent-infant closeness and family-centered care.
In Hungary every 11th child is born too early, prior to the 37th week of pregnancy as a premature baby. In the past decade, however, the biggest improvement in Hungary could be achieved in the care of premature babies among all health indicators. Since 2013 infant mortality has decreased by 30%.
Organizers of the conference highlighted that it has become clear in recent years that modern equipment and medicines, pain and stress management of premature babies at the hospital, and closely linked to these the involvement of parents in the care team can guarantee the success of steps taken in the care of premature babies.
“The philosophy of premature care has changed considerably, professionals need to acquire new skills and have to develop such practices that often contradict traditional medical paradigms” said Dr. Csaba Nádor, head neonatologist, the head of the Korányi PIC unit at Semmelweis University, and the President of Melletted a Helyem Egyesület.
The first day of the conference addressed the role of fathers in care and emotional closeness between parent and infant. On day two, topics include the follow-up services throughout Europe, the short and long-term consequences of parent-infant separation through the view of NICU design, and the quality of family centered care in European NICUs.
The attendees were able to view the Pető András Institute development work from early development teams to adult recipients, and at the closing day they selected the most popular poster based on the votes of the organiser committee, this time Marsha Campbell Yeo and Sylvester E received the awared by dr. Andrea Zsebe, dean of the András Pető Faculty.
We would like to thank our sponsor, NATUS to supported us to realize this remarkable event!
Special thanks to Szallodak.hu and Acatering Service and to Katalin Kabany photographer to help us to make the two days meeting unforgettable.
The organising committee: Anna Axelin, Sari Ahlqvist-Björkroth, SCENE Steering Group, Dr. Nádor Csaba, Dr. Szabó Miklós, Dr. Mátyásiné Kiss Ágnes, Muzslai-Bízik Hanna, Dr. Pásztorné Tass Ildikó, Bajnok Ildikó, Kecskés Krisztina, Nagy Lívia.