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The Alternative Facts About Late Preterm Infants: You Mean There Are Fake Stories About Me?

  • Shahirose Sadrudin PremjiEmail author
  • Gisela Becker
  • Katherine Bright
  • Genevieve Currie
  • Aliyah Dosani
  • Susan Kau
  • Carole Kenner
  • Karen Lasby
  • Mary R. Landsiedel
  • Abhay K. Lodha
  • Jennifer Marandola
  • Lenora Marcellus
  • Allison C. Munn
  • Gianella Santos Pana
  • Catherine Ringham
  • Sarah N. Taylor
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Abstract

Late preterm infant (LPI) is a terminology that reflects our understanding that these babies are born at a critical time when the brain, lungs, and other body organs are still growing and developing. We have attempted to share the growing body of evidence that provide insight into the characteristics of these infants that threaten their adaptation outside the uterus (i.e., womb), present as challenges to health-care providers and parents, and impact growth and neurodevelopmental outcomes of LPIs. LPIs have taught us much along the way; however, work place organization (e.g., technology, policies, procedures) creates competing demands in skillfully caring for LPI. We find that LPIs are sometimes treated as normal infants leaving parents with an impression that these babies are not a “big deal.” The myths (i.e., false beliefs or ideas) that frame our (health-care providers, parents, and families) perspective about LPIs create difficulties in being responsive to LPIs and hinder our ability to care for LPIs in ways that will enable them to reach their full potential. In this final chapter, we share misconceptions about LPIs and their families and provide facts that will provide pause to rethink your approach to care.

Keywords

Late preterm infants Myths Facts Nursing Midwife Allied health-care providers Caring 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shahirose Sadrudin Premji
    • 1
    Email author
  • Gisela Becker
    • 2
  • Katherine Bright
    • 3
    • 4
  • Genevieve Currie
    • 5
  • Aliyah Dosani
    • 5
  • Susan Kau
    • 6
    • 7
  • Carole Kenner
    • 8
    • 7
  • Karen Lasby
    • 9
  • Mary R. Landsiedel
    • 10
  • Abhay K. Lodha
    • 11
    • 12
    • 13
  • Jennifer Marandola
    • 14
  • Lenora Marcellus
    • 15
  • Allison C. Munn
    • 16
  • Gianella Santos Pana
    • 3
    • 17
  • Catherine Ringham
    • 17
  • Sarah N. Taylor
    • 18
  1. 1.School of Nursing, Faculty of HealthYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Health and Community ServicesGovernment of Newfoundland and LabradorSt. John’sCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of NursingUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  4. 4.Women’s Mental Health ClinicAlberta Health ServicesCalgaryCanada
  5. 5.School of Nursing and MidwiferyMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada
  6. 6.Caring for Hawai’i NeonatesHonoluluUSA
  7. 7.Council of International Neonatal Nurses, Inc. (COINN)YardleyUSA
  8. 8.School of Nursing and Health and Exercise ScienceThe College of New JerseyNew YorkUSA
  9. 9.Neonatal Transition TeamPostpartum ServicesCalgaryCanada
  10. 10.Bachelor of Midwifery Program, School of Nursing and MidwiferyMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada
  11. 11.Department of Paediatrics, Cumming School of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  12. 12.Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of MedicineUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  13. 13.Department of Paeditrics, Foothills Medical Center C211Alberta Health ServicesCalgaryCanada
  14. 14.volet Jeunesse/Santé-PubliqueCentre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l’Ouest-de-l’île-de-MontréalMontréalCanada
  15. 15.School of NursingUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada
  16. 16.Department of NursingFrancis Marion UniversityFlorenceUSA
  17. 17.Faculty of NursingUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  18. 18.Department of PediatricsMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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