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Nurses get hands-on training in baby care

McAllen Monitor (Internet / Print) 05/27/06 http://www.themonitor.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=13421&Section=Valley Hospital nurses from San Antonio to McAllen and Brownsville congregated at Rio Grande Regional for the "Preemie For A Day" workshop to learn the latest in premature care techniques. "By the end of four hours, we’re going to teach them to deliver a baby, position it, how to create a supportive environment, how to properly feed the baby and support the families from day one," said the Philadelphia-based developmental nurse. "Think how much the family can get involved," said presenter Jan Hunter, an occupational therapist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "Think beyond the box to the long-term impact." For example, force feeding premature children can make them resistant to eating later in life. And splayed limbs can mean difficulty holding a bottle or clapping hands later on.



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