Less stress for child and parents30 October 2013
It’s a nightmare for expecting parents: your child is born prematurely, and has to spend weeks in an incubator covered in electrodes and wires connected to monitors. Doctoral candidate Sibrecht Bouwstra developed creations that ease the experience for both child and parents.
The chance of survival for premature babies has increased substantially over the past decades. And it’s a good thing, too, because the number of babies that’s born prematurely has seen a significant increase as well in the Netherlands. Reasons for that include the fact that because of IVF and the rising age of motherhood more and more twins are born. And unfortunately, premature, underweight twins are common.
In the Netherlands, babies born in the 24th week of pregnancy or later are treated actively, says designer Sibrecht Bouwstra. From that moment there’s a chance they survive, thanks to the current standard of medicine. Still, such an early start often has undesired consequences. “At a later age, premature children have a greater chance of developing learning disabilities and behavioral issues, for example.”
To prevent problems that may occur later in life it’s important a premature baby develops as well as possible at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). And that’s a problem, because not only does an incubator baby start off with an obvious disadvantage, but there’s a lack of supportive (physical) contact with its parents as well. The conditions – electrodes, wires monitoring its temperature, heart rate, and blood oxygen level – make that difficult. These circumstances cause stress in the child, causing an impeded development.
“Physical contact with a parent relieves stress, and has a positive effect on the child”, says Bouwstra. “It’s one of the reasons to perform so-called Kangaroo care, where the baby is transferred from the incubator to one of the parents in a chair to hold the baby skin-to-skin on the chest.”All stickers and wires are a hindrance, obviously, and the sight of an incubator baby is quite traumatic for the parents.
On Saturday March 14th prof. ir. Wil Kling, chair of the group Electrical Energy Systems of the department of Electrical Engineering, has passed away. He deceased from natural causes, in Hangzhou, China during a business trip shortly before returning home to The Netherlands.
TU/e will be subdividing all associations and students teams into three categories: Basis, Toppers, and Herkansers (basic, top, second-chance). The ‘basic associations’ can receive support from the university, top associations are eligible for extra support, and second-chance associations might lose university support. The classification is part of a plan to better organize the criteria for support.
Özhan Coskun, the PDEng trainee who died from a fire in his apartment on February 28, will be remembered with a memorial forest in his native country of Turkey. Friends and family raised money for the forest: the required 12,000 Turkish liras (approx. 4,200 euros) were collected within 36 hours.
On Tuesday morning, a major fire broke out in a student house at De Vriesstraat in Hemelrijken, a neighborhood in the district of Woensel. The fire was probably caused by two students cooking on an electric stove. The students were able to leave the house safely, says news site Eindhoven Dichtbij.
Paid parking for staff will be implemented on Wednesday, April 15. Reason for the delay is confusion about the Celebeslaan parking lot, where TU/e staff can park for free. However, in order to be able to access campus after April 6, staff will have to apply for the new parking system before that.