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Father thanks 'fantastic' staff for saving premature baby

Young Casey is now thriving after constant care Credit: Danny Sturrock

Danny Sturrock, whose son Casey was cared for by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) staff at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, has praised the 'fantastic work' of medical teams.

Casey spent the first three months of his life in NICU after been born 15 weeks prematurely. The care he had in the unit meant that he was able to survive and is now a beautiful, energetic toddler.

Danny said: “If it wasn’t for the staff on NICU we wouldn’t have our precious little boy. We are eternally grateful for all they did for Casey and for the support we received as parents."

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Swaddling babies too tightly can cause hip problems

Parents could be risking their babies' health because they're being given the wrong advice about swaddling.

A study by an orthopaedic surgeon in Southampton says binding the arms and legs of a baby with a blanket could lead to long term hip damage, even though many new mums are advised to do so.

The new research says that the technique restricts movement which is vital for a baby's development. Nia Mason reports.

The interviewees are the report's author - Professor Nicholas Clarke, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals Trust; and Alicia Reilly, a new mother from the south.

For advice and tips on 'safe swaddling' you can visit The International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

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Decision due today on midwife led birthing centres

Midwife led Dover birthing centre Credit: ITV Meridian

A decision is expected today on the future of two midwife led birthing centres in Dover and Canterbury. Health bosses say there has been a reduction in the number of women choosing to have their babies at the centres over the last 5 years.

More births at William Harvey hospital Credit: ITV Meridian

Health chiefs say more mothers are choosing to give birth at the William Harvey hospital in Ashford instead. Today's meeting is taking place at the River Centre in Tonbridge.