Many children are born prematurely—65,000 every year, representing between 7 and 8 percent of all births. Although most premature births have no further consequences, some of these children will encounter developmental problems. Neonatal units offer highly technical care to compensate for the immaturity of their vital functions. They increasingly offer better support to parents and offering developmental care to the newborns. Following hospitalization, follow-up monitoring promotes the development of primary parent-child relations and ensures the identification of any potential difficulties in the child so that specific action can be taken. CAMSPs (Centres d’action médico-social précoces, Centers for Medico-Social Early Intervention) play an important role in this system of early intervention, alongside hospital staff, perinatal networks, PMI (Protection maternelle et infantile, Maternal and Child Protection Service), private practitioners, CMPs (Centres médico-psychologiques, Centers for Medico-Psychological Care), CMPPs (Centres médico-psycho-pedagogiques, Centers for Medico-Psychological-Rehabilitative Care), and associations. Harmonizing the follow-up care and coordinating all of these different actors is a priority in a sector where a lack of funding is a source of shared concern.
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