About the Journal
The Nigerian Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Care (NJPNC) is an English multidisciplinary peer-reviewed, open-access journal that publishes articles in the field of Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine. It is the official publication of the Nigerian Society of Neonatal Medicine (NISONM). The aims are:
- To provide an outlet for sound academic and scientific research from promising budding as well as established perinatal and neonatal physicians and researchers across the globe.
- To provide a repository of up-to-date, evidence based scientific information for standard perinatal and neonatal care in Nigeria. This would encourage dissemination of scientific information on current, topical neonatal and perinatal issues to improve the care of preterm and term infants.
The current edition of the Nigerian journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Care focuses on important factors Caesarean section and breastfeeding
Successful breastfeeding is positively impacted by early initiation post-delivery as well as avoidance of prelacteal feeds. The study from Rwanda shows a significant delay in breastfeeding initiation and increased use of prelacteal feeds among women delivered by caesarean section. A high c/s rate driven by high maternal HIV infection is decried by the authors because the use of effective anti-retroviral drugs before and during pregnancy is expected to reduce the choice of C/S delivery for infected pregnant mothers. The authors decry the high c/s rate resulting predominantly from high maternal HIV infection rate.
Although neonatal jaundice may not contribute significantly in numerical terms to neonatal jaundice in Nigeria, it remains an important contributor to childhood chronic morbidity (athetoid cerebral palsy and hearing deficits). The study from Niger state, north central part of Nigeria emphasizes the low awareness level among Nigerian mothers.