APREM, the Association for Parents of Premature Children of Spain, was founded in 1999 by a group of parents of premature children who met in La Paz hospital in Madrid (La Paz is a major public hospital which currently delivers the highest number of babies in Europe each year). APREM has, since then, become a point of reference in Spain for parents, doctors, nurses, therapists, politicians, etc. in the field of preterm children and prematurity. APREM has more than 300 members from all over the country.
Our modest mission is to help parents to be the best carers of their preterm children. With this mission always in mind,APREM activities include:
Website. www.aprem-e.org. APREM’s website is one of the most prestigious Spanish-language sites relating to the specific topic of premature children. It offers parents, relatives and friends information, services, counseling, educational materials and, what is even more important, love, support, comfort,…
Parent-to-Parent Support Program. Through a team of 10 volunteer parents, APREM offers emotional support and information to every single parent who requests it and assists them personally in the resolution of problems related to their premature children.
Ask the experts. APREM enjoys the support of two MDs, a Neonatologist, from the hospital La Paz, and a specialist on Rehabilitation, from the Gregorio Marañón Hospital (also in Madrid), who offer their expertise to the parents that need it.
Schools for Parents. In collaboration with several top hospitals in Spain, such as Hospital de la Paz, Hospital Puerta de Hierro, Hospital Beata María Ana, etc., APREM develops educational projects for parents of preterm children, whether on-site, during their stay in hospital, or after discharge.
Media. Prematurity is still quite an unknown phenomenum for the public at large. APREM actively participates in popular TV and Radio programmes concerning the situation of premature children in Spain, in order to raise public awareness about this big health problem.
Participation in Scientific Events. APREM has become a reference point for obtaining reliable information about the situation of premature families in Spain and participates in fora and congresses about prematurity.
Educational materials. APREM develops ‘short and quick guides’ for parents on issues related to caring for preterm children.