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Greetings at a prior season

November 2021

Babies born early. By the following, may your parents and loved ones decipher an expression of tenderness.

"Nice to meet you little one".

To commence, when I first met “you,” a few decades ago, understandings pertaining to your care immediately and in the first few hours after birth, were unlike what they are nowadays.

Today, I, as one of many working to implement best practices, now know the following;

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  • That if you are stable[1] at birth, you could greatly benefit from immediate, uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with your mother*. Therefore, if feasibly possible, we shall arrange for that to happen in a safe manner; for you; breastfed and non-breastfed, in all settings.
  • And for you who may be in need of comfort care. That if the context lends, may you have unrestricted access to the breast. Thereby, let's make sure that your mother is well supported.
  • That if you need medical care, resuscitation, for example, you may benefit from being cared for from where your mother’s eyes [2] could caress you with her gaze. So, we may want to think of a way to arrange the setting, so this can take place. A way of facilitating the resumption of skin to skin with your mother thereafter while providing ongoing care to you.
  • That, if your mother needs to be medically cared fo,r you could benefit from being placed skin-to-skin with a significant other or having a loved one present until your mom is in a stable condition. So, we may want to carefully stage this accomplishment in a hospitable setting.
  • That if skin-to-skin is not possible, we commit as a multidisciplinary team to skillfully coordinate your care to minimize your stress; offer droplets of expressed colostrum, perhaps.

By the means of enhanced staff education may we have the inspiration to make adjustments in our settings and may it bring a sense of contribution to your wellness.

May warmheartedness define your journey.


Manon Campagna, IBCLC
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References:
[1] World Health Organization. (2018). Implementation guidance: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised baby-friendly hospital initiative.
[2] Sawyer, A., Ayers, S., Bertullies, S., Thomas, M., Weeks, A. D., Yoxall, C. W., & Duley, L. (2015). Providing immediate neonatal care and resuscitation at birth beside the mother: parents’ views, a qualitative study. BMJ open, 5(9), e008495.

World Health Organization. (2020). Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding: the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative for small, sick and preterm newborns. World Health Organization.

*Mother is intended to be inclusive.

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