As for many families, making New Year resolutions is part of my kinfolk’s holiday tradition. That, and playing board games while listening to folk music. The moment makes for a jovial atmosphere; nourishing, in turn, the motivation for engagement in doing something better for the new year.
I find that this activity ties in nicely with the dedication shown to the evolutionary process of BFHI/BFI implementation.
It is true that a positive ambiance, at work like at play, is likely to favour motivation for individuals to engage in activities to make change for improvement, such as implementing best practice in perinatal care services, for example.
Over the years, I was fortunate to explore viewpoints on the subject of resolution, with personnel who were inspired by their work and planned on reaching the goals of quality-care programs. As a result, the experience left me inspired to share an anecdotal story: One of creativity.
The setting: A group of cheerful health care providers talking out the idea of developing communication interventions; aiming for improvement in communicating with families on the perinatal care unit.
Simple in concept. It seemed, at the start.
The discussion unfolded enjoyably, while ideas frenzied in every direction—creating a joyful harmony. Different points pertaining to communication skills were explored, one as meaningful as the other; perceptions that needed tailoring or information gaps that needed filling for instance. Decidedly, quality care program values are reflected in the exploration of ideas.
Open discussion likely led to the proposition of narrowing down the choices to one point. The team found a way of connecting their thoughts together to one common objective. Laughter and openness to improvement made way to a group decision to engage firstly in self-examination. In other words, the team members opted to carefully consider the communication skills used amongst themselves, for starters.
This activity resulted in insightful observations; one even engaged in note-taking which led to pinpointing precisely to one word. Simple in concept (and in practice), after all. — Changing for better, one word at a time.
Finally, ambiance and simplicity help drive and inspire engagement in doing something better for the new year and all year round.
May meaningfulness define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
World Health Organization. (2018). Implementation guidance: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised baby-friendly hospital initiative. (p.33).
The Harvard gazette. (2018). HEALTH & MEDICINE 12-step guide to keeping those resolutions. News.Harvard.Edu. Retrieved December 27, 2021, from https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2018/12/a-step-by-step-guide-on-how-to-choose-make-and-keep-new-years-resolutions/
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