A rewarding activity, at work, rest, and at play.
Some may be privileged to be in a workplace environment that allows time for reading: an opportunity to acquire improved knowledge through individual or group activities.
As a result of this new knowledge, team members are often motivated to apply an innovative approach to practice. It is said to be a common observation, within a team that is working on the implementation of programs such as BFHI/BFI.
Speaking of such knowledge and skill-building activities, here is a short excerpt.
Team members of a perinatal unit participated in a knowledge transfer activity.
They strengthened their counseling skills and gained knowledge on how to help a parent to hand express colostrum, including technical and non-technical aspects of milk expression; such as bringing a multi-sensory approach of hand expression into play.
Upon return to the unit, all aspired to try out their newly acquired knowledge - helping dyads in the practice of hand expression. One dyad at a time, depending on their current situation.
In one of these situations, the dyad had been separated. Time was taken to counsel and assist with milk expression. The upskilled team member remembered what they had learned: The oxytocin reflex is stimulated in response to the sight, touch, or sound of the baby. (1)
Driven by the current situation (reuniting the dyad was unattainable at that moment), and the intention to help, the team member developed a creative thought. The team member left the room after gently informing the parent of the brief parting, and returned, a few minutes later, carrying a small blanket.
There seemed to be no need for detailed explanation for the gesture, nor from where the blanket was taken from. The communication was momentarily, mostly non-verbal. Words such as “some found this to be helpful” or “placed by your pillow, or in a place that feels natural” tinged the room.
In essence, not only did this counseling session leave the parent and the team member with a sense of confidence, but it also fostered an environment committed to preserving time allotted for reading, and nourishing creativity for improved practice.
May “allotted reading time” define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
(1)World Health Organization. (2020). Baby-friendly hospital initiative training course for maternity staff: trainer's guide.
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