Being bedridden or confined to a room or a specific area in the house due to illness brings changes to the daily routine. It also provides an opportunity to show appreciation for a fundamental feature of a team: mutual assistance.
People are willing to help each other fill a gap: a concept that applies to both home and work.
Accordingly, work may be, for many, a health care setting. Perhaps a place where health care workers provide support and care to mother/parent-infant dyads. A place where people are working together to implement practices that synchronize with quality care programs such as BFHI/BFI. An environment where it is easy to picture health care workers, standing in solidarity.
As an example, let’s consider a work environment where staff are trained and empowered to develop skills to inform and support parents on their nursing journey. Indeed, this investment in learning can translate into well-grounded health care practices and team commitments to provide care in a setting that meets the needs of mother/parent-infant dyads and makes for a solid framework.
This results in a team that is more effective in countering the effects of unexpected events such as staff shortages; the potential for disruption of daily activities in the mother/parent-infant health care setting, in the sequel.
Positively, the possession of practical knowledge on the significance of providing support to mother/parent-infant dyads in the early period after birth benefits the development of the breastfeeding/chestfeeding relationships. In addition, it can help to replace a colleague at a moment's notice, should the need arise. Ensuring, then, confidence-building care to the dyad at a moment of great importance for the achievement of their feeding goal.
It is hoped that expressions of appreciation are heard by all, working together as a team, seeing to uphold the place the mother/parent-infant dyad occupies in the foreground.
May teamwork define your journey.
World Health Organization. (2020). Baby-friendly hospital initiative training course for maternity staff: trainer's guide.
World Health Organization, & UNICEF. (2003). Global strategy for infant and young child feeding.
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