The weather was beautiful this week. The temperature, perfect for hanging laundry outside on the clothesline. Hanging, the bedding dries in the sun and flutters in the wind to be laid out on the bed.
The freshness of a comfortable bed is indeed conducive to rest. Nothing like it after a day spent gardening and walking around outside.
Rest (in bed): This is the element that brings to mind the decor of an obstetrical setting. An environment accustomed to promoting comfort so that the people in the setting may rest. As a souvenir, the beds were made up in the morning - change of sheets, blankets carefully spread out to smooth out any folds. Often, it was done by two people; it was far more efficient and also a pleasant moment of exchange between colleagues and sometimes even with the mother/parent-infant dyad.
Many have the privilege of contributing to the well-being of mother/parent-infant dyads in an environment where quality programs such as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)/Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) are being implemented.
The process may provide an opportunity to explore literature on topics such as comfort, which may mention "helping the mother find a comfortable position". This in turn may raise awareness of the benefits of a comfortable environment for families as well as for the health care staff who care for them. Then, certainly encourages attention to the factors that contribute to comfort in the mother/parent-infant dyad.
A simple gesture that can be done daily to contribute to the well-being of all, notably the mother/parent-infant dyad, is to engage in creating a restful environment.
May freshness define your journey.
Henderson, J., Alderdice, F., & Redshaw, M. (2019). Factors associated with maternal postpartum fatigue: an observational study. BMJ open, 9(7), e025927. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025927 site consulted on 16-05-22.
World Health Organization. (2020). Competency verification toolkit: ensuring competency of direct care providers to implement the baby-friendly hospital initiative. World Health Organization. Pp11,12.
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