A travel bag is packed and ready to head out on an adventure over the long weekend. Its contents: all the items needed for the activities planned during the trip. This is how the idea for this post came about.
The travel bag; let’s call it “baggage” for illustration purposes. In my area, baggage holds the items that are useful for the activity at hand. It travels with people on a journey, a conference or even on their way to a perinatal care facility for the birth of a baby. —A health care facility in the process of implementing quality program indicators such as the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)/Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI), perhaps.
Let’s start with the definitions given to baggage. “Baggage: the bags, suitcases, and other personal items that someone has when travelling | The feelings or experiences that can make or has made life difficult for someone.” (1)
Let’s then tie these definitions to an event involving birth. In other words, a family might arrive at the perinatal care facility with their baggage: items for the parent-baby dyad, or even the accompanying person, as well as experiences; memories of the place or environment from which he or she is from; elements of social and cultural context, for example.
In this respect, the support they receive from health care providers goes hand in hand with information provided by recent guiding documents on the subject. This is certainly a way to understand the importance of considering these aspects. And, to provide care in a kind (2) way that is respectful and sensitive to the situation of the parent-baby dyad.
Implementing practices such as those presented in the BFHI/BFI certainly provides an opportunity to enhance continuing education and help build communication (3) skills. And, to support the interaction between practitioners and families; respectful within a given context, baggage, and personalized to each parent-baby dyad.
May interactions define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
 Antidote 10, version 1 [Logiciel], Montréal, Druide informatique, 2018.
 World Health Organization. (2018). WHO recommendations on intrapartum care for a positive childbirth experience. World Health Organization.
 World Health Organization. (2018). Guideline: counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices. World Health Organization.
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