Captivated by the new and changing landscapes on the outskirts of the countryside and cities; the time spent driving on the road is nourishing, and it is while driving that the idea for the background of this story emerged.
First, the context: A mechanical glitch. And, in the face of the unfamiliar situation, how to deal with the problem, even identify the referent and orchestrate the making of an appointment to seek advice on the indicated service and repair. From there, the thought turned to a work environment where individuals are implementing quality programs in perinatal care; BFHI/BFI for instance.
In this setting, the referent could be a health professional member of the multidisciplinary team. In the event that the health status of the mother/parent-infant dyad requires medical attention during their hospital stay, the dyad may be separated from each other because of a brief or prolonged stay in the neonatal care unit.
Certainly, an unfamiliar place for the dyad. This setting highlights the relevance of the location to the role of supporting the parent. (1)
The story goes that, on this occasion, supporting the dyad would have taken the form of the position of the chair, among other things. An orientation favorable to communication, not only to the discussion between the parent and the caregiver on the "reasons why it is desirable to be close to one's baby in the care unit" (2), but also to the so-called tactile communication between the parent and the baby.
The chair in question, by way of explanation, used to be placed facing the wall, even facing the bed and the medical equipment used for care. Consequently, its back was turned to the caregivers and other parents. By orienting the chair in the other direction, everyone's gaze would cross, naturally from: parent to parent, dyad to caregiver and in particular parent to baby.(3)
May movement define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
(1) Campagna, M. (2021, December). The relevance of stance [Step 2 Education Blog Post]. (2) World Health Organization. (2020). Competency verification toolkit: ensuring competency of direct care providers to implement the baby-friendly hospital initiative.
(3) World Health Organization. (2020). Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding: the baby-friendly hospital initiative for small, sick and preterm newborns.
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