- “Grandpa.” Whose face lights up, “Have a nice day.”
The telephone call from a grandchild now grown up brought a radiant smile to the grandfather’s face.
Hence, the idea of transposing this representation into a context related to perinatology.
“Facilities providing maternity and newborn services should enable mothers and their infants to remain together and to practise rooming-in throughout the day and night. This may not apply in circumstances when infants need to be moved for specialized medical care.” (1)
Many may have the opportunity to work with families in such situations, to implement quality care programs such as BFHI/BFI in an environment where additional care is provided to the infant requiring it. To their mother/parent as well.
Considering a possible stressful situation for the mother/parent-infant dyad. Keeping this possibility in mind, the dyad may need additional assistance in establishing and maintaining lactation. Interventions that address the psychosocial aspects of health, moreover, certainly benefit the dyad.
It should be noted that for some, the network of support such as intergenerational support can be of great value in reducing stress.
Certainly, more than one health care provider remembers
Brightened eyes greeting grandparents/significant others upon their arrival on the unit:
Cup(s) of tea in-hand*;
Washed shawl, returned;
Words about older children, shared;
Loving glances, given;
And, overall, the presence of loved ones providing additional help, an enlightened expression.
This illustrates the importance and significance that the place given to family and friends in the neonatal care unit can have on supporting the dyad and, in turn, on supporting nursing.
May cheerfulness define your journey.
(1) World Health Organization. (2018). Implementation guidance: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised baby-friendly hospital initiative.p.40
World Health Organization. (2022). WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience.
World Health Organization. (2020). Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding: the baby-friendly hospital initiative for small, sick and
* According to facility’s modality
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