Like many people, having to deal with the seemingly ever increasing frequency of extreme weather in my region is a reality today. The course of events sometimes requires an adaptation: an adjustment to the usual itinerary, for example taking a different route due to road closures related to weather conditions.
Adaptability; in the sense of being flexible related to the environment, is similar to a facet of the implementation of programs such as the BFHI/ BFI; the attention paid to personalized support.
It is true that an environment that emphasizes flexibility and adaptation is likely to support the engagement of individuals in activities that promote learning for improvement; such as the implementation of "best practices" in perinatal care services.
The context: a group of health care providers discussing the idea of developing communication approaches to support the mother/parent who may be separated from their infant.
The goal: to improve communication with families who are not together in the perinatal care unit or who need additional assistance for medical and safety reasons.
An interesting starting point to clarify the concept of adaptation may be the assessment of the need to acquire new knowledge. Reflections, brought about by exploring ideas, can help improve skills, address practices that require development, or fill information gaps on the topic.
Staff members working to achieve the goals of quality care programs may be asked to share knowledge about "rooming in" practices that support the mother/parent-infant relationship.
In situations where the mother/parent is recovering from a cesarean section or a medical condition, additional assistance in caring for the baby may be required. Therefore the room layout should be designed so that it is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate a helper, for example.
This will enable mothers/parents and their newborns to remain together. And, to ensure the safety of the infants.
Personalized practical support can be offered by assisting with breastfeeding or explaining how to express human milk. The latter, sometimes in a quiet, polite manner, especially in situations where the mother/parent is separated from their infant for medically justified reasons.
By ensuring well-developed communication skills, staff will be mindful of the mother/infant dyad's situation.
And most importantly, by supporting each other as a team; staff will be motivated to improve and and therefore will ensure the well-being of the mother/parent-infant dyad in any situation.
Wishing you an adaptable journey.
1- World Health Organization. (2021). Infant and young child feeding counselling: an integrated course: trainer’s guide.
2- World Health Organization. (2018). Implementation guidance: protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised baby-friendly hospital initiative.
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