This written word has its origins in two activities related to the notion of togetherness: an outdoor gathering and the other, a concept put forward in a presentation.
The first refers to the heartache felt in the absence of a loved one at the gathering. The second stems from the idea of a working group moving forward on the theme of closed-loop communication.
As a result, the focus of each activity directs the attention to a point of convergence. Let’s say, supporting, as a team, the mother/parent of an infant who may be temporarily absent from the room that was assigned to them in the perinatal unit.
Knowledge enhancing activities are typical of an environment where those in attendance are engaged in implementing quality programs such as BFHI/BFI. A place where the importance of ensuring well-developed communication skills might be conceptualized. Perhaps deeper reflection is being given to the significance of being attentive to the situation of the mother/parent-infant dyad, offering timely and sensitive support, for example. This is something that could be of benefit to the mother/parent who might find themselves suddenly and momentarily separated from their infant.
The angle invites us to see or re-see those scenes that move us. One that evokes the image of a mother/parent suddenly left alone in their room in the perinatal care unit, to the sound of an alarm beeping. To behold the depth of their feeling at that very moment as they wait for the course of events to come full circle—An understanding that certainly highlights the importance of engaging with the mother/parent along the way.
Such is the value of knowledge transfer activities; Where learning to communicate with empathy may provide insight into the ways of supporting and enabling mothers/parents to express their feelings. And, consequently, helping to build confidence and bringing closure on a positive note.
May attentiveness define your journey.
- Stanton, M. E., & Gogoi, A. (2022). Dignity and respect in maternity care. BMJ Global Health, 5(Suppl 2), e009023.
- World Health Organization. (2022). WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience: executive summary.
- Closed loop communication: Operating room team training. (2014, September 3). CRICO Medical Professional Liability & Patient Safety. https://www.rmf.harvard.edu/clinician-resources/article/2014/crico-operating-room-team-training-collaborative-closed-loop-communication
(1) - Inspired by: 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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