Discussions at gatherings: A cherished activity that led the way to this very piece of writing.
Some may share this perspective. Notably, individuals who are working together at implementing practices that synchronize with quality care programs such as BFHI/BFI.
Health care workers engaged in moving a cherished idea or project forward, for instance, at a team meeting — providing support and care to mother/parent-infant dyads in a perinatal health care setting.
Team members may be discussing the topic of the quality of services to families and exploring the foundation for helping dyads with infant behaviors and ways of addressing infant stress.
In general, the art of comforting infants is acquired during childhood through observation and, for some, through playing with dolls.
Another is an environment where health care providers may benefit from knowledge transfer and skill-building activities that positively enhance facilitative counseling skills based on individual situations.
Naturally, guiding the dyad in a specific manner in echo to their needs. This may include sharing information with the parents to help them learn how to respond to their baby's soothing needs when in crying or fussing times (1).
A useful starting point in exploring the idea of adapting practice may be assessing one’s need for new knowledge; learning new techniques that have been found to promote soothing behavior in the infant (2), for example.
Evaluating the climate of the perinatal care unit, paying attention to reflections that are consistent with what the dyad says they feel in the given environment, certainly supports empowerment. It may pave the way for further discussions about which actions to be put forth to improve the service’s atmosphere.
The time set aside for an interchange of words within a team certainly contributes to gentle calming as well as to the strengthening of the infant-parent relationship.
May calmness define your journey.
(1), (2) World Health Organization. (2022). WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience. World Health Organization. pp. 142-143
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