Use of public transport for traveling provides the opportunity to observe the social interaction and communication of families, such as children with their parents. A captivated audience comes of regarding parents’ ways of interacting with their infants and young children, on the way.
At times, the mother/parent is responding warmly to an infant’s whimper. At other times, the parent is offering a sense of calm for the toddler, who may be in a completely new environment. Or the parent is engaging in conversation with an older child in a positive and constructive manner.
Considering all this, one may see a connection to the BFHI/BFI implementation process. For it is understood that some aspects related to BFHI/BFI actuation foster positive mother/parent-infant dyad interaction. (1)
Whether it is providing an environment that facilitates initial skin to skin contact, or guiding the mother/parent-infant dyad to community support upon discharge from the perinatal health care unit—these activities surely tend to contribute to everyday happenings; towards relationship building.
Such work environments are assuredly achieved through engagement of motivated staff members who are implementing quality care programs. Some members may be taking part in activities related to distinct sections of the program.
Perhaps improving the practice around initiating and maintaining skin to skin contact between the mother/parent and the infant right from birth. Or carrying out a skill-building activity aiming to better help mothers and parents recognize and respond to infant cues. Not only is this strategy referring the nursing dyad to community resources for breastfeeding/chestfeeding support, but also working in partnership with the community to bring breastfeeding/chestfeeding support services within easy reach.
As an example, building cooperation and partnership with support groups may be enhanced by:
Assuring a warm welcome to a community volunteer peer supporter to a facility implementation team meeting
Participating in a highly regarded educational event—and use the opportunity to talk with a few volunteers present at the event.
Establishing contact with the lead person from various settings to become familiar with the contents of the services that are offered. Even to consider how to find an efficient way to provide information on the services to the families.
Commonly, enhancing partnership with the community may enhance habitual referencing, supporting the continuum of care, and in turn enhance positive, responsive mother/parent-infant interaction. (2)
In essence, action can have lasting positive effects on family relationships which may consequently serve as a model for parents to be, down the road. And make for comfortable enjoyable journeying. Whatever the mode of transportation. Wherever the destination is.
May your journey be a transport of joy.
World Health Organization. (2021). Global strategic directions for nursing and midwifery 2021-2025.
(2) World Health Organization. (2020). Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital initiative: 2018 implementation guidance: frequently asked questions.
Inspired from: World Health Organization, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (2018). Guideline: counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices.
World Health Organization. (2022). WHO recommendations on maternal and newborn care for a positive postnatal experience: executive summary.
Inspired by Abstract: Clark, A., Baker, S. S., McGirr, K., & Harris, M. (2018). Breastfeeding peer support program increases breastfeeding duration rates among middle-to high-income women. Breastfeeding Medicine, 13(2), 112-115.
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