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Facilitating Infant-Parent Closeness in Neonatal Care

by Anna Axelin, RN, PhD, Associate Professor
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, 1 CNE, 1 CME
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Infants should not be separated from their parents. Parent-infant closeness is vital for the development of parent-infant relationship and consequently for parental well-being and optimal infant development. However, every year, due to medical care or hospital routines detrimental separation affects millions of infants. This presentation explores parents’ and staff’s perceptions of infant-parent closeness and separation in maternity care, delivery ward and neonatal intensive care environment. Based on these experiences, barriers (e.g. care routines and resources) and facilitators (e.g. patient centered communication skills, parent autonomy, single family rooms and couplet care) for closeness will be examined and potential strategies to facilitate parent-infant closeness in neonatal care are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe the importance of infant-parent closeness

Objective 2: Define the major causes of separation

Objective 3: Explain how staff can facilitate infant-parent closeness in neonatal care

Categories: Neonates
Presentations: 11  |  Hours / CE Credits: 11.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks