Initiation of Couplet Care to Facilitate Initiation and Duration of Breastfeeding

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/201745
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Initiation of Couplet Care to Facilitate Initiation and Duration of Breastfeeding
Abstract:
(41st Biennial Convention) Background:  In 2006, a protocol for skin to skin contact and extended bonding was established in labor and delivery.  The mother/baby dyad remain together for up to two hours under the care of one nurse.  This is described in the literature as couplet care.  The current practice on the maternity unit is that mother and baby are separated for admitting procedures and routine tests.  Each mother and each baby are assigned to different nurses and are not cared for together. Our leadership project for the STTI Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy is to introduce the couplet care model to the maternity staff. Purpose:  To expand the couplet care model to the maternity unit in order to enhance breastfeeding outcomes, and to work toward step #7 of the WHO Baby Friendly Initiative- Practice "rooming-in" - allow mothers and babies to remain together 24 hours a day.    Methods:  We planned to measure the staff nurses knowledge and perceptions of couplet care, prior to and after we provided the education on couplet care to the maternity staff.  We then planned to introduce couplet care as a trial care model on the maternity unit.  Our outcome measures were to assess rates of exclusive breastfeeding and the practice of rooming-in using our current data collection systems. Results:  The project was not implemented as originally planned; a trial period of couplet care was introduced using one module of the maternity unit, prior to any staff education .  As a result the couplet care model of four mothers and four babies to one nurse was applied inconsistently, and the staff returned to familiar routines of practice.  Rates of breastfeeding and rooming-in were unchanged.  Currently, staff education is being provided and the formation of a committee, assigned to implement and sustain the couplet care model, is in progress.
Keywords:
Practice Change; Mother/Baby Togetherness; Couplet Care
Repository Posting Date:
11-Jan-2012
Date of Publication:
4-Jan-2012
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleInitiation of Couplet Care to Facilitate Initiation and Duration of Breastfeedingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/201745-
dc.description.abstract(41st Biennial Convention) Background:  In 2006, a protocol for skin to skin contact and extended bonding was established in labor and delivery.  The mother/baby dyad remain together for up to two hours under the care of one nurse.  This is described in the literature as couplet care.  The current practice on the maternity unit is that mother and baby are separated for admitting procedures and routine tests.  Each mother and each baby are assigned to different nurses and are not cared for together. Our leadership project for the STTI Maternal Child Health Leadership Academy is to introduce the couplet care model to the maternity staff. Purpose:  To expand the couplet care model to the maternity unit in order to enhance breastfeeding outcomes, and to work toward step #7 of the WHO Baby Friendly Initiative- Practice "rooming-in" - allow mothers and babies to remain together 24 hours a day.    Methods:  We planned to measure the staff nurses knowledge and perceptions of couplet care, prior to and after we provided the education on couplet care to the maternity staff.  We then planned to introduce couplet care as a trial care model on the maternity unit.  Our outcome measures were to assess rates of exclusive breastfeeding and the practice of rooming-in using our current data collection systems. Results:  The project was not implemented as originally planned; a trial period of couplet care was introduced using one module of the maternity unit, prior to any staff education .  As a result the couplet care model of four mothers and four babies to one nurse was applied inconsistently, and the staff returned to familiar routines of practice.  Rates of breastfeeding and rooming-in were unchanged.  Currently, staff education is being provided and the formation of a committee, assigned to implement and sustain the couplet care model, is in progress.en_GB
dc.subjectPractice Changeen_GB
dc.subjectMother/Baby Togethernessen_GB
dc.subjectCouplet Careen_GB
dc.date.available2012-01-11T10:50:30Z-
dc.date.issued2012-01-04en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-11T10:50:30Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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