The practice of separating a newborn from its mother soon after birth is common. Modern day hospital routines continue to significantly disrupt the early maternal-infant relationship, contributing to unnecessary admissions to the special care nursery. Mother-baby dyad care, including skin-to-skin contact of healthy infants and mothers, is an important component of maternal-newborn care. Beginning at birth, mothers and newborns should be viewed as a unit with no disruption of the parent-infant relationship. The following recommendations and resources support the implementation of mother-baby dyad care.
Mother-Baby Dyad Care Recommendations
The following recommendations support evidence-based clinical practices in promoting the care of the infant together with the mother.
Mother-Baby Dyad Care Webinar – Q&A
This Q&A document was developed based on your questions at the April 11, April 26 and August 9, 2012 sessions.
Mother-Baby Dyad Care Webinar Presentation
Presentation slides from the Mother-Baby Dyad Care webinar (April 2012).
Mother-Baby Dyad Care Implementation Video
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Mother-Baby Dyad Care Audit Tool
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Mother-Baby Dyad Care Pre-Test
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Mother-Baby Dyad Care Presentation Slide Deck
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Mother-Baby Dyad Care Implementation ToolKit (Master Document)
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Special Care Nursery Admission Criteria
This admission criteria document is developed to guide newborn admissions the Special Care Nurseries or NICUs.