Neonatal Relocation Stress

  1. I am interested in finding information about newborn relocation stress. Specifically, I am looking for information in relation to newborn transfers from one hospital without a NICU to another facility's NICU and the stress on the newborn involved in that transfer. Thank you very much.

    Kathy
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   KRVRN
    I'm not sure newborn relocation stress would be much different than any other stress from getting handled and moved around and subjected to noise. Is this newborn relocation stress a specific kind of stress that is somehow different? I've never heard of it.
  4. by   prmenrs
    I have heard of studies that conclude that having mom in a high risk OB unit before the delivery instead of transporting baby after delivery result in the best outcomes for both.
  5. by   greenivy
    Quote from prmenrs
    I have heard of studies that conclude that having mom in a high risk OB unit before the delivery instead of transporting baby after delivery result in the best outcomes for both.
    Is there a thing about 35 weekers? I have heard that from a pre-nursing o/b tech (who didn't know as much technically but had seen much) but didn't think much of it till I had my own 35 week baby. I did have my baby at "altitude" (3500+ft) which contributes to breathing issues).

    Had I known any better, I'd have tried harder to keep her in instead of walking laps around the hospital when I was bored (after my membrane ruptured).
  6. by   prmenrs
    I get asked about that a lot. If you work in a NICU, you get it. But if you don't, it just means that 35 weekers are almost ready to go home, but can fool you. Sometimes, they think, hey, wait a minute. I'm only 35 wks, I don't have to know how to breathe or eat or resist infections. So, they don't. All of a sudden, apnea, gi problems, 'sepsis'--they just lose it. You need to be patient. And don't discharge them.

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