Originally posted by SmilingBluEyes
How does staffing NOT allow it? I take care of couplets here.....like many, meaning both mom/baby. Letting them bond and breastfeed for several hours has NO bearing on staffing or vice-versa. It's MY couplet and it takes FIVE minutes to give a bath
Because the Nsy nurses do the transition here. Not the L&D nurses.
The RT's do the intitial assessment and Apgars. The L&D nurses do a set of vitals at 30 min, allow parents and baby to bond for an hour or two, assist with breastfeeding, etc. But the full assessment, Ballard scale, Vit K, erythromycin ointment, and bath are done in the NSY, unless nursery staffing allows for a NSY nurse to transition at the bedside. Our policy states the newborn assessment must be done within 2 hours of birth. I keep them with Mom as long a I can, but if I wait much longer than 2 hours, the NSY will hunt me down.
After Mom's recovery, she is turned over to the Mom/Baby nurse by L&D and report is given to her on the baby from the NSY nurse. Make sense?