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Volume 15/Issue 1, January 2019

Keeping Mothers and Babies Together: implementing a single, simplified pathway for at-risk infants

Shanthi Shanmugalingam, Charlotte Edgington, Lorraine Gallagher and Rose Villar


Despite falling birth rates, admissions to neonatal units are increasing. National drivers aimed at reducing term admissions have concentrated on identifying reasons for admission and tackling each individually. National and local guidelines differ in their approach to managing infants at risk of postnatal compromise dependent on the specific risk factor identified, adding to the confusion and leading to significant variation in postnatal care delivery. A more radical approach to managing all infants at risk of postnatal compromise focusing on simplifying and standardising postnatal care for the late preterm and more vulnerable term infants is described.

Shanmugalingam S., Edgington C., Gallagher L., Villar R. Keeping Mothers and Babies Together: implementing a single, simplified pathway for at-risk infants. Infant 2019;15(1): 12-15.
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