Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

Antenatal optimisation for preterm infants less than 34 weeks: a quality improvement toolkit

The British Association of Perinatal Medicine (BAPM) and the National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP) are collaborating on four quality improvement toolkits to support perinatal staff to implement the evidence around perinatal optimisation. This article presents the Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit. The evidence for key interventions is described alongside a quality improvement journey, which supports staff to choose improvement solutions most suitable for the local context.

Lauren Shaw
Neonatal Grid Trainee, East Deanery, Scotland

Julie-Clare Becher
Lead for Quality, BAPM and Consultant Neonatologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh,
julie-clare.becher@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

On behalf of the BAPM Antenatal Optimisation Toolkit Group

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Keywords
parent support; early language; literacy; interaction; family-integrated care
Key points
  1. Infants born preterm have increased risk of communication and literacy problems.
  2. Introducing literacy through access to a neonatal library is an important addition to family-integrated care.
  3. Involving parents in early communication and literacy opportunities on the NNU can have significant benefits for parent-infant co-occupation and infant development.

Also published in Infant:

VOLUME 16/ISSUE 6, NOVEMBER 2020
Lincolnshire listens – our ‘neonatal parent voice’
Lincolnshire’s Neonatal Parent Voices is a group of passionate parents that have helped shape and design services for the future. They are a pivotal part of the Maternity Transformation Programme and influence change and service improvement across the health and social care system. Learning from parents can improve the neonatal journey from the hospital to the community environment. Listening to parents gives us a greater understanding of their experiences and needs, including effective communication, empathy and an appreciation of what matters to them. By working in partnership with Neonatal Parent Voices, Lincolnshire’s neonatal pathway has flourished.

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