Infant Journal
for neonatal and paediatric healthcare professionals

‘GO to Mum’: a QI project to keep mothers and babies together

This article presents a quality improvement (QI) project aimed at keeping mothers and babies together after delivery. The effectiveness of QI interventions in reducing the number of short-stay transfers of newborn term babies to the neonatal unit (NNU) due to grunting respirations is reviewed. An inter-departmental collaborative approach is described that resulted in the development of a novel programme to facilitate the safe monitoring of term newborn babies with grunting respirations in the labour and postnatal ward with their parents, averting transfer to the NNU.

Lavinia E. Raeside
Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Rhona Wilson
Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner

Julie Gallagher
Charge Midwife, Labour Ward

Lesley Jackson
Consultant Neonatologist

Neonatal Unit, Royal Hospital for Children, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow

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quality improvement; term respiratory admissions; maternal-infant separation
Key points
  1. The implementation of evidence-based best practice resulted in a significant reduction in babies transferred to the NNU for short-stay review due to grunting respirations.
  2. This prevented unnecessary separation of mother and baby following delivery.

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