Originally published in 1983, in the two decades prior to publication, specialised neonatal units for the treatment of sick or preterm babies had been set up in most major neonatal centres. In the early years these units did little to prevent separation of parents and babies and evidence accumulated of the ill effects of this situation. In addition, we had gradually become aware of the difficulties of building a relationship with a sick or immature baby even under more ideal circumstances.
This book, in a series of authoritative review chapters, sets out to describe the process by which social relationships develop after birth and the ways in which this process may be distorted by separation, the condition of the baby or by the process of medical treatment. Experienced practitioners describe practical steps which may be taken to support parents and foster their relationship with their babies in treatment situations. The final section of the book examines the organisation of neonatal care in a number of widely different settings and indicates that diverse approaches may be successful in achieving the same ends.
Preface. Contributors. Part 1: Theoretical Background 1. Martin P.M. Richards Parent-Child Relationships: Some General Considerations 2. F.S.W. Brimblecombe Evolution of Special Care Baby Units 3. John A. Davis Ethical Issues in Neonatal Intensive Care 4. R.A.K. Jones The Development of ex-SCBU Babies Part 2: Practical Management of Parent-Baby Interaction in Neonatal Units. J.A. Davis, M.P.M. Richards and N.R.C. Roberton Introduction 5. D.M. Campbell, G.M. Gandy and N.R.C. Roberton Which Babies Need Admission to Special Care Baby Units? 6. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell An Evaluation of Interventions in the Premature Nursery 7. Nicola C.S. Jacques, J.T. Hawthorne Amick and M.P.M Richards Parents and the Support they Need 8. Jean Boxall and Chris Whitby The Role of the Nurse in Mother-Baby Interaction 9. Sheldon B. Korones The Role of Social Workers in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit - Views of a Neonatalogist 10. Roberta Siegal, Edward Goldson, Perry M. Butterfield and L. Joseph Butterfield Management of Family Problems Arising in Referral Units 11. Helen Bender and Alison Swan-Parente Psychological and Psychotherapeutic Support of Staff and Parents in an Intensive Care Baby Unit 12. Chloe Fisher and J.D. Baum Breast Feeding for Very Low Birthweight Babies 13. Marshall Klaus and John Kennell Care for the Family of an Infant with a Congenital Malformation 14. Gillian C. Forrest Mourning Perinatal Death 15. D.P. Davies and F.M. Derbyshire Discharging Pre-term Babies from Neonatal Units Part 3: Case Studies of Routines Used in Neonatal Units J.A. Davis, M.P.M. Richards and N.R.C. Roberton Introduction 16. D.H. Garrow Special Care Without Separation: High Wycombe, England 17. C. Whitby, C.M. de Cates and N.R.C. Roberton Neonatal Care in the Cambridge Unit 18. Jorge Torres Pereyra The Sotero del Rio Hospital, Santiago, Chile 19. Samuel Wayburne Soweto, South Africa: The Care of Newborn Infants in a Developing Community 20. Peter de Chateau Stockholm: Sweden: The Small Baby Not Requiring Intensive Care 21. Francine Lefebvre and Harry Bard Montreal, Canada: Early Discharge of Pre-term Newborn Infants Part 4: The Future 22. J.A. Davis, M.P.M. Richards and N.R.C. Roberton The Future. Appendix: Joanna T. Hawthorne Amick A Guide for Parents of Babies in the Special Care Baby Unit. Subject Index. Author Index.