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126562 - Evidence-based care of mothers and babies: gaps and controversies ONLINE WORKSHOP

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This activity is comprised of online videos of the workshop "Evidence-based care of mothers and babies: gaps and controversies". The workshop examines the evidence-base to Neuroprotective Developmental Care ('The Possums Programs'), and offers an overview of clinical approaches across the domains of breastfeeding, cry-fuss and sleep problems. It is a pre-requisite for accreditation in Neuroprotective Developmental Care.

Relevance to General Practice

Parents complain of receiving a great deal of conflicting advice when they seek help for unsettled infant behaviour or breastfeeding problems, which exacerbates anxiety. Underlying breastfeeding problems often remain unidentified, even by breastfeeding support professionals, and the baby’s behaviours are typically inappropriately medicalised with diagnoses of reflux, oral ties (in the absence of classic tongue-tie), air swallowing, wind, lactose intolerance or allergy. 20% of families in the first few months of life present with excessive crying, but doctors report they’ve not been adequately trained to manage cry-fuss problems. In addition, the most commonly applied sleep-training approaches to parent-baby sleep problems have been shown in three systematic reviews to not decrease night-waking. Community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care offers systematic and evidence-based responses to these challenges, including gestalt breastfeeding and the Possums Infant Sleep Intervention.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify two signs of infant positional instability during breastfeeding
  • Describe one element in each of the five domains of a Neuroprotective Developmental Care approach to a baby who cries and fusses
  • Detail 3 points of difference between a first wave behavioural (sleep training) approach and the NDC (Possums) approach to parent-infant sleep
  • Describe when it is appropriate to perform or refer for infant frenotomy
  • Describe the steps your practice will take to ensure newborns with breastfeeding problems are seen the same day or within 24 hours
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    126562 - Evidence-based care of mothers and babies: gaps and controversies ONLINE WORKSHOP
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