Fire Chief Puts Baby Skin-to-Skin

Posted June 09, 2015 by NICHQ

One nurse at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital has taken spreading evidence-based maternity care practices to a new level—well, more accurately, a new place: a home delivery.

Maria C. Hayes, RN, the project lead of the hospital’s improvement team participating in the NICHQ led New York State Breastfeeding Quality Improvement in Hospitals (BQIH) Collaborative, recently shared this great story.

“We have a nurse who is also a volunteer fire chief. She attended a call for a woman in labor. The baby ended up being delivered at home and the nurse immediately placed the baby skin-to-skin and explained to mom this was the best place for her baby. The EMTs in attendance had never seen this before. Enroute to the hospital the baby found mom's breast and started to nurse! Mom was thrilled and so were the EMTs. They learned a valuable lesson about skin-to-skin contact.”

Keep up the great work, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital!




To learn more about NICHQ's breastfeeding work, visit the breastfeeding section of our website.


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