Another Eventful Week on Maternity Ward

It was good to see the twins discharged at the end of the week: the second baby was hastily delivered with the vacuum extraction (Kiwi cap) after the cord prolapsed. Although initially in need of resuscitation, he responded well.
A post-natal mother was admitted after 2 weeks with the most terrible breast abscess. It became apparent that her breast feeding technique was very poor, underlying the importance of the World Health Organisation baby friendly initiative. This seeks to encourage the best environment into which the baby is born, including skin-to-skin contact with the mother immediately after delivery and a good breast feeding technique. As nearly all mothers do breast feed here, it is an ideal situation to encourage good practice and so protect the babies from illness in the early months of life.

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