This short resource summarises the work of NHS Improvement, frontline clinical experts, parents and baby charities to lever system-wide change and improvement by understanding preventable factors leading to full-term babies being admitted to neonatal units.
Admission to a neonatal unit can lead to unnecessary separation of mother and baby. There is overwhelming evidence that separating mother and baby at or soon after birth can affect the positive development of the mother-child attachment process and adversely affect maternal perinatal mental health.
Preventing separation except for compelling medical indications is essential in providing safe maternity services. NHS providers of maternal and neonatal care can use the resources to:
improve the safety of care
keep mothers and babies together whenever it’s safe to do so
identify local improvement priorities
develop an action plan to ensure any relevant resources are introduced into clinical practice