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TRANSITIONAL CARE OF LOW BIRTH WEIGHT INFANTS

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  • Christine Ann Whitby S.R.N., S.C.M.

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    • Christine Ann Whitby received general nursing training at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, and midwifery education at the British Hospital for Mothers and Babies in Woolich, London. She practiced for 2 years as a midwifery sister at Woolich, London, before taking a Neonatal Intensive Care Course at Cambridge Maternity Hospital. She then worked at the Cambridge Maternity Hospital as midwifery sister in charge. Since 1974, she has been the Nursing Officer of the Special Care Baby Unit in Cambridge.


The Rosie Maternity Hospital, Addenbrookes Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge, England CB2 2QQ.

ABSTRACT

The need to separate normal healthy newborns weighing less than 5.5 pounds from the restrictions of the Special Care Baby Units is frequently voiced by nursery staffs, postpartum units, and parents, alike. In Britain, midwives have been instrumental in instituting pilot projects to form transitional units for the care of mothers and their small babies, (1.8–2.5 kg or 3.14–5.8 lb birth weight).

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