Last week, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center held a one-day conference on continuity of care to mark the first anniversary of the opening of the initial well-baby clinic service at the hospital. Reminder: Hillel Yaffe was the first hospital in Israel to operate the initial well-baby clinic service in the Maternity Ward.
This is the first time that a joint one-day conference between Hillel Yaffe Medical Center and the Hadera Health Office was held. The day, which was organized by Ms. Orly Basis, Clinical Supervisor at Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, was dedicated to the importance of continuity of care for new mothers and infants. Dozens of participants, including physicians, supervisors, nurses from the Public Health Services, the hospital administration, Maternity Ward staff, were in attendance.
The conference organizers from Hillel Yaffe Medical Center and Hadera Health Office
At the start of the meeting, Ms. Dina Fainblat, Director of Nursing at Hillel Yaffe said, “The Maternity Ward puts the new mothers and infants first and works day and night to provide them with the most professional conditions, services and treatments. The initial well baby clinic service was developed based on thinking about how to streamline services for the new mother. New mothers are frequently discharged from the hospital after two or three days, still in pain, emotional and confused, inexperienced, especially if this is her first child, and doesn't know what to do. The first meeting at the well-baby clinic in the Maternity Ward gives her the tools she needs to go home feeling confident and knowing whom she needs to contact.”
Then, Dr. Ohad Hochman, Deputy Director of the medical center, thanked everyone who took part in leading the project and explained the complexity and difficulty in maintaining continuity of care in the public health service system. “The opening of a well-baby clinic in the Maternity Ward facilitates continuity of care in this regard. The mother is treated at the hospital from the pregnancy, delivery and afterwards, and the first meeting with the well-baby clinic inside the ward, is a natural progression, continuing the continuity of care for the new mother, providing her with knowledge and tools she needs, even when she is discharged home.
Later in the day, a variety of lectures on diverse subjects were given, including the process of establishing the initial well-baby clinic at Hillel Yaffe, the Zero Separation project, which allows the new mother to remain with her baby from the time of birth through discharge, genetic testing during pregnancy, prevention of infections in the infants, important issues when discharging a preterm infant, and more.