Rana K Limbo

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It is a well-established fact that nutrition is central to the growth and development of all infants. Yet it has been observed that health care professionals are frequently unfamiliar with the most typical infant feeding practices of the clients within the communities they attempt to serve. This observation was apparent during the development of a program(More)
Relationship is a central concept to the delivery of quality perinatal bereavement care. This article explores relevant bereavement research and clinically based writings about relationship in the care of families experiencing perinatal loss. Focusing on relationship provides a framework to guide interventions that will be perceived as meaningful and(More)
Rituals provide meaning and order to transitions, and symbolically connect people and events. Despite the prevalence of perinatal loss (miscarriage, stillbirth, and newborn death) and pediatric deaths, little has been written about the use of rituals surrounding these losses. The purpose of this article is to define the dimensions of a ritual as each(More)
OBJECTIVE Explore the feasibility, usefulness, and outcomes of a pilot program to support mothers in developing competencies for managing health problems of their very low birth-weight (VLBW) infants in partnership with the primary care clinician (PCC). DESIGN In a randomized study, mothers who received guided participation (GP) and printed guidelines for(More)
The effect of guided participation (GP) on premature infant and maternal feeding competencies was examined, controlling for infant, maternal, and family conditions. Competencies were examined longitudinally and within age (1, 4, 8, and 12 months post-term age) for 42 mother-infant pairs randomly assigned to either GP or Standard Care (SC) groups. The(More)
Adequate feeding is an area of concern for both clinicians and parents of very low-birth-weight, premature infants while in the special-care nursery and through at least the first postterm year. How feeding issues are labeled or described may make a difference in the effectiveness with which they are addressed by families and professionals. Internal working(More)
This article discusses an issue rarely seen in the professional literature: the tangible ways nurses can respect a woman's needs following miscarriage by ensuring the safe handling and disposition of fetal tissue or remains. Concepts of personhood, place, and protection are important for nurses to understand within the context of a woman's response to(More)
Nurses have a critical role in family development of competencies for giving care to very low birth-weight infants, However, current information-based methods of preparation may be inadequate for competency development. This article describes a continuing education program designed to strengthen nurses' support of families in developing caregiving(More)
The infant's complete dependence on others for protection and the young child's desire to explore the world puts them in harm's way without the caregiver's vigilance and commitment to practices that promote safety. Using a car seat, placing an infant in the supine position for sleep, and watching and monitoring a child's activities within the home are just(More)
This article explores the innovative approach of creating a perinatal palliative care service in an institution that already has a perinatal bereavement program. The proposed model focuses on the importance of establishing and maintaining relationship among and between nurses, other clinicians, and parents. The authors examine theoretical and clinical(More)