Welcoming Babies: Challenges and Opportunities in the Hospital Setting

While a low risk, gentle, peaceful birth in a homelike setting is everyone’s goal, it is not always possible. As a neonatologist, I am only called to a birth when things go wrong, and yet, there is much we can do to prevent and minimize birth trauma even under non-ideal circumstances. Learning about prenatal and perinatal principles and practices has completely changed the ways I interact with both well babies and preterm or sick babies. In this presentation I will share personal examples of how this knowledge has made a tangible difference for babies and parents, and how it has transformed the ways doctors and nurses in our hospital care for babies. Together, we will discuss how to bring knowledge of prenatal and perinatal psychology to a broader community of hospital-based neonatal healthcare providers to create a paradigm shift in the ways we view, interact with, and treat babies and a global change in neonatal care. Please bring examples of successful ways you have applied prenatal and perinatal psychology to birth in the hospital setting.

About Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, Dr. Phillips received a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP Certified as an Preterm Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis. She completed her Pediatric Residency and Neonatology Fellowship at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, CA and is currently an attending neonatologist in the NICU at the same hospital as well as Medical Director of Neonatal Services and Pediatric Department Chair at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta in Murrieta, CA. Dr. Phillips is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She will be the 2021 President of the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. Her primary areas of interest, research, & publications are mother-infant bonding & attachment, breastfeeding education & support, and neuroprotective family-centered developmental care of hospitalized infants.

Posted on January 20, 2021 by Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP