Keeping mothers and babies together should be the cornerstone of newborn care. Neonatal Transitional Care (NTC) supports resident mothers as primary care providers for their babies with care requirements in excess of normal newborn care, but who do not require to be in a neonatal unit (NNU).
Implementation of NTC has the potential to prevent thousands of admissions annually to UK neonatal units, and also to provide additional support for small and/or late preterm babies and their families. NTC also helps to ensure a smooth transition to discharge home from the neonatal unit for sick or preterm babies who have spent time in a neonatal unit, often at some considerable distance from home.
Following consultation with midwifery, nursing, obstetric and neonatal medical staff, and parent representative organisations, BAPM has compiled this Framework for Practice for the provision of NTC in the UK.