UMMC is in the last phase (Designation) of the 4-D pathway, in large part because of the tireless efforts of Bolaji and the Mother-Baby Care Team. She has worked with the obstetrics team to establish a Mother Baby Unit to support couplet care and rooming-in. She has also worked to establish the process of skin-to-skin immediately post-delivery. Lastly, there will be a well-baby clinic with lactation support for breastfeeding mothers post-discharge (available early 2016). There has been an increase in breastfeeding initiation rates among all mothers at UMMC and in particular mothers of the inborn extremely preterm infants admitted to their NICU, reports Bolaji.
When asked to share a piece of advice to others seeking to create change within a hospital, Bolaji recommends: “Read and read and embrace Kotter's 8 steps for leading change. A guiding coalition with a shared vision is crucial.”