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Genesis and Journey of Family Centred Newborn Care: India Experience with Dr. (Prof.) Arti Maria

Date:  9 February 2018

Presenter:  Dr. (Prof.) Arti Maria MD DM (Neonatology), Consultant & Head Department of Neonatology, PGIMER & assoc.Dr. RML Hospital, New Delhi, India

Track 2:
 Patient Centred Care

What our Participants say...

"This webinar was very inspirational and educative. I most enjoyed the explanation of the different methods applied to ensure the success of FCC and the quality improvement strategies applied to it as well, and also the role of males in FCC. Thinking about the lives of babies that would have been saved by FCC is just overwhelming. Well done to everyone, Dr Maria Arti , ISQua team and everyone who has made this work. My knowledge base has increased significantly.””

Tina Adesina
Public Health Specialist, Nigeria


"This webinar gave an insight in the method to involve the mothers, parents in new born care in NICU setting. Also its most heartening to note that in the process the mothers get empowered. The care being provided by the mother almost like a health care provider. Really good presentation."

Dr. Rajiv Agarwal
Project Officer, India

About the Webinar

This webinar will describe how the concept of parental involvement in NICU birthed in 2007 as an innovation to overcome severe HR constraints at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of north India and how this anecdotal experience turned out with fringe benefits of sorts! The concept was translated into a culturally sensitive, structured, audio-visual training tool to build capacity of P-A to care for their sick neonate. Research and Evidence generation to document impact of the intervention was done. How the intervention was piloted for feasibility and impact evaluation in the community setting. Thereafter how the iterative learnings were adopted to develop a model of implementation framework for country scale up. Presently family centred care has become a choice method of care delivery in our unit. A palpable positive impact of FCC has been perceived with respect to all stakeholders, processes, systems and outcomes in health care. It is proposed that this innovation may revolutionise a paradigm shift in the way health care delivery needs to turn around. The challenges that we faced through this journey will be also discussed. 

Learning Objectives

i. Discuss the conceptual framework of family centred care in context of sick newborn care.
ii. Take the audience through the genesis and journey of family centred care to the present mature implementable model.
iii. Share the operational concept with the implementation framework.
iv. Discuss the iterative learning and challenges in implementation through this unique journey.
v. Briefly discuss the evidence generated so far (both quantitative and qualitative) and the status of implementation of the intervention.
vi. Benefits of FCC with implications for public health impact.

Intended Audience

This webinar is intended for neonatologists, pediatricians, pregnant women and their families as potential receivers of neonatal health care, administrators and policy makers involved in maternal and newborn health care systems, public health specialists and anyone interested in the concept of patient centred or family integrated care or family centred care.

About the Presenter

Dr Maria has been involved in neonatal care for more than 25 years. She innovated and pioneered the concept of Family Centred Care (FCC) in Neonatal Care in India. This work has been published and presented at national and international levels including Evidence live of BMJ.com at Oxford in 2013, Institutionalising Community Health Conference in Johannesburg in March 2017, and the KMC Accelerating Partnership meeting by USAID in Malawi in October 2017.

She has been the recipient of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and WHO fellowship awards. She trained in Medical Bioethics and Biostatistics for Health Research of Johns Hopkins University (JHU), Balitmore, USA (through online certificate course in 2009). As a MOH Government of India nominee, she participated in various national and international meetings including WHO Quality of Care Network launch for Maternal & Newborn health at Malawi in February 2017.  

She has presented papers at various international and national events. She has various publications to her credit, authored resource materials and chapters in different books. She has also been a central coordinating team member with IndiaCLEN, and participated in various public health projects. She is a national trainer for NRP, IMnCI, FBNC. In addition, she has been a reviewer of some national and international pediatric journals and she has successfully organized national and international conferences and workshops.