When a Baby Is Sent Away: Evidence to Support Best Practice After Neonatal Transport

Neonatal Netw. 2018 May 1;37(3):178-181. doi: 10.1891/0730-0832.37.3.178.


Every day neonates are transported from the birth hospital to a tertiary neonatal care center. Separation of mother and neonate in the hours immediately following birth interrupts the bonding process and can have long-term implications for the mother-child relationship. This article synthesizes the literature focused on mothers' experiences with a neonate being transported to a tertiary NICU and identifies evidence-based practices specific to these situations.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Birthing Centers
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Mother-Child Relations / psychology*
  • Mothers / psychology*
  • Neonatal Nursing / methods*
  • Nurse's Role
  • Object Attachment
  • Patient Transfer* / methods
  • Patient Transfer* / standards
  • Tertiary Care Centers