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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-547
JournalBritish Journal of Midwifery
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


Neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia or jaundice is a relatively common
condition in newborn babies presenting with changes to eythrocyte
metabolism after day three of life. Early onset jaundice is less common
and arises on day one from a pathological process. This paper outlines
a case study of a baby presenting with this condition due to ABO blood
group incompatibility who was admitted from the postnatal ward to the
neonatal unit (NNU). The article will focus on the period after initial
interventions on admission to the NNU and the ongoing care issues
thereafter. Both clinical and psychoemotional care issues for the
baby and family are raised. It is important that midwives understand
what care is delivered during the neonatal unit stay so that they can
empathise and assist with family coping strategies following the
separation of baby from the parents at an often emotionally charged

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