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Perinatal Care in the Eastern Caribbean

Eastern Caribbean
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This can only help to improve the quality of care provided and result in better patient outcomes.

Dr. Sheree Mair, Pediatrician, St. Kitts & Nevis

From Bill Richter, Program Director - Capacity Building

On Thursday, December 10, World Pediatric Project convened perinatal caregivers in the Eastern Caribbean for the final quarterly videoconference on perinatal care in 2020.

The conference featured a presentation from Dr. Jozan Brathwaite of a case of gastroschisis treated at her hospital. Dr. NaTisha Robinson, an Obstetrician and Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialist at Queen Elizabeth hospital in Barbados addressed considerations for antenatal diagnosis and preparing for delivery of a baby with abdominal wall defects. Physician Assistant Sue Ameiss gave a brief tutorial on how to prepare a baby with gastroschisis for transport within the hospital or to another center.
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Dr. Justin Josephsen and Dr. Jozan Brathwaite also presented an update on a proposed quality improvement initiative on neonatal sepsis, including an overview of the baseline assessment survey to be distributed in early 2021.

Dr. Brathwaite remarked, “It was quite an honour to share our experience with the rest of the region knowing that we all share similar challenges and circumstances. There's so much more comfort knowing that you are not alone in your struggles! These meetings are so valuable to us as they allow us to refine our processes and in doing so will facilitate better neonatal outcomes amongst the OECS states, we are quite elated that this platform for sharing now exists.”

Dr. Sheree Mair, a pediatrician from St. Kitts & Nevis commented, “The sessions are indeed valuable as they provide a forum for us to learn from each other. This can only help to improve the quality of care provided and result in better patient outcomes.”
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Dr. Na Tisha Robinson agreed, saying “I think this regional meeting of the neonatal community is very valuable as it 1) educates on pathologies infrequently met in our individual countries. We learn from the experiences of others and are better prepared for when we meet these conditions in our own practices. 2) We learn where resources are available in the Caribbean and other countries - broadening a network that we can rely on in emergencies.”

The virtual conferences will continue in 2021 and beyond as WPP continues to bring together experts from the Caribbean and the United States to improve outcomes for vulnerable newborns. We are grateful to the physicians, nurses, and allied hospitals who give of their time and expertise to make this partnership possible!