Kajsa Brimdyr

Kajsa Brimdyr
Union Institute and University

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Dr. Kajsa Brimdyr is an experienced ethnographer, researcher and international expert in the implementation of continuous, uninterrupted skin to skin in the first hour after birth. She is the Lead Ethnographic Researcher for Healthy Children Project, Inc., a non-profit, NGO agency and was Professor in Maternal Child Health at Union Institute and University for more than 15 years. She is a published author in peer reviewed journals. She is the award winning director, videographer and producer of educational documentaries including the Happy Birth Day series, The Magical Hour: Holding Your Baby for the First Hour After Birth, produced with Ann-Marie Widström and Kristin Svensson, and together the three also created and produced the groundbreaking DVD Skin to Skin in the First Hour after Birt
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June 1996 - present
Healthy Children Project
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Healthy Children Project: a non-profit research and educational institution dedicated to improving child health outcomes through Education: Offering lactation training programs for novices & professionals Collaboration: Working together to create meaningful change in care delivery Research: Designing & implementing collaborative inquiry to solve practical dilemmas incorporating evidence-based protocols and solutions Consulting: Developing and implementing community-specific strategies

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Publications (17)
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Background: According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Greenhouse Gas emissions must decline by around 45% by 2030 and reach net zero in 2050. Biofuels, solar, and wind energy are obvious choices for reduction of the 75% of emissions from the energy sector (including transportation), but making reductions in the remaining 25%, the...
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Incorporating systematic evidence with clinical expertise is a key element in the quest to improve quality of care and patient outcomes. The evidence supporting skin‐to‐skin contact in the first hour after birth is robust and includes significantly improved outcomes for both mother and infant. This paper compares available iterative data about newb...
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We hypothesize that the competence of a newborn in the first hours after birth is the direct result of behavior training that begins during the first 12 weeks of fetal life. Correlation of Widström's 9 Instinctive Stages (behaviors of the full-term newborn during the first hours after birth) with the developmental movements during fetal life demons...
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Background Uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mothers and newborns during the first hour after birth has been reported to be 2% in Uganda. Aims To investigate if a low-cost intervention targeting the behaviors of hospital staff would increase skin-to-skin contact and to investigate whether skin-to-skin contact stabilised temperature in the...
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Background: Skin-to-skin contact after birth between mother and baby has immediate and long-term advantages. Widström's 9 Stages of Newborn Behavior offer an opportunity to evaluate a baby in the natural, expected and optimal habitat. Intrapartum drugs, including fentanyl administered via epidural and synthetic oxytocin (synOT), have been studied...
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Aim This paper integrates clinical expertise to earlier research about the behaviors of the healthy, alert, full‐term infant placed skin‐to‐skin with the mother during the first hour after birth following a non‐instrumental vaginal birth. Method This state‐of‐the‐art article forms a link within the knowledge‐to‐action cycle, integrating clinical o...
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Article is available here: https://sciencetrends.com/fentanyl-and-the-fetus-does-analgesic-exposure-during-labor-predispose-babies-to-recreational-fentanyl-drug-addiction-later-in-life/
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Background: Although the benefits of immediate, continuous, uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact (SSC) and early breastfeeding have been widely researched and confirmed, the challenge remains to improve the consistency of this practice. Fewer than half of newborns worldwide are breastfed in the first hour. Design: Cross-sectional descriptive study...
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Drug poisoning deaths have more than doubled in the United States since 2000 with fentanyl and fentanyl analogues primarily responsible for the jump in opioid deaths. Robust data indicate a convincing correlation between the exposure of the fetus to other labor medications (morphine, pethidine hydrochloride, barbiturates, phenobarbitone, meperidine...
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The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative is an assessment process designed to facilitate an ongoing national appraisal of progress toward the goals of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)/World Health Organization (WHO) Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. More than 80 countries have completed this national assessment, includ...
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The importance of breastfeeding as a public health priority has increased as new research reinforces the health benefits to both mother and nursling, even continuing years after weaning. However, many women do not nurse as long as they intend. Birth practices such as labor medications and the routine separation of mother and baby are two of the sev...
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Evidence supporting the practice of skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding soon after birth points to physiologic, social, and psychological benefits for both mother and baby. The 2009 revision of Step 4 of the WHO/UNICEF “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” elaborated on the practice of skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her newly born...
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Background: Intrapartum drugs, including fentanyl administered via epidural and synthetic oxytocin, have been previously studied in relation to neonatal outcomes, especially breastfeeding, with conflicting results. We examined the normal neonatal behavior of suckling within the first hour after a vaginal birth while in skin-to-skin contact with mo...
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The authors used realistic evaluation to examine the real-world effectiveness of two 5-day training techniques on sustained optimal skin-to-skin practices that support Step 4 of the revised Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI). The authors found that education alone was insufficient to effect sustainable practice change. Exposure to the 5-day i...
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Skin-to-skin care after birth often is absent, interrupted, or delayed for routine procedures. The purposes of this project were to improve skin-to-skin care and exclusive breastfeeding at hospital discharge. For Part 1, we used a descriptive observational design, with video-ethnography and interaction analysis (PRECESS-Practice, Reflection, Educat...
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Health-promotion goals include increasing the duration of breastfeeding because of its irrefutable advantages to the mother and baby, society, and the environment. However, many mothers experience painful, sore nipples during breastfeeding and stop nursing before they intended (Livingstone & Stringer, 1999). The experimental trial described in this...
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In recognition of the irrefutable disadvantages of not breastfeeding to the mother, baby, society and the environment, increasing the duration of breastfeeding has become a focus of national and international health objectives. However, many mothers experience such painful sore nipples that they stop breastfeeding before they intended. The purpose...

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