Healthcare is constantly advancing and adapting to provide the latest evidence-based care for patients and their families. This has become especially true with families deciding where they want to deliver their babies. Family-Centered Maternity Care (FCMC) has become the leading force behind providing care for women and their babies in the hospital setting (Zwelling & Phillips, 2001). One of the main nursing practices promoted under FCMC is that of mother-baby couplet care. The main goal of couplet care is to keep mothers and babies together throughout their hospital stay. This type of care also provides stability and consistency in nursing care by having one nurse for both patients. The goal is to keep mothers and babies together after a cesarean section delivery instead of separating until the mother is out of the operating room. Mothers who must deliver via cesarean section should be afforded the same benefits as mothers who have a vaginal delivery. After a vaginal delivery, the newborn is placed immediately on the mother’s chest to start skin to skin contact (SSC). This is not true for mothers who have a cesarean section. This program change will show to provide mothers who have a cesarean section delivery SSC with their newborn while still in the operating room. This process change will require educating the staff on how to implement SSC in the operating room. Once the staff has been educated, the program will be tracked for 90 days to evaluate the new process change. This evaluation will include the percentage of successful initiation of SSC in the operating room and how this change has affected the outcomes for both mothers and babies in this population.

Date of publication

Spring 5-1-2020

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Master in Nursing Administration

Included in

Nursing Commons