Pregnancy and Parenthoood Reflection

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Reflection according to Reid (1993) is “a process of reviewing an experience of practice in order to describe, analyse and evaluate and so inform learning from practice." It has been defined by many theorists and has been the subject of many books and journals. It is a form of self-assessment where student nurses are encouraged to analyse a situation to draw lessons learned for future practice (Price, 2005). I have given fictitious names on all that was involved to maintain confidentiality in adherence to the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) code for professional conduct (NMC, 2008). As a European Union requirement, student nurses need to complete the parenthood and pregnancy workbook during their nursing education. This is so they gain an understanding of pregnancy and its terminologies to help them identify the needs of a pregnant woman. My chosen scenario took place whilst I was on community placement on a day out with the Health Visitors. I went out on home visits in the morning and helped out with the baby clinic in the afternoon. One of the home visits was a six weeks post natal check and it’s this visit that I will reflect upon. This visit was our first one for the morning. On route, we met a translator and I was told that the family we are seeing are from Poland and spoke little English. Whilst in the car, the health visitor gave an overview on what she expects the visit to be. She shared that she anticipates that it will run smoothly and that there will be no problems at all. The translator also shared her company ethos and stated that they are non-biased and are honest in their work. When we got to the house, we introduced ourselves and with the help of the interpreter, proceeded with the visit. The mother explained that this baby is her fourth but is the first baby in this marriage. She answered questions calmly and confidently that even though she spoke in another language, it was clear that she was happy and she knew what she is...
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