What is post-natal care?
Post natal care is when your midwife visits you at home after you have gone home after having your baby. Your midwife will ensure that mother and baby are doing fine. She will continue to visit you and your baby whenever necessary. Your doctor will also need to come and see you when your baby is five to seven days old to check that you are both recovering well from the birth. You will need to telephone the surgery to request a visit from your doctor because they can’t just turn up unexpected. During the first few weeks after birth, both your midwife and health visitor will be able to offer advice and support. The Role of 4 Health Care Professionals:
Midwife: The word midwife means ‘with woman’. Midwifes are qualified to look after a pregnant woman and her baby throughout the antenatal care period, during labour and birth, and for up to 28 days after the baby has been born. As long as everything is normal, a midwife can provide all your care and tell you everything you need to know. It is important that you and your midwife have a good relationship. You need to work together and she needs to support you in all your choices. In order to help you give birth, your midwife needs to be respectful. This will help to make you feel safe and you will be able to relax. Health Visitor: Health visitors help people to stay healthy and avoid illnesses. They are involved with families with children under the age of five. Their role is to offer support and encouragement to families through the early years from pregnancy and birth. Most health visitors work alongside midwives, preparing parents for the birth of their baby. They can give advice on the child’s growth & development, if they have any common skin problems, the child may experience behaviour difficulties this could be; sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething. They can help you with breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise. Some mothers may go through postnatal depression, bereavement and violence in the family, this is something that a health visitor can also try to get you through and give you support and advice. They are involved in organising and running baby clinics, health promotion groups, breast feeding support groups, parent support groups and parenting courses. GP:Six weeks after birth is when mothers will go and visit there GP. They have to examine the baby to ensure that the baby is healthy and that the baby isn’t experiencing any problems. Usually after this time mothers are left alone for them and their baby to settle into life. If the mother has any problems they can always come back to the GP or see their health visitor. Paediatrician:A paediatrician is a doctor who provides specialist medical care and deals with the growth, development and the health of infants and children and teenagers. They are a doctor who specialises in children’s illnesses. The formalities the new mother can expect to complete.
Whoever is taking care of you whether it is your doctor or your midwife; they will notify you to the local authority. This usually happens within 36 hours. You have to register your baby where you will give your baby a name. After you have done this you will get a birth certificate so that babies can register with a GP they will receive a medical card. A Health Visitor has many different roles including; providing support at baby clinics, gives advice about minor ailments, temper tantrums, provides advice about feeding a baby, explains post natal exercises, supports emotional needs, gives information about immunisations, checks developmental progress of babies, advices the mother about her diet. Tests for the baby:
Between 5 minutes of the baby being born they have to check the babies APGAR score. Check
Pink and Blue
Below 100 Beats A Minute
Over 100 Beats A Minute
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