Antenatal Notes On Prenatal Care

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Antenatal Notes: All appointments and tests made by the health care professionals will be recorded these are known as antenatal notes. The mother should carry her notes with her through-out her pregnancy so that if anything were to happen to her the doctors would have the correct information. The hospital and midwife may have duplicate copies. By 28 weeks, the hospital will expect the mother to have a bed booked for a hospital delivery. Postnatal Care: NCT State that, “The quality of postnatal care provided to women and families in the first days and weeks after birth can have a significant impact on their experience of the transition to parenthood.” The needs of the mother and her family determine the…show more content…
The ‘baby blues’: Once a baby is born the mother’s hormones will be changing the mother may therefore feel weepy or flat. Baby blues should pass after a few days and is more common in first-time mothers. Post-natal depression (PND): PND usually develops within the first month after the baby’s birth. The mother will show similar symptoms to those seen in ‘ordinary’ depression such as; feeling low, resentful, angry, constantly tired, tense and anxious or feeling unable to cope and suffering with a loss of appetite. There are various treatments for post-natal depression such as; talking about the problem with a health visitor, getting extra support or medication. A short time after the baby is born a post-natal check will be carried out by a hospital doctor the mother will have various checks such as; weight, urine test, blood pressure, perineal check and rubella immunity. When the baby turns six weeks old a check will be carried out at the same time as the mother. The baby’s heart will be listened to, their weight be measure and their general behaviour noted. The mother will be asked about any problems and the information will be recorded on the Personal Child Health Record (PCHR). An example of an extreme nature theorist is Bowlby (1969) and his theory of attachment. Bowlby believed that all mental health and behavioural problems could be linked to early childhood health. Bowlby’s theory suggests that all children
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