Labor and Delivery Unit Observation Report Essay

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The labor and delivery unit is an amazing place filled with pleasant, friendly, and knowledgeable staff members that help bring miracles into this world. The client population on the unit consisted of patients ranging in age. The patients were 16, 17, 21, and 35 years old. The staff members on the unit worked consistently well with each other. They were nonjudgmental about all client situations. There were women at all different stages of life in the unit. They were all culturally diverse some had a very large open close knit family where others had a small private family present. For some it was there very first child and wanted it to be their last; for others it was not their first and they had several other children. The staff seemed…show more content…
In October of 2012 she was hospitalized for several issues. She was diagnosed with a UTI, GERD, gastroenteritis, dehydration, hematuria, and pyelonephritis. She also currently has cysts on her ovaries and hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is a syndrome in which the anterior pituitary does not produce enough progesterone to maintain the corpus luteum in the ovaries. The corpus luteum is required to maintain pregnancy, it must remain alive in order to keep the uterine lining intact. When the corpus luteum dies the uterine lining is shed and the pregnancy is terminated. The patient took shots and then oral medication of progesterone in order to keep the corpus luteum alive to maintain the pregnancy. She was also group B strep positive for which she took intravenous antibiotics of vancomycin before delivery of her infant. It is standard protocol to provide prenatal screening for Group B strep in order to determine whether the baby is at risk for it. This screening process has significantly decreased the number of complications (Goins et al., 2010). The client remained in the latent phase of the first stage of labor for the duration of her labor. She did not progress any farther than this stage and phase due to the fetal distress noted after the artificial rupture of her membranes. Maternal Child Nursing states that during the first stage latent phase of labor more effacement occurs than descent. This was true for my patient; she effaced

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