Personal Connection : A For A Maternity Center For Over 3.5 Years Now As A Certified Nursing Assistant

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Personal Connection: I have worked in a maternity center for over 3.5 years now as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Through my experience I have witnessed first-hand the impact of maternal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use during pregnancy has on newborns. It makes me wonder if certain interventions took place during a woman’s pregnancy, then maybe her likelihood of engaging in substance use would cease or decrease. I frequently concern myself with how these often new mothers will manage both their baby’s care as well as their own when they leave the hospital. Some women I care for come from homes where they have been abused, the father of the baby is not involved in their lives, or they lack any other form of social support. I specifically remember a teen couple that was going through their first pregnancy together. However, her pregnancy wasn’t what any new parents could expect to prepare for. She was expecting a set of twins, both of which were IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction), and were expected to have some form of mental disability. Their family background was also of concern to the couple. Aside from the parents being young teens, both of their families were struggling financially with some members even homeless. Although they had the best intentions for their babies, they lacked basic prenatal and newborn education. They only stayed on the antepartum unit for a couple days before they were transferred back to their home state where she had been receiving

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