Secondary Prevention Methods For Expecting Mothers

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2.2 Secondary Prevention Prenatal care also includes many types of secondary prevention methods for expecting mothers. Keeping records of an expecting mother’s weight and blood pressure throughout pregnancy to make sure they are within the recommended range helps catch issues early. The expecting mother can have her blood tested to check for certain genetic markers that would detect certain diseases in the fetus to include, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, and tay-sachs disease (Kirkham, Harris, & Grzybowski, 2005). Ultrasonography is a common screening test utilized to check the structural integrity of the child in the womb, and can also detect abnormalities such as indicators of down syndrome. During prenatal visits, routine blood tests will indicate basic liver and kidney function as well as indicate if the expecting mother has any anemias, which can then be treated (Kirkham, Harris, & Grzybowski, 2005). Ghana has a referral system in place in which a health care provider can send a patient who is having complications to a facility that will be better able to meet the patient’s needs. Even though Ghana Health Services created a protocol for how referrals should be made and carried out, many health facilities do not adhere to recommendations, and thus, the patients suffer. Many times the facility is far away and transportation is an issue, as many patients are not taken by ambulance, and without a healthcare worker present. Lack of communication between

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