The Current Model Of Postnatal Care Provision

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The Current Model of Postnatal Care Provision Postnatal services in England are known as the 'Cinderella service ' of maternity care, with inadequate funding leading to a blackened area of care for women following childbirth (Bird, 2014; RCM, 2014). Furthermore, the National Maternity Review (2016) acknowledged these findings and proposed how an adequate level of service provision can be achieved, as getting the postnatal period right is crucial to future maternal and child well-being. Furthermore, three of the four studies critiqued within this theme exploring how the current model of postnatal care that midwives provide to women and their families influences the quality of the perineal care that is provided, were all in agreement in…show more content…
These findings are consistent with data provided by the RCM (2015), with only 32% of midwives being fully aware of the NICE (2006) postnatal care guideline. This demonstrates that these inconsistencies in care go further than just inadequate funding, but a clear lack of dissemination of research into practice. This, unfortunately, leads to a poorer quality of practice as some of the best evidence available is not informing clinical practice (Cluett, 2006; Ross, 2012; Guerrieri, 2012). Swain and Dahlen (2013) and East et al, (2012) used surveys to obtain data. Both studies explored the prevalence of perineal pain in the postnatal period, with Swain and Dahlen (2013) focusing on whether women 's pain can be reduced following the implementation of an evidence-based guideline focusing on the offering of regular pain relief. East et al, (2012) also investigated the pain-relieving effects of analgesia. The use of surveys was appropriate as the data numerical data was collected (Babbie, 2010). An experimental design would have been ethically incorrect, and, consequently the findings of the surveys used only demonstrate associations and not causal relationships (Dyson and Norrie, 2013). East et al, (2013) piloted their survey and had the questions peer reviewed prior to the surveys use. By performing these measures the author has enhanced the reliability and validity of
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