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Postnatal care 

Postnatal care
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Postnatal care
Author(s):

Janet Medforth

, Linda Ball

, Angela Walker

, Sue Battersby

, and Sarah Stables

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198754787.003.0024
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date: 14 October 2019

The principles of postnatal care within this chapter focus on the midwife’s role in monitoring the well-being of the mother through knowledge of the physiological processes of involution of the uterus and the return of the circulatory and excretory systems to their normal parameters. Care of the perineum management of perineal pain and monitoring for any signs of infection or sub-involution are included. The psychological and emotional aspects of postnatal recovery are incorporated, along with parent education, post-operative care, and the subsequent care of women who suffer from a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes.

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