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What are maternal observations?

What are maternal observations?

In maternity care, the completion of maternal observations refers to the measurement of women’s temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, during the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal period of maternity care [1,2,3].

What can you see a midwife for?

Midwives are trained and experienced health professionals Like OB-GYNs, many midwives can provide a broad range of women’s health services such as annual checkups, birth control and menopause care. But pregnancy, birth and postpartum care is what they’re most widely known for.

What is expected of a midwife?

Midwives support women and their families through pregnancy and labour and in the time immediately after birth. examining and monitoring pregnant women. assessing care requirements and writing care plans. undertaking antenatal care in hospitals, homes and GP practices.

What happens when a midwife examine you?

Examination by the midwife If you’re having a home birth, this examination will take place at home. The midwife will ask to: take your pulse, temperature and blood pressure, and check your urine. feel your abdomen to check the baby’s position, and record or listen to your baby’s heart.

What is established labour nice?

During labour, your cervix dilates (opens) so that your baby can pass through. When it has dilated to about 4 cm, you are said to be in established labour. Your contractions will come more often and get stronger as time goes on.

What is Meow chart?

In Kettering General Hospital, a modified early obstetric warning system (MEOWS) chart is used from 20 weeks gestation when the woman is admitted to maternity wards. Many pregnancy- specific conditions occur after the 20th week, e.g. pregnancy induced hypertension and gestational diabetes (Stables and Rankin, 2005).

When should I see midwife for first time?

Your first midwife appointment (also called the booking appointment) should happen before you’re 10 weeks pregnant. This is because you’ll be offered some tests that should be done before 10 weeks. If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant and have not seen a GP or midwife, contact a GP or midwife as soon as possible.

What does Established labour mean?

Established labour is when your cervix has dilated to about 4cm and regular contractions are opening your cervix. During the latent phase, it’s a good idea to have something to eat and drink because you’ll need energy for when labour is established.

What does a midwife do during antenatal care?

They are responsible for providing care and advice that will help you have the healthiest pregnancy possible. This means giving you all the information you need to make informed decisions about your care. During your antenatal care, your midwife will:

When do you see a midwife during pregnancy?

Your midwife’s role during pregnancy. Midwives will provide most of your antenatal care if you’re planning to give birth in a public maternity unit. You might also see a midwife during your appointments with a private obstetrician. For a planned home birth, you’ll probably see the same midwife (or a small team) throughout your pregnancy.

What do you need to know about certified midwives?

Only a few states permit CMs to practice. Certified professional midwives (CPMs) are non-nurse midwives who have training and clinical experience in childbirth, including childbirth outside of the hospital, and have passed a national exam.

How are community midwives different to other midwives?

Community midwives are more likely to work with you throughout your pregnancy, from your first appointment until care is taken over by a health visitor. More and more, midwives work both in the community and in hospitals so mums-to-be have continuity of care.

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