|Postpartum Discharge Education Program|
The postpartum period is a critical time to ensure women and their newborns are healthy. It is important to closely monitor a woman’s health during this recovery time – especially if she experienced complications during pregnancy or childbirth – as nearly half of maternal deaths occur during the first days and weeks after childbirth. The most common preventable causes of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality include obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension, venous thromboembolism, infection and cardiac disease. Even healthy women who give birth are at risk for these complications.
An Interview with a New Mother
Teaching all women to recognize potentially life-threatening signs of post-birth complications can save lives, as evidenced by this interview with a new mother who received this education from her postpartum nurse prior to hospital discharge.
AWHONN’s Postpartum Discharge Education Implementation Community
AWHONN has developed a standard approach to postpartum discharge education provided by nurses during the hospital stay. The program includes online education on maternal morbidity and mortality and how to deliver consistent messages about warning signs that can signal serious complications. The course also provides a discharge education checklist that includes points for nurses and a handout for all mothers to take home. The Implementation Community focuses on strategies for implementing this teaching n the hospital setting and integrating these tools into the hospital’s electronic medical record.
Members of the Implementation Community will help assess successes and challenges and identify best practices that facilitate implementation of the Postpartum Discharge Education Program in hospital maternity services.
Publications on AWHONN’s Postpartum Discharge Education Program
The development of AWHONN’s Postpartum Discharge Education Program is described in three peer-reviewed journals to date:
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