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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 over half of maternal deaths occur during the first days, weeks, and months after childbirth. The most common yet preventable causes of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality include obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension, venous thromboembolism, infection and cardiac disease. During this time, mothers also are at risk for postpartum depression. Even healthy women who give birth are at risk for these complications.

The reality is that many women do not receive consistent messages or adequate guidance on identifying the warning signs of complications, or instructions about when, and where to obtain necessary medical attention.

We can save lives by helping women recognize potential life-threatening post-birth warning signs and educating them on when and how to obtain immediate medical attention.

 

POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Online Education

 

AWHONN has developed a standard approach to POST-BIRTH Warning Signs education. 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 online course educates postpartum nurses about the rising rates of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in the U.S., particularly in the postpartum period, and the role nurses can play in reversing this trend. 

 

POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Education Course

Cost

  • Member price: $29.00 USD
  • Non-member price: $49.00 USD

CNE Contact Hour(s)

0.6 contact hours available through 12/31/2018

Available Resources Included in the Course

  • Save Your Life (handout for parents)
  • Salva su Vida (Spanish)
  •  POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Discharge Education Checklist (for nurses)

Learn more about the POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Education Course

Make sure you are signed into the online learning center to obtain member pricing*

To find the course, click on "Catalog," then search for "Post-Birth"

 

Save Your Life Handouts (English and Spanish)

 

AWHONN allows clinicians to print copies of the Save Your Life handouts (both the English and Spanish versions) free of charge if the handout is being used as part of patient care and/or patient discharge education. 

 

Save Your Life (PDF)

Salva su Vida (PDF)

 

These handouts are not designed to act as stand-alone products, but as a resources provided after completion of the POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Education Course. 

 

Please view our FAQ page for more information on our Permissions Policy for  usage requests related to the Save Your Life handouts.  Other usages might include posting handouts on a web page, intranet, using in a presentation, or integrating into an electronic medical record. All of these requests would require a separate permission from AWHONN.

 

Coming Soon! Save Your Life Magnets and Magnet Templates

 

AWHONN will soon offer clinicians the ability to purchase Save Your Life Magnets or a Save Your Life Magnet Template.  At this time, both the magnet and magnet template will only be available in English. 

 

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.



POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Publications

 

The development of AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH Warning Signs is described in the below publications:

 

View the November-December 2016 JOGNN In Focus Series, which highlights nursing strategies to address maternal morbidity and mortality.  

Postpartum Discharge Education: Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Questions?

Please contact: Mitty Songer 

Associate Director of Product Sales
(304) 550-3984
msonger@awhonn.org

  
 
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