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Blumenfeld says the nurse’s role is just as much about hand-holding and listening. Women will look to nurses for guidance on a range of question and emotions:
What massage will work?
Why can’t I eat?
Be sure to watch the mother’s face to understand how she’s managing her contractions.
Educate her on all of her options.
Look her in the eye.
Blumenfeld stresses that understanding the expectant mother’s frame of mind from the moment she sets foot in the exam room can make all the difference. As her nurse, focus on providing exceptional care and making sure her experience is the best it can be, with all the knowledge and tools at your disposal.
I want my visit to be more than 10 minutes long.
I don’t want to feel rushed.
I don’t want to leave with unanswered questions or doubts.
I want to give birth in a manner that makes me feel amazing and empowered.
You’ve prepared for years and years in nursing school to be the best nurse on the planet. The mother has come up with a birth plan to address every conceivable aspect of her pregnancy.
D’oh! Often times a new nurse will immediately become consumed with getting what she needs, such as the initial tracings, paperwork and admission questions.
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Please ask to see the birth plan or what the couple has in the plan as soon as they enter your care! Seems simple enough, but surprisingly, this easy step can be overlooked and can cause confusion and anxiety.
"Remember that this is the most important day/event in the lives of the parents-to-be, and not to lose sight of this," says Whitehead. "As people working around labor, birth and new babies every day, it’s very easy for us to become desensitized to the experience."
"Though as a nurse, you know and have witnessed that bad things can happen, when a normal, low-risk mom-to-be enters the hospital to give birth, she should not be unnecessarily told or reminded of this fact," says Whitehead.
"If a couple has a strong desire to have a drug-free, natural birth, please do not undercut their wishes by dangling the carrot," says Whitehead.
Whitehead’s advice: "If the parents-to-be have chosen the support of a doula, please back them in that decision. A good doula is there to help you do your job better and more easily. Though ultimately she is there to help the parents achieve their birth plan, she does understand that things can change. On the other side, an attentive doula will also request (and challenge gently) certain areas she feels will benefit her client, such as mobility with a wireless tocodynamometer or a birth ball to help manage contractions."
Even for nurses who have been on the other side of the birth plan, it’s easy to lose sight of the patient experience—especially on those crazy busy shifts when you barely have a moment to think. New nurses may be exposed to different opinions during clinicals from nurses on the floor.