Some mothers need extra medical care during pregnancy – in addition to their clinic visits.
Depending on the situation and needs, an AROGYAKIRAN Nurse can come to your home. Visits are typically once or twice a week, but can be daily, if needed. Your family and others in your support system are welcome to be part of each visit.
Postnatal care or PNC is specialized care for the mother that starts within an hour after the delivery and lasts through the following six to eight weeks.
The care includes the prevention, elimination, early detection and cure of health complications (if any), counselling on breastfeeding, immunization, an interactive session on the importance of birth spacing and maternal nutrition, etc. After the delivery, the mother goes through many changes that can be physical and emotional while they learn to take care of their newborn. Therefore, postpartum or postnatal care involves getting proper rest, nutrition, and vaginal care for the mother for a quicker recovery.
Why is Postnatal Care important?
Postnatal care for women is essential after the delivery, keeping labour and birth in account. It is designed according to a woman’s individual needs and preferences and aims to create a supportive environment for the new mother and her baby where even the families are involved. Here, the families are guided by professionals to take care of the mother, and the baby and also the mothers are taught how to care for her baby and themselves.
An essential element to postnatal care is midwifery care. If everything is well with the mother and the baby and depending on the type of birth, she is discharged home between 6-24 hours after delivery to the care of the community midwifery team. The midwives and/or the support workers are helping the mother adjust to her life with the new baby, helping her with feeding and baby care as well as giving her emotional support.
A few of the postnatal midwifery services include:
Assists the mother with breastfeeding
Advice and supports the mother throughout the postnatal care
Provides physical and emotional support to the new mother
Will arrange for the full examination of baby, screening tests and hearing test if required