We know that besides educating new mothers at the bedside, print materials should be provided at the time of discharge to be used as a reference. New mothers can be exhausted, overwhelmed, and just need the reassurance they are “doing things right”.
You will make an educational flier, brochure, or pamphlet that will be included in the postpartum client’s discharge materials. Each of the following topics should be included and the information should be obtained from ATI (book, skills modules):
Perineal care Breast care Breastfeeding Nutrition Reportable symptoms (maternal)
Use terms the public can understand, you are not creating this for me! Be sure to make your material attractive as the family will be referring to it!
Please create an educational discharge flier or pamphlet for a new mother being discharged from the labor and delivery unit after having a baby. Please include information on each of the following topics: Perineal care Breast care Breastfeeding Nutrition Reportable symptoms (maternal)
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Congratulations on the birth of your baby! As you prepare to leave the labor and delivery unit and start your journey as a new mother, we understand that you may have questions and concerns. To provide you with the necessary information, we have created this educational flier to guide you through essential topics related to perineal care, breast care, breastfeeding, nutrition, and reportable symptoms. This flier aims to be informative, easy to understand, and visually appealing so that you can refer to it whenever needed. We hope you find this resource helpful in your postpartum journey!
1. Keep the perineal area clean and dry by gently washing it with warm water after using the bathroom or as directed by your healthcare provider.
2. Pat the area dry with a clean towel or use a hairdryer on a cool setting.
3. Use a squeeze bottle filled with warm water to rinse the area during urination to ease discomfort.
4. Change sanitary pads frequently and opt for breathable cotton pads to promote healing.
5. Avoid using scented products, wipes, or douches as they can irritate the area.
6. If you experience pain, swelling, or any signs of infection, contact your healthcare provider.
1. Wash your hands before handling your breasts or breastfeeding.
2. Support your breasts with a well-fitting bra that offers good support and easy access for breastfeeding.
3. Ensure a proper latch while breastfeeding to prevent nipple soreness. Seek guidance from a lactation consultant if needed.
4. Apply lanolin cream or breast milk to cracked or sore nipples after each feeding and let them air dry to promote healing.
5. If you notice redness, warmth, or any signs of infection in your breasts, contact your healthcare provider.
1. Breastfeed your baby whenever they show signs of hunger, usually every 2 to 3 hours. Follow their cues rather than clock-watching.
2. Support your baby’s head and bring them close to your breast, ensuring a comfortable position for both of you.
3. Allow your baby to nurse on each breast for as long as they want. Babies may nurse for different lengths of time.
4. Burp your baby gently after feeding to reduce gas and discomfort.
5. Stay hydrated and eat a balanced diet to support your milk supply.
6. Seek assistance from a lactation consultant or breastfeeding support group if you face challenges or have questions.
1. Eat regular meals and snacks to meet your increased energy needs.
2. Consume a variety of nutritious foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water.
4. Limit caffeine and avoid alcohol while breastfeeding.
5. Take a prenatal vitamin or consult your healthcare provider for any additional supplements you may need.
Reportable Symptoms (Maternal):
1. Fever (temperature of 100.4°F or higher)
2. Heavy bleeding or large blood clots
3. Severe or worsening abdominal pain
4. Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
5. Breast redness, pain, or warmth
6. Severe headache or visual changes
7. Chest pain or difficulty breathing
8. Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
Please remember that this educational flier is intended to provide general guidance. If you have any specific concerns or questions, do not hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. Wishing you a healthy and enjoyable postpartum experience!