The postpartum period is an extremely sensitive experience for mothers. They body needs time to heal which calls for comprehensive, proper care. There’ve been several cases over the recent months when new mothers witnessed their doctors and nurses react slowly to warning signs. Therefore, they almost died in the days after their birth. A new nationwide study backs up their claims stating that nurses need more training.
The Peer-Reviewed Study Examined 372 Postpartum Nurses
On Tuesday, a new study was published in the American Journal of Maternal/ Child Nursing regarding the postpartum experience within medical institutions. The findings are based on a survey of 372 postpartum nurses. Unfortunately, many of them lacked proper knowledge to inform mothers of the potential health risks that they are exposed to during this period.
Nurses showed clear signs that they need more training in this area of expertize. Assisting a successful birth is not the end of the journey for a new mother. On the contrary, she needs to unlock the vast medical knowledge there is on the struggling period that follows birth. However, they can’t do that without the help of the medical staff.
New Mothers Need to Learn about Possible Complications that Can Threaten Their Lives
The review indicated that most nurses failed to provide new mothers information on life-threatening symptoms after they gave birth to their child. These can be heavy bleeding, headaches, painful swelling, and having trouble breathing.
The peer-reviewed study suggests that the United States can see an improvement in maternal mortality rates by simply providing nurses more training in this area. At this moment, the U.S. has the highest such rate among affluent countries.
Each year, there are around 700 to 900 women who die due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 65,000 women are on the verge of dying under these conditions.
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