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Part 1
1-1 Human Reproductive System
1-2 Embryology and Fetal Development
1-3 Diagnosis of Pregnancy
1-4 Psychologic Needs During Pregnancy
1-5 Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy
1-6 Prenatal Care During Pregnancy
1-7 Personal Hygiene and Care During Pregnancy
1-8 Minor Discomforts of Pregnancy
1-9 Patient Education During Pregnancy
1-10 Fetal Positions And Adaptations
Part 2
2-1 Complications of Pregnancy
2-2 Stages of Labor and Nursing Care
2-3 Precipitate and Emergency Delivery
2-4 Management of Obstetric Discomfort During Labor
2-5 Special Situations In Labor and Delivery
2-6 The Postpartal Patient
2-7 Complications of Postpartum
2-8 Characteristics of the Typical Newborn Infant
2-9 Care of the Normal Newborn Infant
2-10 Newborn Nutriton
2-11 The Premature Infant
2-12 The Sick Neonate

Obstetrics and the Newborn

Obstetrics is the branch of medicine concerned with the management of childbirth. The ultimate goal of all workers in the field of obstetrics is to assist a mother to produce a healthy baby, with a minimum of danger and discomfort to both. Pregnancy is defined as the condition of being "with child." To understand pregnancy, we must know how it begins, how the fetus grows in the uterus, and how it affects the mother. Today, more than ever before nurses play a central role in the planning for and the experience of birth, and in how families feel about the experience afterwards. You, as a practical nurse, should be knowledgeable of all aspects of maternal nursing. And, by applying this knowledge you will develop skills and experience in providing quality nursing care.

This course further explains the many physiological and psychological changes that a woman may experience throughout her pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and the period after delivery. The practical nurse, along with other members of the nursing staff, have a great responsibility of teaching and providing quality nursing care for the health and well-being of the mother and the newborn.

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Primary Content Provider: United States Army
Ancillary Content and Online Version: David L. Heiserman
Publisher: SweetHaven Publishing Services

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