Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Antenatal care team - role of midwife in antenatal care

Antenatal care team: While you are pregnant you should normally see a small number of healthcare professionals, led by your midwife or doctor, on a regular basis. They want to make you feel happy with all aspects of the care you receive, both while you are pregnant and when you have your baby.
Many mothers would like to be able to get to know the people who care for them during pregnancy and the birth of their baby. The NHS is working to achieve this but you may still find that you see a number of different carers. The professionals you see should introduce themselves and explain who they are, but if they forget, don’t hesitate to ask. It may help to make a note of who you have seen and what they have said in case you need to discuss any point later on.
The people you are most likely to meet are listed below
Midwife in antenatal care
Midwife is specially trained to care for mothers and babies throughout pregnancy and labor and after the birth. Midwives provide care for the majority of women at home or in hospital. Increasingly, midwives will be working both in hospitals and in the community, so that the same midwife can provide antenatal care and be present at the birth. You should know the name of the midwife who is responsible for your care.
A midwife will look after you during labor and, if everything is straightforward, will deliver your baby. If any complications develop during your pregnancy or delivery, you will also see a doctor. You may also meet student midwives and student doctors. After the birth, you and your baby will be cared for by midwives and maternity support workers.

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