My Mom has used this forum to help me out and it really has been a blessing. I have a project coming up. Its not hard but I want it to be great so wondered if any of you might help. I have to present to a mock Mom discharge instructions for her newborn. I know this is all in the text book but was wondering if you knew of any sites that might have a check list( I don't want to forget anything). Also any ideas to make it less boring. There are like 40 of us that have present it, so its going to be pretty boring after awhile. We only have 5 to 7 minutes to present.
Check with some hospitals in your area. Most OB units have pre-printed discharge instruction sheets that include information about follow-up visits, parameters for when to call the doc, information about procedures done during the hospital stay (Hep B, hearing screen, etc.), and various phone numbers for breastfeeding help, well-baby clinics and more.
On my unit, we also give out an 8 X 11 magazine-type information booklet that has about 30 pages of information about the physical changes mom can expect, what's normal for baby, "back to sleep," proper nutrition, postpartum depression warning signs, and all kinds of other good stuff.
If you can get your hands on the kinds of materials that are actually being dispensed, you would have a firm foundation to start from. Also, ask some of the experienced nurses if they have any tricks of the trade for imparting this boatload of information in a way that helps the new moms take it in.
They might also be able to tell you the most common questions the new moms ask or any areas that seem especially confusing.
Let us know how your presentation works out.
Last edit by rn/writer on May 12, '07
May 11, '07
Check out this site. It goes over all the teaching for mom in a concise but good, organized manner. http://www.pwhealth.com/postpartum.html
You might want to touch on this too. http://www.pwhealth.com/depression.html
This is a decent site on infant discharge teaching.
You aren't going to get all the info in there in 5 to 7 minutes. My recommendation would be to take some of the info and make "handouts" to give to new mom and instructor. You could get it into the presentation by saying something like this diagram will show you the correct way to ....(whatever handout is explaining) and leave it at that.
Hope this helps.
ETA if you look up "Postpartum Instructions" and/or "Newborn discharge Instructions" on Google you get a bunch of great sites.
Last edit by babydoll99_99 on May 11, '07