Quote from ThinkRNin2009
I'm in Ob right now. I was assigned a patient who was post op day 2 c-section with a hx of Bipolar Manic Disorder. Newborn was born at 37 weeks 5lbs 8oz. Here is my silly question, would I be able to use a nursing diagnosis as:
Risk for SIDS r/t parental mental illness
Ugh!! does that make sense or should scratch that?
Your post was moved to its own thread in the hope that it will receive a better response.
As a postpartum nurse, I would not use this nursing diagnosis. There is not a clear-cut SIDS risk associated with having a bipolar mother.
Some questions that might help you to decide on a good diagnosis--
Is mom breastfeeding?
Will she be taking psych meds?
Does she have help with the newborn?
How does she feel about the child?
Does she have ongoing psych treatment?
Does she have something in place to help her determine if she is becoming depressed? This is especially important in light of the possibility of postpartum depression.
These are just starting points.
I'm sure other folks will be able to suggest more ideas.