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Maternity Clinical Advice

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by futureRNnicole93 futureRNnicole93 (New Member) New Member

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Hi, I am just looking for some advice, I have my maternity clinical coming up and I am just wondering what to expect and if there are any dos/don'ts I should keep in mind. 

I am a good student and I have studied all the maternity material meticulously over the past 2 weeks and I also have a young son so I do have experience in caring for babies. That being said, I know that when I go to clinical it may be very different than I am expecting and I was hoping that someone could give me some general advice for the next few weeks. 

Thanks!!

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mindofmidwifery has 4 years experience as a CNA and works as a Student Nurse Associate.

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My maternity rotation was only a few weeks and these are the things I saw/did:

-observed a c-section 

-observed a vaginal delivery

-did a couple mother and baby assessments on the postpartum unit

-Held and fed babies in the nursery

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The OB clinical was only half a semester for my school. I was able to go to the NICU, postpartum, antepartum, and the nursery during my 8 week clinical. When it came to patient care, just remember that mom and baby are both the patient in postpartum. Just like any patient, make sure you use aidet to inform them of what you are coming in the room to do. They are usually very tired and want plenty of rest. In antepatum, the parent or parents to be were usually nervous or anxious and just needed reassurance on what was going on. I only observed in the nicu and the nursery was a lot of feeding, changing and rocking babies. The best part of the clinical. Brush up on some cultral behaviors of different people just Incase you have a patient that has a different culture than you. It’s really interesting to see the ways different cultures experience pregnancy and the subsequent stages of labor and child birth. I’m definitely not an ob expert, but I hope my experience with clinical helped a little 

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