you have to know what goes on during normal pregnancy, labor and delivery. that in and of itself is a lot. it mostly requires study. without that knowledge it's almost impossible to understand all the complications that can occur. c-sections are surgical and other than being surgery on the reproductive organs, carry all the side effects that can occur to any surgical patient, so keep that in mind. also, because these patients tend to get epidural anesthesia almost exclusively, you need to know that side effects and complications of this procedure and anesthesia.
here are some ob weblinks:
- this is an extensive site of ob information. click on menu items for expanded information.
- list of links of lectures, forms and tutorials on a variety of ob subjects from new york medical college. you can see a slide show presentation of normal and abnormal labor that includes some very nice photographs and drawings to illustrated points here on this site: http://complab.nymc.edu/obgyn/labor%...20abnormal.pdf
- listing of emedicines topics on obstetrics and gynecology
- main page of ob website for students. links are around the globe with the site logo, euniversity. you will find lots of assessment information for the various stages of pregnancy, labor and delivery on this site as well as assessment for the baby.
- online student companion website for maternal-newborn & child nursing
by marcia l. london, patricia a. ladewig, jane w. ball, and ruth l. bindler. on the top menu bar of this home page is a drop down arrow where you pick a chapter of interest. once into these chapters you will find an audio glossary of obstetrical terms (you can access it here http://wps.prenhall.com/chet_london_...62927-,00.html
), a summary of information in each chapter of the book, nclex review questions pertinent to the information from each chapter, case study and care map activities (i did not check to see if you get any feedback as to whether or not your answers to these exercises are correct) and nursing tools that include: abbreviations used in maternity and pediatric nursing, a food guide pyramid, rdas for females during pregnancy, recommended dietary allowances, family assessment, guidelines for working with deaf clients, growth charts (10 pediatric growth charts from birth to age 20), west normogram, maternal-newborn lab values including cord blood, pediatric lab values, clinical estimation of gestational age, actions and effects of selected drugs, maternity critical pathways (for diabetes, epidural anesthesia, hemorrhage in the 3rd trimester, puerperal infection, newborn of a substance abusing mother and newborn with respiratory distress), and a whole slue of pediatric care plans
(they only include goals, interventions, rationales, and expected outcomes--no nursing diagnoses). almost all are in pdf files so you need an acrobat reader to download and see these files. each chapter also provides internet links to more online information.