Caring for the postpartum patient
Barbara Wray Wayland, MEDCOM During the postpartum period of care, the patient may require a notable amount of physical and psychological care. This course focuses on the physiological, psychological and emotional changes a woman goes through during the postpartum period, and includes information that can assist the nurse in caring for and reassuring her postpartum patients. The course also discusses the importance of emotional support and patient education during the postpartum phase of care. After completing this course, the learner should be able to: list and discuss the physiological changes that occur in the postpartum patient; list and discuss the psychological and emotional changes that can occur in the postpartum patient; describe and perform physical assessment of the postpartum patient; discuss the nurse's primary role during postpartum care; and discuss the importance of emotional support and patient education during the postpartum phase of care.