Postpartum Adaptations Case Study Case Studies,
Chapter 15, Postpartum Adaptations
You are caring for Linda, who has just delivered her first baby. You are responsible for assessing Lindas condition during recovery and for doing patient teaching when the opportunity arises. (Learning Objectives 1 and 2)
Gretta and Sam just had their first child. Gretta is excited and talkative about her birth experience and wants to keep her baby with her constantly. She tells you his name is Joseph and they will call him Joey for short. Gretta is breast-feeding and is attentive to Joeys needs. You observe that Sam does not initiate contact with the baby but when Gretta insists that he hold Joey, he picks him up slowly and awkwardly and stares at his face for a long period of time. When Joey cries, he immediately returns him to Grettas arms. (Learning Objective 7)
While she is recovering, you keep checking her fundal height. Linda asks you how her uterus will go back to the way it was before she had the baby. How would you explain this physiologic process? What could impede the process?
Linda wants to know how long she should expect to bleed. What would you tell her?
The next day Linda appears very passive and you have overheard her telling everyone who will listen about her labor experience. What phase of adjustment is Linda going through? What other stages should she go through while adjusting to her new role?
Based on your observations of Sams interactions with Joey, where is Sam developmentally in the process of paternal attachment and bonding?
What nursing interventions could you implement that would assist Sam in the transition to fatherhood?
Chapter 16, Nursing Management During the Postpartum Period
1. You are caring for Bonnie, age 42, who has just undergone a cesarean birth for her first baby. You are responsible for monitoring her condition during recovery and for teaching her how to take care of herself and her baby. (Learning Objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7)
A. You note that Bonnie has a positive Homans sign in the left leg. What are the risk factors for thromboembolic disorders, and how will you determine if she has a DVT? If Bonnie has a DVT, what else is she at risk for?
B. Bonnie is ready for discharge and asks you about bleeding, perineal care, and what she should eat while breast-feeding. What are you going to teach her?
C. Bonnie, the baby, and Bonnies husband are following up for newborn care. What nursing interventions should be included to promote parental role adaptation and parentnewborn attachment?
2. You have just received report on the following patient. Hannah G1P1 gave birth vaginally 2 days ago to a baby girl. She had a midline episiotomy and has protruding hemorrhoids. Hannah is rubella negative and has A blood type and her daughter is O+. Hannah is breast-feeding her daughter. Hannah is expected to be discharged to home later this afternoon. (Learning Objectives 5 and 7)
A. Describe the nursing management for Hannah and her family during the postpartum time period.
B. Hannah and Justin are preparing for discharge. What areas of health education are needed for discharge planning, home care, and follow-up visits for Hannah and her baby girl?
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