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Maternal Child Care

New moms have lots of questions; our visiting nurses have the answers. Working with your doctors, our experienced registered nurses can offer invaluable help after the birth of your baby. They ensure the continued health of you and your newborn and coordinate your care in the comfort and privacy of your home. Your nurse will complete a full health assessment of you and your baby and will also evaluate the home environment to make certain it promotes safety and the good health of your infant.

Health Assessment for Mom and Baby

This health assessment includes a head-to-toe check of your baby's vital signs, weight, bilirubin level, neurological and developmental health. It also includes an assessment of mom's physical and emotional health, including postpartum depression, wound care (if you had a Cesarean section) and vital signs. Your home visit also includes the following assessments:

  • Medication management: any medications you or your baby are taking will be reviewed to ensure prescriptions are being properly filled and administered safely

  • Nutrition: proper nutrition for you and your baby is essential. A lactation consultant will provide you with breastfeeding and pumping instructions as needed and will evaluate calorie and fluid intake.

  • Home environment: your baby's home environment should promote safety and good health. Your nurse will assess the environment for fall risk factors, smoke detectors, a fire escape plan, and any respiratory irritants that may be present (secondhand smoke, fireplaces, allergens, forced hot-air heat).

  • Special care: other topics covered during the home visit include emergency preparedness, support systems (proper access to resources), stress management, connection to your primary-care doctor, infant bonding, and more.

Prenatal Home and Health Assessment

A South County Home Health nurse can complete a home and health assessment prenatally versus postpartum. Your nurse will take the same steps listed above. Learn more.

Tell your doctor you want South County Home Health Maternal Child Care. For questions or to learn more call South County Home Health at 401 782-0500.