The purpose of this case study is to discuss an episode of Normal Midwifery, which in this instance, will relate to the “Daily Care of a Term Infant”.
The case study will highlight the episode of care in detail, evaluate the
management of the baby’s Physical care and the woman’s Educational,
Psychosocial needs with relevant evidence based support.
The anonymity of mother and baby will be maintained in accordance
with NMC (2008) and ESC 1 (NMC, 2007) and will be referred to as “the
woman” and “the baby” through out the Case Study. Consent was also
requested from the woman for herself and baby to be included in the Case
Study in line with ESC 1 (NMC, 2007).
The woman was a 28 year old who was parity 1+0, had a spontaneous vaginal delivery of a baby girl with only Entonox as pain relief and was now 2nd day postnatal. The baby girl weighed 3288 grams with no complications after delivery and had APGAR scores of 8 at 1 minutes and 9 at 5 minutes. The woman had 40 minutes uninterrupted skin-to-skin with the baby after birth and decided to artificially feed rather than breast feed, although benefits of breast feeding were explained to the woman.
The Student Midwife first met the woman during her Labour the previous day and was present at the birth.
As the Student Midwife was working a day shift with her Mentor, it was requested that the Student Midwife carry out the Daily Examination of the baby in line with KCND (NHSQIS, 2009), while the Mentor observed.