Antenatal care is the care you receive from healthcare professionals during your pregnancy. You'll be offered a series of appointments with a midwife, or sometimes with a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and birth (an obstetrician). They will check that you and your baby are well, give you useful information to help you have a healthy pregnancy (including healthy eating and exercise advice) and answer any questions you may have. You will also be offered antenatal classes, including breastfeeding workshops. You need to book antenatal classes in advance, so ask your midwife about when you should book classes in your area.
f you're expecting your first child, you'll have up to 10 antenatal appointments. If you've had a baby before, you'll have around seven antenatal appointments. Under certain circumstances, for example if you develop a medical condition, you may have more. Early in your pregnancy, your midwife or doctor will give you written information about how many appointments you're likely to have and when they'll happen. You should have a chance to discuss the schedule with them. If you can't keep an antenatal appointment, let the clinic or midwife know and make another appointment.
Your appointments can take place at your home, in a Children's Centre, in your GP surgery or in hospital. You will usually go to the hospital for your scans. Your antenatal appointments should take place in a setting where you feel able to discuss sensitive issues that may affect you, such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, mental illness or drugs.
To give you the best pregnancy care at SPCH, our midwife will ask you many questions about your health, your family's health and your preferences. Your midwife will do some checks and tests, some of which will be done throughout your pregnancy. The results of these tests may affect your choices later in pregnancy, so it’s important not to miss them. Your midwife will also ask about any other social care support you may have or need, such as support from social workers or family liaison officers.
BRIEF CLINIC PROCEDURE FOR ANTENATAL CARE AND DELIVERY AT ST. PHILOMENA CATHOLIC HOSPITAL, BENIN CITY
1. At first visit, the patient/client to register for antenatal care is seen at the records/reception counter, given a small green card and an Antenatal Card is them opened for her.
2. She is then taken to the Antenatal clinic where her vital signs Blood pressure, weight, pulse rate measurements, etc are taken.
3. A urine test is done to look out for protein and glucose.
4. The client is then sent to the laboratory for HIV screening. This is done after proper counselling has been given to the client and consent has been gotttent from the client to carry out the test. At the lab, the PCV (packed cell volume) and blood group are also tested for.
5. After the investigation/subsequent visits, the women are given health talks/lectures where they are also given the opporutnity to ask questions. This session is an interactive session between the women, midwives and doctors.
6. The attendance chart for those that attended the healthlecture is marked and the women referred for review by the doctor.
7. The doctor then reviews them and advises on any added test or drugs and treats any ailment. She is then booked for the next visit and given an appointment
ROUTING FOLLOW UP VISIT
This is usually on appointment on the day written on the client's appointment card. It ranges from 1 week to 4 weeks from the last visit. It depends on the gestational age, the state of the woman and/or baby, other complications, e.t.c. At these visits,