Obstetrics is the branch of medicine
concerned with the management of childbirth. The ultimate
goal of all workers in the field of obstetrics is to assist
a mother to produce a healthy baby, with a minimum of danger
and discomfort to both. Pregnancy is defined as the
condition of being "with child." To understand pregnancy, we
must know how it begins, how the fetus grows in the uterus,
and how it affects the mother.
Today, more than ever
before nurses play a central role in the planning for and
the experience of birth, and in how families feel about the
experience afterwards. You, as a practical nurse, should be
knowledgeable of all aspects of maternal nursing. And, by
applying this knowledge, you will develop skills and
experience in providing quality nursing care.
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