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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Contents of the Course

Lesson 1. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
1.0 Introduction
1.1 Female Reproductive System
1.2 Male Reproductive System
1.3 Exercises for Lesson 1
Lesson 2. Embryology and Fetal Development
2.0 Introduction
2.1 Principles of Fertilization
2.2 Early Fetal Development
2.3 Fetal Growth and Later Development
2.4 Exercises for Lesson 2
Lesson 3. Diagnosis of Pregnancy
3.0 Introduction
3.1 Presumptive Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy
3.2 Probable and Positive Signs of Pregnancy
3.3 Exercises for Lesson 3
Lesson 4. Psychologic Needs During Pregnancy
4.0 Introduction
4.1 Emotional Reactions Experienced by a Newly Pregnant Patient.
4.2 Adjustments of Family Members and Significant Others
4.3 Exercises for Lesson 4
Lesson 5. Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy
5.0 Introduction
Lesson 6. Prenatal Care During Pregnancy
6.0 Introduction
6.1 Principles of Prenatal Care
6.2 Initial Prenatal Visit
6.3 Basic Patient Teaching Considerations
6.4 Exercises for Lesson 6
Lesson 7. Personal Hygiene and Care During Pregnancy
7.0 Introduction
7.1 Personal Hygiene During Pregnancy
7.2 Activity Modifications During Pregnancy
7.3 Prenatal Exercises
7.4 Exercises for Lesson
Lesson 8. Minor Discomforts of Pregnancy
8.0 Introduction>
8.1 Discomforts Related to the Gastrointestinal System
8.2 Discomforts Related to the Musculoskeletal System
8.3 Discomforts Related to the Respiratory System
8.4 Discomfort Related to the Reproductive System
8.5 Discomforts Related to the Urinary System
8.6 Exercises for Lesson 8
Lesson 9. Patient Education During Pregnancy
9.0 Introduction
9.1 Layette Planning
9.2 Weight Gain and Proper Nutrition
9.3 Tetragens
9.4 Preparation for Labor and Delivery
9.5 Exercises for Lesson 9
Lesson 10. Fetal Positions and Adaptations
10-0. Introduction and Key Terms Related to Fetal Positions
10-1. Fetal Adaptations (Mechanisms of Labor)
10-2 Exercises for Lesson 10



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