Blessing: The Importance Of Prenatal Care

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The beginning of a new life is a great miracle, and a blessing regardless of whether is planned or a surprise. A pregnancy consist of many changes to the expecting parents, and their surroundings as well. In my psylab link “expecting first child” Jess whose six months pregnant discusses her opinions and experiences with prenatal care, her worries and practices during pregnancy and also her plans and concerns once her baby is born. Many of Jess’s beliefs and concerns are similar to those of many other expecting parents and are also back with interesting research work developed throughout the years.
Once notified of a pregnancy is highly important to begin prenatal care. Prenatal care visits, help the future mom to be educated with important
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One of Jess’s worries was having a premature baby, because her mother had that issue with her. In the United States there’s about 2% of babies that are born before 32 weeks, however these babies are a 54 % of all infant deaths (Mathews & MacDorman, 2011 as cited in Cook & Cook, 2014) making Jess’s concern understandable. Breastfeeding is also a factor that causes questioning and concern to the mother because our society is aware of the benefits of breast feeding such as transmission of antibodies to help the newborn fight off disease during the first year of life and also because breast milk provides them with all the nutrients necessary for the new baby to digest (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2011 as cited in Cook & Cook 2014). Jess knows she wants to breastfeed until her baby decides to stop, because her mother breastfed her, because is cheaper and because it follows her organic beliefs, but is aware that her child might choose not to. Other mothers are simply not able to breastfeed due to diseases such as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and Herpes Complex because is not safe for the child (CDC, 2010, 2011 as cited in Cook & Cook, 2014). One of the major concern of expecting mothers is whether to have a natural birth or use anesthesia to assist with labor. Jess believes that her body is capable of dealing with pain, and is following a …show more content…
They have to start planning and changing things in their lives to make sure they are ready once the baby is born. Creating a safe and comfortable nursery is important, because you need to make sure there is a soothing and relaxing environment for the baby to rest. Many parents prefer to co-sleep or share their room with their babies to make the transition easier. The time that will take for a child to transition is about six months but it variates among babies and is also influence by the family and the type of interaction they have with one another. (Belsky, Isabella, 1985; Frosch, Mangeldorf, & McHael, 1998; Harwood, McLean, & Durkin, 2007; Heinicke, & Guthrie, 1996, as cited in Cook & Cook, 2014) Meeting and interviewing pediatricians is another important thing for the parents to do. Once they baby is born, and discharged from the hospital, it will need to be monitor a couple days after by the primary care pediatrician and should begin a vaccination, health and growth control. Having a pediatrician interview and picked out ahead of time gives a piece of mind at the time of delivery. Jess discussed that her fear once the baby is born is the first time he gets sick. Expecting mothers like her have this fears as well, and many others such as how to change diapers and simply caring for them. Personally as a new mother my experience once the baby was

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