Reflections on midwifery care and the postnatal period

  • Tricia Anderson
  • Jane Podkolinski
Part of the Midwifery Practice book series (MIPRA)


What are we trying to achieve by the provision of midwifery postnatal care? One of the recommendations in the Audit Commission’s recent review of the maternity services is that ‘clinicians and managers in trusts should clarify the objectives and set standards for postnatal care in hospital and at home’ (Audit Commission 1997: 65).

There is … some uncertainty about what postnatal care is aiming to achieve — whether it is solely to prevent and treat immediate health problems in mother and baby or whether it is aiming to enhance the overall experience, giving mothers time to recover and get to know their babies, possibly avoiding other problems later on.

(Audit Commission 1997: 52)


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