Women with high risk prenatal conditions can receive home visits from public health nurses who monitor and provide education for their high-risk condition. Public Health nurses also provide postpartum home visits that include physical assessments for mother and baby, teaching and support.
HOME VISITS FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
Home visits are provided to newly delivered women and their newborn living in Wake County who:
- Received prenatal care through the WCHS Prenatal Clinic G
- Received prenatal care through WakeMed’s high risk prenatal clinic
- Received prenatal care through private doctor's offices and receive Medicaid benefits
- Delivered with no prenatal care
- Physical assessments, including BP check for mom and weight check for baby
- Teaching and support
- Information about and assistance linking with community resources
- Interventions designed to promote family health and well being
AS PART OF YOUR POSTPARTUM CARE
(After you deliver)
New moms are provided a home visit after they deliver, to check on the mother and the newborn. For you, as a new mother during the postpartum period, teaching may include:
- Emotional changes/family support
- Physical changes
- Postpartum blues
- Postpartum exercises
- Family support
- Birth control
- Postpartum check-up
- How to take care of your baby
- Other medical follow-up
POSTPARTUM 6-WEEK CHECK-UP
- You should leave the hospital with an appointment for your 6-week check-up. If you do not receive an appointment, call 919-250-1004 and leave a message. Someone will call you back.
High-risk prenatal conditions often benefit from home visits during the pregnancy for follow-up and teaching:
- The Public Health Nurse, under the direction of your physician, will check your high-risk conditions during a home visit and report any abnormal findings to your health care provider.
- Your monthly home visit will provide additional teaching about your high-risk condition and how to take care of yourself during your pregnancy.
- You will receive support in preparing for your baby and the changes you will experience as a new mother.