VII. Postpartal Care

After the birth of the baby, the Midwife shall assess, monitor, and support the mother during the immediate postpartum period until the mother is in stable condition and during the on-going postpartum period. The responsibilities of the Midwife shall include, but are not limited to:

A.     Immediate Postpartal Care

1.   Overall maternal well-being;

2.   Bleeding;

3.   Vital signs;

4.   Abdomen, including fundal height and firmness;

5.   Bowel/bladder function;

6.  Perineal exam and assessment;

7.   Suture 1st or 2nd degree laceration(s)/episiotomy, or refer for repair, as indicated;

8.   Facilitation of maternal-infant bonding and family adjustment;

9.   Concerns of the mother.

B.     On-going Postpartal Care

1.   Overall maternal well-being;

2.   Bleeding;

3.   Abdomen, including fundal height and firmness;

4.   Bowel/bladder function;

5.   Perineal exam and assessment, as indicated;

6.   Facilitation of maternal-infant bonding and family adjustment

7.   Concerns of the mother.