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184101 - check, unit 568, Mothers and babies, January-February 2020

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The edition of check focuses on mothers and babies in general practice.

Relevance to General Practice

General practitioners (GPs) frequently provide postpartum care to mothers and their babies following hospital discharge. A Queensland study showed that 64% of women presented to a GP in the seven days after giving birth in a public facility.
Breastfeeding is often a source of concern for new mothers. The 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey found that although 96% of babies were initially breastfed, this dropped to 69% of babies at four months of age, and further to 60% of babies at six months of age.
For some women, breastfeeding difficulties stem from pain. This may be due to various factors, including improper latching or tongue-tie. The latter is seen in 4–11% of newborns, most frequently in boys. Breastfeeding difficulties can also include milk oversupply, with resultant lactose overload, and milk undersupply.
Mental health is also a critical concern for new parents, with data showing that approximately 15% of new mothers experience postnatal depression annually.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the assessment of women presenting with breastfeeding difficulties.
  • Identify the key features of lactose overload.
  • Outline the approach to patients who feel overwhelmed by the challenges of having a newborn baby.
  • Discuss the management of babies with excessive night waking.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    • Women's health
    184101 - check, unit 568, Mothers and babies, January-February 2020
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    3 hours
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    6 cpd
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