184101 - check, unit 568, Mothers and babies, January-February 2020
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.
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 dimensionsCurriculum Contextual Units
- Children and young people health
- Women's health