77152 - AFP Clinical Challenge August 2016: Perinatal care
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To provide guidance for the general practitioner in the management pregnant women and their partners during the perinatal period.
Relevance to General Practice
The August edition of AFP focuses on perinatal issues. In Australia, GPs have a major role in providing antenatal care.1 Most women consult their GP during pregnancy2 and in the postpartum period,3 particularly for problems arising with breastfeeding. A long-neglected area is healthcare for men during the perinatal period, and practitioners are now recognising the importance of providing support for men. The perinatal period is an opportune time for GPs to advise and educate their patients, men and women alike, in healthy lifestyle behaviours, in addition to addressing specific perinatal issues. It is important to ensure that GPs themselves receive adequate education in these areas, and to instil confidence in them in not only addressing the immediate health requirements of patients, but also opportunistically providing advice and support that promotes overall good health.
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- Discuss the latest evidence regarding the nutrition requirements of women during and after birth.
- Describe simple ways that GPs can incorporate brief, effective nutrition care into standard consultations.
- Identify commonly observed clinical patterns around men’s lives during pregnancy.
- Outline the ways in which GPs can provide support for women who are breastfeeding and their infants.
- Summarise the content of pregnancy-related GP visits and the role of GPs in managing how pregnancy and pregnancy-related problems.