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Antenatal and postnatal shared care

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
8 hrs

This course aims to assist general practitioners (GPs) in their role as members of a shared care team providing high quality care to women in the perinatal period. It covers a range of topics and challenges related to perinatal care in general practice including:
• clinical care in the first trimester (activity 1)
• first trimester screening (activity 2)
• Rh incompatibility and managing early bleeding (activity 3)
• obesity and diabetes in pregnancy (activity 4)
• hypertension in pregnancy (activity 5)
• perinatal mental health issues (activity 6).

Relevance to General Practice

Antenatal and postnatal shared care is when care of a pregnant woman is divided between the general practitioner (GP) and the hospital antenatal clinic. Shared care is an option for pregnant women with no adverse maternal or fetal pregnancy risk factors.
GPs involved in shared care have many responsibilities and require additional training to fulfil the role. GPs are usually responsible for the first antenatal visit, examination, organisation of blood tests, first trimester screening and providing advice on diet, use of supplements and medications during pregnancy.
The GP may be the first person a woman contacts if she experiences bleeding during her pregnancy, the first to identify elevated blood pressure, gestational diabetes or mental health issues. GPs must therefore have the knowledge and skills to advise the patient, take appropriate action and refer to specialist services as required.

Learning outcomes
  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the GP in the first trimester.
  • Implement appropriate investigations and management of early bleeding and discuss appropriate use of Rh D immunoglobulin (Anti D).
  • Identify and manage the risks and challenges associated with obesity in pregnancy.
  • Determine appropriate screening, diagnostic testing and management of diabetes in pregnancy.
  • Identify and manage the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.
  • 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
    • Pregnancy care
    • Women's health
    • Sexual and reproductive health
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    Antenatal and postnatal shared care
    8 hrs
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    CPD Points
    40 cpd
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