Do you know that nurses can come to your home for checkup after you deliver?
These postnatal visits are part of the postnatal care provided by the government of Malaysia and is given free of charge to all Malaysian mothers.
Every birth taken placed in a government hospital, alternative birthing centres, or even homebirth will need to be reported to the government health clinic nearest to home so that they may send nurses to performed postnatal checkups on you.
This task is up to the father of the baby or relatives of the mother to perform.
For mothers that are healthy with no health complications such as heart problems or diabetes, nurse may visit on day 1, day 2, day 3, day 4, day 6, day 8, day 10, day 15, and day 20 after delivery.
During the checkup, nurses will follow a checkup procedure and if there any anomaly in the mother or baby, the nurse will give the necessary treatment or give a referral to the hospital.
What happen during checkup?
Mother Checkup Procedure
- Nurse will check the overall health of the mother including the mother’s hygiene care.
- Vital checks includes body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, and breathing.
- Visiting nurse will also measure the size of the uterus to check the involution or shrinkage development.
- Your breasts will also be thoroughly examined for engorgement, cracked nipple, low milk expression, or nipple retraction.
This includes breastfeeding observation.
If required, she will give consultation on breastfeeding.
- Next, the nurse will then check your surgery wound if you did a c-section, your perineum wound if vaginal birth.
- Checking your lochia is also part of the postnatal checkup procedure to make sure that you are not bleeding excessively or encounter with an infection.
- The checkup also consists of observing signs for Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Thromboembolism which is blood clot in the veins at the feet or lungs.
- Finally, your excretion an defecation habits will also be checked.
Baby Checkup Procedure:
- Baby’s overall health examination includes:
Baby’s weight, temperature, eyes, skin, bellybutton, and excretion and defecation habits.
- Nurse will also check your baby for possible jaundice.
After all the procedure is done, the nurse will share her findings with you and your husband.
Taking great care during postnatal or postpartum period is an important part for yours and your baby’s health in the long run.
Seeking professional help a good way to ensure that you are doing the right thing to your body.