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Our leading healthcare experts at Expecting and Beyond can help navigate those concerns and help to get your plans and desires into a wonderful birth plan with their birth plan consultations. This consultation will help guide the conversations with your healthcare providers helping you to achieve the birth plan of your desires to help achieve the birth you want. It is also a tool to use to start planning any alternatives that you may need to think about and consider as many healthcare providers and institutions are implementing new restrictions and changes to practices.
With promising news of a COVID-19 vaccine around the corner, many are relieved. This is not the case for pregnant women who can have worsening outcomes if the contract the virus and little is known on the effect the vaccine can have to the growing baby. For breastfeeding moms, this too is a concern, as little is known if this can transmit to the baby through breastmilk.
Many clinical trials on the vaccine have excluded this patient population due to safety concerns. Over the years safety measures have been put in place due to the lack of research conducted on pregnant women which has resulted in terrible consequences, such as pregnant women taking thalidomide during pregnancy resulting in significant fetal anomalies and taking DES during pregnancy which has resulted in significant reproductive anomalies and cancers in the off spring of moms who took it during pregnancy.
This has created a dilemma for pregnant women. The lack of pregnant women in clinical trials has resulted in safety issues. To help address this research can done in several ways in addressing safety and pregnant women. For one, safety trials can be conducted. Unlike other randomized control studies that enroll large groups of people, this would allow a very small and willing group of pregnant women to receive the vaccine and be monitored. Safety trials are done on other patient populations where medications may be harmful, such as chemotherapies.
Another approach would be to start monitoring and collecting data on patients that get the vaccine and who are unknowingly pregnant and received the vaccine. Mass amounts of people will be getting the vaccine soon, and yet requirements will not be so strict to ensure that all women of childbearing age have a pregnancy test. Therefore, there will be women who may not feel or think they are pregnant and will subsequently learn they are pregnant. There needs to be a well established database for these cases so that these women and their growing baby can be monitored long-term to establish safety.
The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine has recently released a recommendation stating that pregnant women who work in “high risk areas” such as healthcare workers are advised to get the vaccine. The SMFM have an updated recommendation on their website for pregnant women getting the vaccine as evidence emerges.
For many people this is a big concern to get a vaccine in which little is known in what can happen to the fetus. For those that don’t want to get the vaccine and want to wait until after the pregnancy, they still enter into uncertainties, if they chose to breast feed.
If pregnant womenm especially those in the high risk groups do not get the vaccine, it really essential that they adhere to preventive measures. Below are some of the key strategies to prevent from getting COVID-19.
Fast Facts about Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Nurses Guide to Expert Patient Care is the first of its kind, focusing on infections that are growing to be a big health problem the world over. With this book, nurses will be able to identify infections early, offer effective treatment and prevention methods as well as give counselling, and implement behavioral interventions in the care process.
According to the author,Meredith Scannell, the guide gives a comprehensive review of sexually transmitted infections, covering the epidemiology, signs and symptoms, long term sequelae, disease transmission, diagnosis, and the recommended treatment regimes. The book specifically focuses on nursing interventions, including understanding patient history, a holistic consideration of lifestyle, a linkage to population considerations, and patient education and counseling.
Among the key features of the guide is the provision of expert guidance, from a nursing practitioner who is accomplished in the areas of forensic nursing and nurse midwifery. The book addresses the most common sexually transmitted infections, aiming at facilitating accurate differential diagnosis and management. The author says that the guide will help nursing practitioners to provide individualized and culturally sensitive care, as it has thoroughly considered the needs of special populations and comprehensively covered the topic. To encourage the maximization of positive public health outcomes, the guide offers evidence-based patient information, prevention, and counseling guidance.
The guide is also easy to read and understand. It is written in a quick access, fast fact format with bulleted information and clear paragraphs and divided into chapters, each providing a lifespan specific section for different population groups. According to the author, such information allows registered nurses to get insights into how they are should approach specific patients. It also provides external links such as government websites, which can be referred to for updated screening guidelines and other important information concerning the latest management procedures for sexually transmitted infections.
About the Author
The book is written by Meredith Scannell PhD, MSN, MPH, CNM, SANE. Meredith is a certified nurse-midwife who is accomplished in the areas of forensic nursing and nurse-midwifery.
Topics in the book include:
HIV and AIDS
Pediculosis Pubis and Scabies
Other Blood-Borne and Sexually Contagious Infections
Cervicitis and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections available for free downloadHere