Understanding Birth Plans After CNA Training: Part One

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Would it surprise you to learn that about 11,000 babies are born every day in the United States? If you work in a maternity ward after CNA training, this statistic probably won’t come as a shock at all. In fact, with the hectic schedule you have every day, you probably expected more.

After CNA training, working in a maternity ward can be a blessing that few CNAs are allowed to have. Here you get to care for expectant mothers and newborn infants, and you get to be a part of one of the biggest and most special days in a parent’s life. Many of the duties you perform will fall into the boundaries of the expectant mother’s birth plan.

While much of the birth plan will be dealt with by the patient’s nurse, doctor, and midwife, you will still need to understand what the plan entails and what type of care your patient expects to receive after CNA training so you can support her while she brings new life into the world.

Understanding Birth Plans After CNA Training

Birth plans are developed to support two specific purposes:

  • Communication to all of the parties involved, including those who have completed CNA training, midwives, family members, and doctors, what the patient expects to happen when she gives birth.
  • Giving the mother peace of mind a feeling of control over her experience.

Today we are going to discuss what you should first understand about birth plans after CNA training. The first step in this process is determining what will be in the birth plan and what areas involve you.

  • Where the delivery will take place; will the birth occur at home, at a birthing center, or in a hospital?
  • Who will deliver the baby and attend the birth, a doctor, midwife, or both?
  • Why type of natural or prescription medications may be given during the birth?
  • What type of pain management techniques will be used?
  • If a doctor has no other choice but to perform surgery, does the mother want a episiotomy or a caesarean?
  • Is the mother at high risk or low risk for complications?
  • Who will be the support team? This is most likely where your CNA training will come in handy. The mother or the medical team may request you be present to help with CNA training related duties and give support to the mother and the family. The support team can also include friends, significant others, and family members.
  • What type of environment will the baby be born into? Does the mother want immediate skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding?
  • After CNA training, you will most likely be needed to help the new mom recover from this beautiful ordeal. The birth plan will discuss what type of support the mother will receive for postpartum recovery.
  • There may be times when a baby is born and is disabled, sick, or even dies. The mother needs to know what rights she has in these instances, and they will be most likely discussed with her and her family by the nurse, midwife, or doctor.

After CNA training, working as a CNA in a maternity ward, or even a birthing center, means you need to understand birth plans. Tomorrow we will continue on with more information about birth plans after CNA training.

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