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Nurses Check In With Moms After Their Hospital Checkout

If it takes a village to raise a child, it's very likely that the village includes a nurse or two. Many US insurance companies provide their members with telephone access to nurses throughout their pregnancies and during the first few months of their lil ones' lives. While the Obama administration has offered up Text4Baby, a mobile health service providing parents with updates timed to their offspring's birth date, the new health care law may now provide mamas-to-be (and new moms) with the opportunity to meet with nurses face-to-face.

According to a recent report in USA Today, visits to the homes of pregnant women and new mothers from nurses and social workers has physical, emotional, and financial benefits. In addition to teaching new mums how to care for their tots, it helps them find food, shelter, and proper medical care while saving, "up to $5.70 for every dollar invested." Currently, only two percent of first-time moms receive these visits – usually paid for by insurance or private foundations – but that number is likely to increase drastically.

Would you have welcomed home visits from a nurse during your child's first few years?

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Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
snowysakuras, they check cosleeping arrangements for safety instead of just admonishing the parents and suggesting a crib? Rock ON! :D
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i had this both times... its okay. my kids were fine so it was mainly just her answering any random questions i could remember. so its kind of a waste of money for the govt to pay for it. BUT hopefully they follow up with people who they can tell have parenting issues. one thing i like is that they check your sleeping arrangements, whether cosleep or crib, for safety.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I would have loved something like that! I had help from family, too, but I was a wreck. I think that if a nurse could have seen how poorly I was handling new motherhood, I would have gotten more (and better!) treatment for the postpartum depression that I went through.
Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I had a nurse come check on me post baby (Philadelphia suburbs) and it was not an option for me. Personally, I would have much rather been checked up on by friends and family, and the nurse that did show up did nothing in the means of helping me. She did a weight check on the baby, looked her over asked me a few questions and was gone. Def. not worth the waste of time considering how late she showed up and there were other things I could have been doing even with a one week old
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
I would have liked something like this. As anon points out, sometimes there are things you just don't notice when you're in the moment dealing with things. My first daughter was a great example of this. The hospital told me she was slightly jaundiced but was fine. They didnt warn me about blood loss and breast milk, they didn't tell me any warning signs about starvation, and they basically made me feel like the jaundice would resolve itself and that babies were just "hard" to take care of. I was young, sleep deprived with a baby who did not sleep at all because she was starving, incredibly stressed and it took longer then it should have for me and my family to realize something was really wrong. This time around, I had MUCH better hospital and after baby care. I recognized the jaundice right away, and they didn't blow me off, though within normal levels, and i supplimented after breastfeeding starting the second day. We were able to schedule a check up 3 days after, which showed his levels to be skyrocketing, and had a nurse and medical staff bring everything we needed to the house. The nurse came every morning to check all of his levels and things until he was off the bili lights.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Here in Germany every new mom gets visit from a nurse until 8 weeks after birth and only has to pay very little if she wants to see her a while after that. It was very helpful because you don't have to take your newborn to the doctor's office for every little thing. She helped me a lot with nursing. I didn't like her much on a personal basis but I'm really glad insurance pays for those visits here in Germany. Also it's they can immediatly take a close look at whether or not the parents are fit to take care of a child and advise help or call services if needed.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I'd rather have family or friends than a stranger (even a well qualified stranger).
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
Luckily in Ontario, the government provides access to nurses post-birth. Once released from the hospital a nurse contacts you within the first week and offers to come in and talk about coping. They help with advise on nursing, post-partum, and giving you more information to other services available to new moms. They also follow-up by phone over the first month if you want.
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