• Antenatal care in uncomplicated pregnancies

      Barry, Paula; Cowman, Triona (Nursing in General Practice, 2016-05)
      Antenatal care is a routine part of pregnancy for most women in Ireland. Under the Irish Maternity and Infants Care Scheme, 1 care during pregnancy is free. Women can avail of care in the community or hospital setting. National and international department of health policies state that effective antenatal care should focus on the individual woman’s needs and preferences; should be collaborative and should offer continuity of care. 2, 3, 4 The following paper is to guide you on the provision of antenatal care to healthy women, with uncomplicated pregnancies. It gives an overview of recommended care provision, including advice that may be given to women during the antenatal period.
    • Preconceptual care

      Cowman, Triona; Barry, Paula (Nursing in General Practice, 2015-11)
      Preconceptual health is the health of a woman before she gets pregnant and between subsequent pregnancies. Preconceptual care is a set of interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behavioural, and social risks to a woman’s health or pregnancy outcome through prevention and management.1 It is well documented that modifiable lifestyle factors such as obesity, diet and exercise, alcohol, smoking and use of recreational drugs can have potentially detrimental effects on pregnancy outcomes. A growing body of evidence is showing that recognising and amending risks in women before conception can have a positive impact on reducing maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality.