Postpartum Care

In a woman's reproductive life cycle, the postpartum period is one of the most vulnerable times. This course will orient you to the characteristics of the period, the care recommended during that time, and some key programming implications.  

Objective

By the end of this mini-course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the postpartum period
  • Explain the importance of postpartum care
  • Describe the three primary postpartum care programming models
  • Discuss the timing of postpartum care visits
  • Describe the elements of postpartum care
  • Describe the self-care that is promoted during postpartum care
  • Describe the postpartum care specific to the household and community
  • Describe the postpartum care specific to the peripheral facility and outreach services
  • Describe the postpartum care specific to the district hospital
  • Discuss the mother-baby dyad
  • Discuss the policy implications of postpartum care integration 
  • Discuss the performance support needed by people who are providing postpartum care
  • Describe select country examples of integrated postpartum care

Credits

Thanks to the following colleagues for generous help in developing and reviewing this course:

  • Deborah Armbruster - POPPHI
  • Holly Blanchard - ACNM/ACCESS-FP
  • Annie Clark - ACNM
  • Chris Davis, INFO Project, John Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
  • Frances Ganges - Independent consultant
  • Patricia Gomez - ACCESS/JHPIEGO
  • Nahed Matta - USAID
  • Catharine McKaig - ACCESS-FP/JHPIEGO
  • Mary Riley - USAID
  • Harshad Sanghvi - JHPIEGO
  • Jim Shelton - USAID
  • Mary Ellen Stanton - USAID
  • Teresa Tirabassi - Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs