Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

Teach the patient to be aware of the signs and symptoms that could indicate postpartum complications: pain in the calf of the leg; increase in vaginal bleeding; foul odor of vaginal discharge; fever; burning with urination; persistent mood charge; or a hard, reddened area on the breast. Explain that the patient should not have intercourse or drive a car until after the post-partum check. Encourage participation in a bereavement support group, even if the patient and significant other seem to be coping with the loss. They may be able to help other couples cope.

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