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At the end of December she won the Midwife's medal competition, which was attended by over 700 midwives from around the country and in which over 45,000 votes were cast. What is the advice for young parents today?
The best midwife in Poland. Please tell me how you should treat your work, not easy - let's admit - to be honored in such a way?
Edyta Szumska: I have always taken my work seriously. Understanding, art of listening and experience definitely helped me.
What kind of man do you have to be to find yourself in this profession?
E. SZ: This profession should be taken seriously and one should understand that it is not only a job but also a calling. A good midwife should be caring and ready to help, as well as patience, accuracy and operability.
Many women, also on our website, complain about midwives who treat their work as a nasty duty .... Why all the problems and unpleasant situations for both sides?
E.Sz .: The work of a midwife, as we know, is hard and demanding. Sad but financially unsatisfactory. Often, two parties should take care of the correct relationship. Midwives, as well as patients, have their problems and the best advice is that they try to focus on the core of the meeting and not looking for the guilty of their troubles.
We also wrote on the website about patronage visits (click). What should such meetings of young mothers look like, more often daddies with a midwife?
E. SZ.: After delivery, the midwife looks after the woman during the puerperium (i.e. until the 42nd day after delivery) and the newborn baby until the second month of life.
The midwife is obliged to at least 4 and a maximum of 6 patronage visits within a period of two calendar months. The first visit takes place within 48 hours of the mother and the child returning home from the hospital.
As part of patronage visits, the POZ midwife should in particular carry out:
- management enabling bonding of the mother with the child and proper start of breastfeeding, measurements of body weight and length, head and chest circumference, prevention of anterior segment infections,
- observation and assessment of physical development in the field of: adaptation to the external environment, skin and mucous membranes, navel, excreta, secretions, psychomotor development, functioning of sensory organs,
- assessment of newborn reflexes, feeding method and techniques,
- detection of pathological symptoms,
- assessment of family-newborn relationship,
- conducting health education and providing advice in the field of: newborn care, breastfeeding, preventive vaccinations, preventive examinations, medical and social care as well as in the field of lactation, fertility control, self-control,
- promoting parents' healthy behavior,
- identifying risk factors in the family,
- formulating a diagnosis and establishing a hierarchy of actions taken.
After the patronage visits, the midwife hands over the babysitting to the primary care nurse.
What if a young mother disagrees with the midwife about childcare? There are certain standards, but practice shows that even today parents have different opinions about caring for a baby ...
E.Sz: We need to hear the ideas of young parents. If it does not threaten the good of the child, then we suggest how to possibly facilitate the way of caring for or treating a baby. If the ideas are shocking, we need to find a way to move their imaginations and show the consequences of incorrect practices.
Women today willingly use the care of a midwife in pregnancy? Are they trying to find out who will look after them right after delivery?
E.Sz: Of course. A woman with hope and shortly after her is full of fear. If we create the right atmosphere, we will build the right relationship, then the most. Each of us is afraid of something unknown and likes to gain confidence with someone more experienced,
How can a woman find the perfect midwife?
E.Sz: There are many possibilities. You can ask your friends who have already given birth or who are pregnant. There are also many websites online and nationwide, as well as regional associations of nurses and midwives.
But the easiest way is to just go to your midwife POZ.