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Childbirth Education for Multiple Pregnancy

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Women with a multiple pregnancy can expect a different labor and birth course than those with a singleton pregnancy. While the postpartum period is similar to that of families with a singleton, it is likely to be more hectic in families with multiple infants. In addition, a multiple pregnancy increases both maternal and neonatal risks; therefore, women with a multiple pregnancy may experience slight differences in care due to these potential risks, including additional monitoring and treatment. This article discusses the intrapartum and postpartum considerations families with a multiple pregnancy/birth may experience. This information is provided so that the childbirth educator can incorporate this content into courses, as appropriate, and assist families with a multiple pregnancy to anticipate a realistic birth and postpartum experience.
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Keywords: childbirth education; multiple pregnancy; pregnancy care

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: KRISTEN MONTGOMERY is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina. 2: SABRINA CUBERA is a BSN student in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina. She is also a nurse technician in the post-anesthesia care unit at Palmetto Health-Baptist in Columbia. 3: CHRISTIE BELCHER, DAVID PATRICK, HEATHER FUNDERBURK, CHRISTA MELTON, and MICHELLE FASTENAU are BSN students in the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina.

Publication date: 01 June 2005

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