This essay aims to reflect upon a particular episode of care during the postnatal period, using a reflective cycle as a guide. The author will firstly discuss reflection and its implications in midwifery practice. Teekman (2000) states reflecting on one’s professional practice as self-empowering as it provides us with a look into personal understanding and control. It is believed that if us as midwives are given the opportunity to reflect upon our professional practice, that this will aid us in enhancing our professional practice and enable us to become better practitioners (Schon, 1983). Reflection is an important process for midwives to be able to, not only deal with particular situations well, but to help us as professionals grow and
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temperature, can led to devastating consequences for all involved. Failure to undertake or record even a single observation can have significant consequence for patient care (Pomeroy, 2009). Another negative was watching what should have been a joyous, happy occasion for Susan and her husband had now turned into a horrific ordeal. This time should have been spent bonding between mum and baby and spending time together as a family. The first few hours and days after the birth of a baby are critical in the establishment of a positive bond between mum and infant and the consequences of unsuccessful bonding can be devastating and long-lasting (Klaus & Kennell, 1976).
There were also a number of positive aspects of this experience. The first was watching the MDT (multidisciplinary team) working well together and stabilising the lady. All avenues were covered and the lady returned to the postnatal ward two days later. She was treated for sepsis and spent a few days on Intravenous antibiotics but made a full recovery. Salas et al (2007) stated that there is a close association with effective teamwork and patient safety.
Another positive aspect was the effective communication between all members of the MDT. Everyone involved was kept up to date and a care plan was devised. Also the communication between the staff and Susan’s husband was exceptional and he was very thankful after the event for all the help and supports he and his wife received. Moss (2008) stated that the