Nursing for Women’s Health: A Call for Comprehensive Care in the Fourth Trimester


Childbirth is an event that is remembered for years to come. At the time of discharge from a hospital, new mothers are sent home with many instructions on how to properly care for their newborns, but many may be unprepared for the changes to their bodies and their emotions. Unfortunately, the postpartum period can be a time of great angst and unanswered questions. This commentary describes the personal experience of one of the authors, who encountered difficulty navigating the health care system during the postpartum period. She shares her experience with the hope of promoting change for other women. After reading the account of her birth and recovery, individuals are encouraged to advocate for regular care of new mothers in the fourth trimester. The time to advocate for change is now.

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