Rates of maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States represent an urgent crisis. The purpose of this article is to consolidate current postpartum care guidelines to provide a comprehensive approach to care in the postpartum period. We include a critical examination of the reasons for some women’s lack of attendance at postpartum visits, the current state of postpartum care, and the unmet needs of women. We review several postpartum care programs and suggest possible solutions for the postpartum period, including clinical implications for continuity of care for women with comorbidities including gestational diabetes, hypertension, and depression.
Reference: Walker, Kelly C.; Arbour, Megan W.; Wika, Judith C. Consolidation of Guidelines of Postpartum Care Recommendations to Address Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. Nursing for Women’s Health. 23.6; p508-517. (Dec 2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.nwh.2019.09.004