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"Antenatal care is essential for the total well being of the mother and the unborn child." Because it prepares the mother for birth and how to bring up her child, as well as ensuring everything goes right during the pregnancy.

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"Antenatal care is essential for the total well being of the mother and the unborn child." Because it prepares the mother for birth and how to bring up her child, as well as ensuring everything goes right during the pregnancy. Antenatal care is provided by midwives, shared care and consultants. Various routine tests are carried out, and compared with the results from the original 'booking test', so that any high risk conditions either in the mother or the foetus are picked up on, and hopefully cured. Foetal growth and the mothers general health are also monitored to make sure everything is okay. There are standard check ups which every woman has to undergo during a pregnancy; first in the first 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. One of the standard checks is the examination of the uterus, the outside of the abdomen is felt to check the size, position and movement of the foetus. ...read more.

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can be avoided, Hepatitis B, so the baby can be giver treatment straight after birth, diabetes- to check for gestational diabetes, syphallis, so that treatment can be given, anaemia, iron supplements and folic acid may be needed, and finally the mothers blood type, incase a blood transfusion is needed during the birth. Tests for HIV status and foetal abnormalities are offered, but are not cumpolsary, and the signed consent of the mother is needed. An image of the baby is built using an ultra-sound scan,(the abdomen is covered with a gel, to provide good contact and a hand held scanner is moved slowly over it) reflected sound waves produce an image of the baby and its internal organs onto a screen, information is taken from measurements and observing the images. ...read more.

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How to look after the new baby and breast feeding etc. Woman get a midwife when they are pregnant, who has has specialist training to enable her to care for women before, during and after pregnancy. The midwife carries out routine tests, offers advice on caring for the baby, conducts the 'booking-in' visit, and books specialist tests, whilst being to prescribe some drugs. They can either be a Team Midwife, who works as part of a professional team in the community or a Maternity Unit Midwife, who works in a hospital. Antenatal care is essential for a baby and the mother, because it prepares the mother for life with a baby making sure that the baby will be looked after properly, and any problems during pregnancy are picked up on. ...read more.

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