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20. Specific hygienic needs of the postpartum mother.

a. Vaginal delivery

1) The mother will shower according to her needs.   2) The mother will have been instructed by her physician/practitioner to wash the genital area after voiding or moving bowels.   (a) Usually some type of squirt bottle is very useful for this.   (b) The spray should be directed from front to back. b. Cesarean section delivery

A mother delivering by cesarean section should shower daily to prevent accumulation of germs on her body and around the wound that may contribute to infection.

 
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21. The normal discomforts in the postpartum period and comfort measures that may be used. (See Table 3-4

Checklist for New Parents (especially Fathers) and Family Members

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