Yesterday, we discussed the ‘what’ of birth plans after CNA training. Today we are going to go more in depth and discuss how you, as a CNA, will be involved in a mother’s birth plan after CNA training. While you might think your job as a CNA would be limited in this area of the health care field, you would be wrong. Doctors, nurses, and midwives will depend on you to help with some of the basic, but important tasks that are included in the birth plan.
Birth Plan Tasks After CNA Training
When you finish CNA training, you may be asked to perform the following tasks in a maternity ward or birthing center.
- Vital Signs- It will most likely be your responsibility to monitor and report the mother’s vital signs, whether she is coming in for a routine checkup or giving birth. Prenatal women need physical evaluations often to ensure they are healthy, as well as their baby. After CNA training, your supervisor will depend on you to report any abnormal changes in blood pressure, respiration, and pulse.
- Weight Checks- You will learn during CNA training that women are expected to gain some weight during pregnancy. In fact, it is concerning if they don’t gain weight. If they gain too much, however, they are at higher risk for preeclampsia and diabetes. Their weight must be monitored frequently and correctly, and that will most likely be your responsibility after CNA training.
- Changing Positions- When a woman is almost ready to give birth, there may be times when she just can’t find a position that is comfortable to lay. However, changing positions on her own isn’t so easy. After CNA training, you will be there to help her move and find a comfortable position until she is ready to give birth.
Caring for Your Patient’s Emotional Needs After CNA Training
While physical health is essential for a new mother and growing baby, you will also be responsible for caring for the patient’s emotional needs as well. You will most likely spend the most time with the patient, and even the simplest gestures can make all the difference to her. She may simply want someone to listen to her concerns, share her fears, or rejoice in her pleasure. You will need to reassure her and answer any questions you are qualified to answer.
If your patient asks a question that you don’t know the answer to, or that falls out of your scope of practice after CNA training, don’t lie to her or shrug it off. Let her know why you can’t answer it and then find another healthcare worker that is part of her birthing team that is more qualified to answer.
After CNA training, you may play a large role in an expectant mother’s birth plan, so you need to know exactly what is expected of you and how to perform your duties correctly. Stop by tomorrow for part three of our series on birth plans, where will discuss common pitfalls you need avoid with birth plans after CNA training.