Maternal health remains a global health issue because the lives of millions of women at reproductive age can be saved through maternal healthcare services. Skilled care before, during, and after childbirth can save the lives of women and their new-born babies. The National Department of Health identified Basic Antenatal Care (BANC) as the best approach to improving healthcare outcomes for pregnant women. This is to be achieved by increasing Antenatal visits from five to eight. This programme is designed for professional nurses performing basic antenatal care in primary healthcare facilities.
This course is about discussion of the terminology used during pregnancy; the importance of antenatal care; and when antenatal care should start during pregnancy as well as the intervals of the follow-up visits. The course also describes the care for the pregnant women received during the first and follow up visits. This includes clinical assessment, monitoring foetal growth, screening for infection and congenital abnormalities, counselling, and referral if needed.
Professional midwives that are managing pregnant women in primary health care settings and other relevant public health facilities where patients receive antenatal care.
Professional nurses with a midwifery registration.
The course will be delivered through blended learning and mentoring at the work-site. The following learning methods will be used, lectures, case studies, group work, discussions and individual work.
The duration of the course is theory for 3 days.
Students must have access to the internet.
A practical portfolio of evidence should be submitted to the facilitator with the completed cases for evaluation.
A Health Systems Trust Certificate of Competence will be awarded to participants who attend the course and complete the assessments.
The course fees vary, based on the number of enrolments by an organisation for the short course. A quotation per student will be given by the Course Co-ordinator, Cassius Semaushu at Cassius.Semaushu@hst.org.za. Course fees must be paid in full prior to the course start date.
Cassius Semaushu, E: Cassius.Semaushu@hst.org.za • T: +27 (0)11 312 4524
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