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Aust Fam Physician. 2006 Sep;35(9):674-8.

The postpartum visit--why wait 6 weeks?

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ewapiejko@ihug.com.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

In many western countries, the traditional 6 week check is a routine medical review of a mother and her baby 6 weeks after the birth. In Australia, general practitioners perform the majority of postpartum assessments.

OBJECTIVE:

This article discusses some of the common issues that concern women following the birth of a baby, and the medical conditions GPs need to address in the postpartum period.

DISCUSSION:

The research literature does not support any benefit of a 6 week check. However, clinical evidence, our expertise as GPs, and our personal experiences, clearly indicate that the postpartum period is a time of tremendous change, increased health problems, and emotional upheaval for new parents. General practitioners are in an ideal position to assist families during this period and may consider a sooner rather than later, proactive rather than reactive, approach to postpartum care.

PMID:
16969434
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