Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Home Health Nurse

Remember my great home health nurse postcard? I did send it in just before Christmas and on Monday received a call from Helle (Hell-uh) scheduling a meeting this morning for a prenatal home health nurse visit at the apartment. Over tea, she explained how she would be doing what functionally are well-baby visits in the States – weight checks, general newborn assessments and breastfeeding support – no later than eight days after the baby is born.

Today’s visit was primarily a chance for us to meet her and ask any questions we had about newborn care, how the system works, etc. She let me know that the home health nurses also play an active role in setting up groups of other young moms in the area – an interesting role for a health care provider – playgroup coordinator.

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