A Washington Post article states that more and more new parents are looking to the Internet for information. As patient advocates, nurses need to educate their patients on the most reliable sources for medical information on the 'net' and how sources are placed at the top in Google searches. Medical information is more reliable if obtained from .edu, .org, or .gov sites versus .com sites that are more commonly trying to sell a product. This site is support by the CDC, however, one would more likely reference the CDC to the parent.
Many hospitals create their own specific handouts at discharge. As a result of shortened stays, multiple visitors, lack of prenatal education, and mom's psychological state after delivery, it is difficult to teach all of the necessary information and expect it to be retained. Even though nurses teach with every patient encounter, 'discharge teaching' has become a checklist to complete of a ramble of too much information, with an inpatient family that just wants to leave. Having a back-up handout helps, but in the middle of the night, when a new baby is screaming, new moms and dads feel helpless and don't know what to do and don't remember where they have placed this information among all the gifts.
Research into postpartum discharge teaching has shown that many mothers are not recognizing the signs and symptoms of dangerous conditions after discharge. This acronym has been created to make it easy for busy new moms and families as a quick reference and guide to help save lives and enhance quality care after discharge.
March of Dimes is a recognized source and name. Although controversy surrounds the fundraising dollars, their patient education materials are well written and and readily available. Their information also emphasizes the seven (7) warning signs of the postpartum period which is essential for patients and families to know. It is not as succinct as the AWHONN Post Birth acronym, but a close second.