Online Program

Parent survival guide video: Learning how to care for your newborn before leaving the hospital

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 10:15 a.m. - 10:17 a.m.

Micheleen Hashikawa, MD, Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
The first few days after delivering a child are overwhelming for most parents, and in particular, first time parents. During the process of hospital discharge, parents may feel bombarded with information. To complicate matters further, the length of hospital stay after an uncomplicated vaginal delivery has decreased significantly over the past several decades, and now often occurs within 24 hours. It can be difficult to provide information about infant care prior to discharge in a way parents will remember given the multiple competing demands on parents during this time.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Discuss how discharging new parents(s) and their infant(s) from the hospital can be stressful for both the patients and the health care providers as a barrage of information is exchanged with questions on consistent communication and memory retention. Demonstrate how information on caring for the newborn can be standardized in a video-based format which patients can re-access even after leaving the hospital.

Keyword(s): Public health or related education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently an active family medicine physician doing deliveries, caring for newborns, and teaching residents and medical students at our teaching hospital. I daily face the challenges of supervising the delivery of consistent discharge instructions amidst time constraints from our high volume to many overwhelmed parents who are rushed out of the hospital within 24 hours of delivery.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.