b. Objectives of Prenatal Care. During the initial visit, the objectives are
directed toward confirming a diagnosis of pregnancy and beginning the process of data
collection to act as a basis for ongoing prenatal care. These objectives include:
Prevention of complication.
Modification of those complications that may develop.
(3) Support of the patient's goal to carry the infant to term and deliver a
Education of the mother-to-be and her family for the parenting role.
(5) Inclusion of the family as a whole in the concept of "family-centered
c. Health Care Professionals. Health care professionals involved in the
administration of the prenatal care includes:
(1) Physicians. They are primarily involved in diagnosing normal and
abnormal conditions associated with the childbearing cycle.
(2) Nursing personnel. Nursing personnel includes the nurse practitioners,
clinical nurse specialists, registered nurses, and licensed practical nurses. Nursing
personnel serves as teachers, counselors, and resource personnel. They have the
responsibility to develop and implement nursing care plans.
Others. Other health care personnel that are involved in prenatal care
(b) Laboratory technicians.
(d) Occupational therapists.
(e) Similar support personnel.
d. Choice of Health Care Professionals. The pregnant patient is responsible
to choose the type of individual she prefers to consult for prenatal supervision and care.
She may choose a private obstetrician, family practice physician, clinic with no control
over which physician provides the care, or a nurse midwife. The primary concern is
whether the individual she chooses meets her goals, desires, and expectations.