Postnatal Refresher is a theory based e-learning course, designed for experienced midwives who wish to update their understanding and knowledge with the latest evidence based research.

This courses commences with a look at the history of postnatal practices and the impacts on maternity care following World War I and World War II. From here, we review changing trends in relation to postnatal care in the first hour, breastfeeding, and increased awareness of mental health.

Module 2, the focus turns to the woman and how midwives should care/support her during the postnatal period. We address breasts and breastfeeding, postoperative care/wound care, blood loss, voiding, postnatal contraception, assessing psychosocial risks and assessing postnatal depression. 

Module 3 discusses a babies transition to extrauterine life, including initiation of respiration through to examination of the newborn. We also provide a brief overview of ongoing postnatal care for the newborn, such as the Neonatal Screening Test and Newborn Hearing Test.