Essential Medical Equipment for Maternity Care
New life deserves protection. This means protecting mothers’ lives before, during, and after delivery. Our guide examines essential equipment for this process.
Medicine is one of the few careers where one’s job centers around the essential aspects of humanity: life and death. These forces meet powerfully in maternity care. As healthcare providers, we have the power to help mothers bring new life into the world. This requires knowledge, care, and having the essential medical equipment for maternity care.
Medical suction pumps serve several functions during delivery, mostly surrounding a baby’s respiration. A baby who is unable to clear their oral or nasal passages will have trouble breathing. A baby is especially at risk of this when meconium is passed during delivery. Although suctioning is not necessary during every birth, it is essential to keep one in the delivery room in case of complications.
Suction can also help during the delivery. When a baby is having trouble passing through the birth canal, this can lead to the need for a cesarean section, which is difficult to recover from or can cause health problems for the baby. In these instances, vacuum delivery may be possible. During this type of delivery, a doctor can use a specialized suction vacuum to guide the baby through the birth canal.
Patient Monitoring Equipment
Patient monitoring equipment is perhaps the most necessary medical equipment for maternal health. Because so much is happening under the surface before, during, and after delivery, issues may slip past even the experts of prenatal care. Hospitals should have the following in their maternity arsenal.
High blood pressure is common in pregnant women, and it can cause problems for both mothers and babies during delivery. It can make it difficult for babies to get oxygen and cause preterm birth, as well as lead to kidney damage, stroke, and seizures in mothers. Hospitals need to be able to monitor blood pressure throughout pregnancy as well as during and after delivery.
It is even more difficult for doctors to gauge the vitals of a newborn throughout the pregnancy. And because a newborn’s health can deteriorate so rapidly, it is even more essential. Fetal monitors are especially helpful during a high-risk pregnancy, but they can detect changes in seemingly normal pregnancies as well. Fetal monitors can also help determine whether suctioning is necessary.
There is nothing more precious than new life, and as a healthcare provider, your job is to guard it. At Med One Group, we have the equipment you need to help take care of mothers and their babies