A few things to do before you arrive...

• Read the selected literature on child health in the online reading list Find out about the MMR controversy and the latest news!
• Prepared for their meeting with a mother and her baby
• Finished working on their learning logs

Timetable
• 09.30 Tutorial: health promotion for mothers and babies
• 10.00 Mothers and babies talk to mothers and baby at the practice and practice examining babies
• Meet with practice nurse/health visitor to discuss their role in caring for babies and young children
• Final feedback tutorial on learning log and professionalism

Aim: an opportunity to meet with and talk to a mother and her baby and to gain an understanding of the health monitoring and health promotion provided for babies and young children by the primary health care team

Learning Objectives

• Describe the daily routine for one mother and baby or young child that they have met
• List some of the health promotion services provided by the practice for mothers and their babies
• Describe in detail one health promotion intervention provided for babies or young children
• Describe some of their experiences communicating and engaging with the children
• Discuss the most significant changes parents have to deal with after the birth of a child
• Practice interview skills, and communication through play

Reflective writing

Did anything surprise you about your meeting with a mother and young child?
What sort of support do you think new fathers might need from health care professionals?
There have been some well–documented controversies around vaccination of children:
What do you think the role of the GP/Health visitor is in this area?
How would you deal with patients whose views conflicted with the advice you were giving to them?

Essential reading


Further reading


Links



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Subjects for reflection from session 4.




Session 5: Mother and Baby
The media's MMR Hoax
Kaye J, Melero-Montes M, Jick H. Measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the incidence or autism recorded by general practitioners: a time trend analysis. BMJ 2001: 322: 460. [[javascript:doWindowOpen('http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/322/7284/460','new_frame','width=600,height=420,menubar=1,toolbar=1,scrollbars=1,status=1,location=1,resizable=1',0)|http://www.bmj.com/cgi/reprint/322/7284/460]]
Wakefield A, Murch S, Anthony A, Linnell J, Casson D, Malik M, Berelowitz, Dhilon A, Thompson M, Harvey P, Valentine A, Davies S, Walker-Smith J. Lancet 1998; 351: 637. [[javascript:doWindowOpen('http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.351.9103.original_research.7540.1&x=x.pdf','new_frame','width=600,height=420,menubar=1,toolbar=1,scrollbars=1,status=1,location=1,resizable=1',0)|http://pdf.thelancet.com/pdfdownload?uid=llan.351.9103.original_research.7540.1&x=x.pdf]]