Special Populations: Labor and Delivery
Planning for the care of a pregnant patient and fetus is an important facet of clinical care. This chapter will provide a framework for clinical, social, and ethical topics that every facility should consider prior to caring for pregnant patients infected with highly hazardous communicable diseases (HHCD). Pregnancy and fetal care teams include labor health nursing, neonatal nursing, obstetricians, pediatricians, anesthesiologists, and the specialists of maternal fetal medicine and neonatology. All must be included as part of the planning process as each will have unique roles, needs, and perspectives in developing an optimized area and system for care of infected patients. This chapter further details background to help understand emergencies as well as associated complications, fears, and specific solutions to previously encountered challenges.
KeywordsPregnant Pregnancy Fetus Obstetric Labor Delivery Perinatal Amnionitis Chorioamnionitis