New Parenting, Maternal and Infant Health
DEPARTMENT OF OB/GYN, PEDIATRICS, AND FAMILY MEDICINE
NEW PARENTING, MATERNAL, AND INFANT HEALTH
LOCATION: Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Morgantown, WV
PRECEPTOR: Emily Nease, MD and Elizabeth Cohen, MSW, LICSW
DURATION: 4 weeks - weekly meeting to be arranged by preceptors
OFFERED: In house elective for students becoming parents during the fourth year. By arrangement with preceptor. (WVU medical students only)
MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: By arrangement with preceptor
Following completion of the elective the student will be able to:
- Develop enhanced parent-child bonding skills.
- Discuss changes during the post-partum period.
- Discuss practical/applicable information about the challenges of the early infancy period.
- Discuss attitudes related to childbirth new parenting.
- Discuss attitudes related to being a consumer of health care versus being a provider of health care.
- Discuss early postpartum and infancy experiences.
- Update knowledge about early childhood development.
- Review recent articles pertaining to maternal, fetal, newborn health, and parenting roles.
- Discuss parenting styles/attitudes with partners for effective/consistent parenting.
METHODS TO ACHIEVE OBJECTIVES:
- The student will participate in a weekly meeting with preceptor(s).
- The student will read 4 articles on pregnancy; adoption; maternal/paternal concerns/roles; the postpartum period; neonatal/infant care. Each week the student will present 1 critically reviewed article to the group. Submission of the proposed article must be 1 week in advance and approved by the preceptor.
- The student will participate in weekly discussions of challenges and concerns of being a new parent and child raising.
- The student will maintain a journal/diary of experiences, new knowledge and attitudes regarding the birth/adoption experience. The journal entries should occur at least 3 times a week when this rotation begins. The student will turn in the journal at the last class and it will be returned.
- The student will provide written evaluation/feedback of the course regarding whether objectives were met and how the course could be improved. This information will be shared with the faculty.
EXAMINATION PROCEDURES AND EVALUATION CRITERIA:
Based on attendance, weekly participation in small group, discussion of articles, and completion of journal/diary.
Contact preceptor(s) at least 4 months prior to the scheduled rotation start date. Please provide 3-4 specific maternal/infant health topics of interest.