The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has introduced postnatal service at nine of its health centres - Al Wakra, Airport, West Bay, Omar Bin Kattab, Rawdat Al Khail, Gharaffa, Al Rayan, Abu Nakhla, Al Daayen, and Al Sheehaniya - with plans to expand to the rest of the health centres this year.
The service is initiated through a telephone call, during which the mother is provided with information on the support available to her at the postnatal clinic where she will be assessed to ensure that she receives the appropriate aftercare.
The target beneficiaries of this service are mothers who have undergone vaginal childbirth at an HMC facility and who are registered at PHCC health centres, with priority for Qatari mothers in view of limited capacity.
Mothers who undergo normal delivery, without routine medical intervention can now take advantage of the postnatal services.
Dr Hessa Shahbic, manager, Maternal and Child Health at PHCC, stated that the service aims at promoting good recovery from childbirth, through assessment, and counselling.
"A dedicated team provides evaluation of the mothers’ physical and psychological state, determines the appropriate support to help them overcome health challenges post pregnancy and childbirth. The service also promotes breastfeeding, and provides the most appropriate birth spacing corresponding with the mothers’ need."
Dr Hessa encouraged mothers to take advantage of this service, with currently only 35% of new mothers utilising the service, though this percentage varies on a monthly basis.
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