Original Research

Community-based postnatal care model: Catalyst for management of mothers and neonates

Katekani J. Shirindza, Thivhulawi Malwela, Sonto M. Maputle
Curationis | Vol 47, No 1 | a2563 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v47i1.2563 | © 2024 Katekani J. Shirindza, Thivhulawi Malwela, Sonto M. Maputle | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2023 | Published: 22 April 2024

About the author(s)

Katekani J. Shirindza, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Thivhulawi Malwela, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa
Sonto M. Maputle, Department of Advanced Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Early postnatal discharge is perceived as a factor that contributes to the possibilities of the maternal, neonatal complications and deaths. The implementation of the community-based postnatal care model is crucial to mitigate the morbidity and mortality of postnatal women and neonates during the first weeks of delivery. A community-based postnatal care model was developed for the management of neonates during the postnatal care period in the community.

Objectives: The study aims to share the developed community-based postnatal care model that could assist postnatal women in the management of neonates.

Method: Empirical findings from the main study formed the basis for model development. The model development in this study was informed by the work of Walker and Avant; Chinn and Kramer Dickoff, James and Wiedenbach; and Chinn and Jacobs.

Results: The results indicated that there was no community-based postnatal care model developed to manage neonates. The model is described using the practice theory of Dickoff, James and Wiedenbach elements of agents, recipients, context, process, dynamics and outcomes within the community context of the postnatal care period. The model was further described by Chinn and Krammer following the assumptions of the model, concept definition, relation statement and nature of structure.

Conclusion: The utilisation of the model is critical and facilitates the provision of an enabling and supportive community-based context by primary caregivers for the effective management of neonates.

Contribution: This study provides a reference guide in the provision of community-based postnatal care by postnatal women after discharge from healthcare facilities.


Keywords

catalyst; management; model; neonates; postnatal women

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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