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follow-up care, length of stay, postpartum assessment, outcome data, readmission rate



  1. Keppler, Ann B. MN, RN
  2. Roudebush, Judith L. RN, CNA


The Postpartum Care Center, an outpatient, in-hospital follow-up clinic began in 1991 in response to shortening maternity stays and the resulting need to provide follow-up care to mothers, infants, and families. This innovative model of postpartum follow-up care is cost effective and allows one nurse to see two to three times as many families in a clinic day as could be seen at home. Support services including the laboratory, pharmacy, social service, and anesthesia service are in close proximity to the clinic.