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Keywords

Epilepsy, Postpartum period, Infant, Parenting, Patient education

 

Authors

  1. Rousseau, Jennifer B. MSN, RNC, WHNP

Abstract

Although pregnancy and postpartum are times of emotional and physical change for all women, women with epilepsy have additional concerns and face special challenges. This article describes the nursing care for this special population to help the clinical nurse provide for the safety of these women and their infants. A multidisciplinary approach is essential, and families need to be included in the care planning. Special considerations for medication management, additional rest, seizure precautions, and discharge instructions are described.