District Nursing Mother & Child Care
Maternity Care is care provided by a district nurse after the birth of your baby. It is a service package of a total of ten visits of one hour, covered via an Island Government doctor card (OZR fund) or a cost of NAFL. 750,00. The visits will be delivered over a period of three to four weeks, depending on the care demand.
Maternity Care means care for the newborn as well as care for the mother. The nurse checks the general condition of the newborn such as temperature, weight, heartrate, breathing, skin color and umbilical cord. In addition, the nurse checks general hygiene like bathing, skincare, and gives information and advice on dressing and/or clothing. Finally, the nurse also gives information and advice on feeding, sleeping and more. The nurse also checks the general condition of the mother. The nurse monitors vital signs, checks the womb, and provides wound care if necessary. Besides that, the nurse informs on general wellbeing such as hygiene, healthy diet, family involvement and planning. Lastly, the nurse also provides information and advice on breast/nipple care, and assists with positioning and latching on the newborn.
Maternity Care is given by a Registered Nurse experienced in maternity care to continue care between Sint Maarten Medical Center (SMMC), and the baby clinics (CPS). Jaundice, infections and feeding problems may require a visit to your general practitioner for medical intervention. However, early detection by the Maternity Care nurse reduces doctor visits. Receiving early and continued support of breastfeeding habits remains beneficial in the long run through teenage years and adulthood. It reduces risk of childhood overweight and obesity, as well as infections, asthma and allergies. At home support also lowers stress levels in the home environment.
Adequate information and support to the mother and the family can prevent healthcare complications for both mother and baby.
Potential client or their contact person are invited to apply for maternity up to one week before the due date.
The following documents are needed to start the intake process:
Copy of valid ID card;
Copy of valid (OZR) insurance card;
Medication list (If applicable);
Wound treatment plan (if applicable);
Contact information of client and/or family member or caretaker.
These documents can be emailed or delivered to our Social Worker, Minerva Maccow via email:
The team of DN is called (by the client or her family) after delivery, to notify the team that care is needed soon. Maternity care normally starts the day after the mother and newborn return home after delivery in hospital or clinic. During the first visit the intake form will be filled in and the above mentioned documentation will be collected.
Maternity Care is only covered via an Island Government doctor card (OZR fund). If you have a private insurance you will have to pay the full amount to WYCCF prior to the care. With the receipt you can apply for reimbursement at your insurance company.