Chapter 6 Summary Social Work

Chapter 6 Summary Social Work - Jacquelyn Magoc Social Work...

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Jacquelyn Magoc Social Work 227 Chapter 6 Social workers must have a broad range of knowledge when it comes to prenatal as well as pre-pregnancy issues. Social workers are normally the first person that people talk to when they find out they are pregnant. Proving these pregnant mothers with information regarding their pregnancy may prevent complications that could occur. Pregnancy is broken down into three trimesters (13 weeks), lasting 38 to 40 weeksThe first trimesters is considered the most critical stage of development There are two different ways to figure out your babies’ age. One being the gestational age (which doctors go by), it is not the actual date of conception but the first day of a women’s last menstrual cycle. Another way is the conception age, based on the actual day the fetus was conceived. Babies that are born three or more weeks early are called preterm. Babies are able to survive being born prematurely, but usually 25 or 26 weeks survive. Premature babies tend to have a low birth weight, low birth weight is when a baby is born under 5 ½ pounds. Very low birth weight, babies weigh less than 3 pounds, and extremely low birth weight babies that are less than 2 pounds. Low birthrate can be caused by smoking, disease, young or old age, etc. Being born at a low birth rate can cause death, asthma, diabetes, malnourishment, heart disease, learning problems, etc. The social worker must be the advocate, educator, and mentor when dealing with the client individually. Many clients are confronted with unplanned pregnancies, and each client has their own personal opinion on pregnancy options. Social workers must understand that the client has the right to self-determination and even if the social worker does not agree with the clients choices they are her choices. . More and more older adults are deciding to have children; social workers must deal with helping a client with infertility, emotional aspects, economic challenges to the health care system, potential birth defects, as well as changing societal roles. There are many dilemmas when dealing with older parents, but there are positives such as maturity and economic stability. Men and both older women face the same complications in trying to conceive. As people get older they can face fertility issues, not only do older people face fertility issues but approximately 10 to 15% of United States couples have problems with conception. There are methods in which one may have children which include surgery, medication, sperm donation, hormone therapy, in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and the use of surrogate mothers.
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2011 for the course SWRK 227 taught by Professor Shannoncooper-sadlo during the Fall '10 term at Saint Louis.

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