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Obs & Gynecology:Antenatal Examination

Obs & Gynecology:Antenatal Examination

This is <Mrs.Murphy> ,a <28 year old> <schoolteacher> ,from <Dublin> ,who is <38 weeks pregnant>with her <third>
baby. The reason she is in hospital is
<a routine checkup || breech presentation || preeclampsia || diabetes || PROM || APH || ...>.
Current pregnancy: planned
The pregnancy was
<planned || unexpected>
<Mrs. Murphy>
<was || was not>
taking periconceptual folic acid.
[If contraception like OCP failed, you may wish to ask her why it didn't work].
Current pregnancy: confirmation
She had a positive pregnancy test at
She booked into hospital at
<13 weeks>
and an ultrasound scan
<confirmed her menstrual dates>.
<She felt quickening at ... weeks>.
Current pregnancy: Rhesus/rubella
She is
<Rhesus positive || Rhesus negative || uncertain of her Rhesus status>
<rubella immune || not rubella immune || uncertain of her rubella status>.
Current pregnancy: breastfeeding
<breastfed || bottlefed>
her previous children and intends
<breastfeeding || bottlefeeding>
for this baby.
If breastfeeding and first child:
<She is comfortable with breastfeeding because she has taken a class>.
Current pregnancy: antenatal care
She opted for antenatal care with
<her general practitioner || this hospital>.
Her antenatal course was
<normal until she was admitted to hospital on this occasion || normal except for a ... at ... weeks gestation>.
Current pregnancy: pre-admission events
<Mrs. Murphy>
was admitted to hospital
<4 days>
ago. She complained of
Current pregnancy: hospital events
Since coming into hospital, the investigations she have had are
which showed
<Mrs. Murphy>
tells me that she is being kept in the hospital
<for observation>.
Past medical surgical history
On briefly reviewing Mrs. Murphy's past medical and surgical history...

Family history
In her family history...
In particular, there is
<no family history>
of diabetes, and
twins in the family.
Social history
With regard to social history,
<Mrs. Murphy>
works as a
<She also works at home looking after her children>.
She is due to go on a
<3 month>
maternity leave in
<1 week>.

She is residing in
<a 2 bedroom apartment>.
Her husband works as a
Her children are being looked after by
<the children's grandmother>.

<Mrs. Murphy>
<does not smoke || smokes ... cigarettes a day>

Prior to the pregnancy, she
<did not smoke || smoked ... cigarettes a day>.
She has
<not taken any alcohol || has restricted herself to ... units of alcohol per week>
since finding out she was pregnant.
taking iron and folic acid supplements.
Gynecological history
With regards to
<Mrs. Murphy's>
past gynecological history...
Her last smear test was in
it was
<all of her smear tests have been normal>.
Obstetrical history
Turning our attention to
<Mrs. Murphy's>
previous obstetrical history, she has
<two girls>,
<2 and 4 years>.
They are
<both well>.
If an abnormal pregnancy, full details:
In her first pregnancy, she
<was induced>
<39 weeks>,
and after
<2 hours || 6 hours [depending on if making start of labour as when enter labour ward]>,
<under went a Cesarean section>
because of
<fetal distress>.
The cesarean section was performed
<under epidural>.
The baby weighed
at birth and
<was not admitted || was admitted for ... days>
to the neonatal unit.
She had
<no post-operative complications || post-operative complications of ...>.
If a normal pregnancy, brief:
In her second pregnancy, she
<went into spontaneous labor>
and had
<a normal vaginal delivery>.
The baby weighed
If a miscarriage, also brief:
<Mrs. Murphy>
also had
months ago
<10 weeks>
<underwent ERPC>.
Current pregnancy: LMP
Focusing our attention on this pregnancy, the first day of
<Mrs. Murphy's>
last menstrual period was
<Sept 18th>.
She is
<certain || uncertain>
of the date, because she
<wrote it in her diary || remembers the day of conception>.
She has a
<28 day>

cycle, and
<stopped the combined oral contraceptive pill>
<6 months>
before becoming pregnant.
By Nageles's rule, her estimated date of delivery is
<June 25th>.
Summary of history
In summary, therefore, this is
<Mrs. Murphy>,
<28 year old>
who is
<38 weeks pregnant>
with her
The reason she is in hospital is
<a routine checkup || breech presentation || preeclampsia || diabetes || PROM || APH || ...>.
<Mrs. Murphy>
is being kept in the hospital
<for observation>.
Examination: general
<Mrs. Murphy>
<clinically well>.
Examination: vitals
Her temperature is
<36.9ΒΊ Celsius>.
Her pulse is
<80 bpm, regular rhythm, and normal character and volume>.
Her blood pressure is
Her respiratory rate is
Her urine sample is
<normal || shows elevated <protein || glucose || ...>.
Examination: disease specifics
[If she is in hospital for a disease, describe the relevant findings. For example, if preeclampsia:
She has
<pedal edema || no evidence of pedal edema>
and her lower deep tendon reflexes
<are || are not>
Examination: inspection
On inspection of the abdomen, there is an
<ovoid || globular>
swelling, consistent with
<the pregnant state || a ... trimester pregnancy>.
<are || are no>
cutaneous signs of pregnancy, such as striae gravidarum and linea nigra.
<are no visible scars || are visible scars consistent with a prior...>.
<are || are no>
visible fetal movements.
Examination: palpation
[Ask mother if tender anywhere on abdomen before touching, and also ask her to mention any discomfort of if feel faint during the examination].
I measured the symphysio-fundal height on the inches side to reduce observer error, and found it to be
<38 centimetres>,
<is || is not>
compatible with gestation.
The fetal parts that I feel in the fundus appear to be the
as they are
<soft, irregular, and non-ballotable>.
The lie is
<longitudinal || transverse || oblique>
and the back would appear to be on the
<right || left>
as it offers more resistance to palpation and I feel small parts on the opposite side.
The presentation appears to be
<cephalic || breech || shoulder>.
The head
<is || is not>
The fetus appears clinically
<normal || small || large>
in size.
The liquor volume appears clinically
<normal || reduced || increased>.
[Some obstetricians may ask about your liquor volume devining abilities: "Really? The liquor volume is normal? Perhaps we should toss out our expensive ultrasound and pay you instead." That is why it is important for you to include "clinically" in the desciption-- it is "clinically normal".]
Examination auscultation
The fetal heart is best heard over the
<below the level>
of the umbilicus, and is
Examination: summary
This is a
<singleton || multiple>
<longitudinal || transverse || oblique>
<cephalic || breech>
presentation, the head
<is || is not engaged>,
the fetus is clinically
<normal || large || small>
in size, the liquor volume is clinically
<normal || reduced || increased>,
and the fetal heart is
Postnatal Physical Examination :
This is
<Mrs. || Miss || Ms.>
<34 year old>
who delivered her
days ago at
weeks gestation, a
<boy || girl>
<spontaneous vaginal || assisted vaginal || breech || Cesarean section>
<is || is planning>
<bottle || breast>
feeding, and
<both baby and mother are well>.
Past history
<She is a longterm diabetic, which is successfully managed with insulin>.
<She had a PDA repair in 1969>
<In her Obstetric history, her prior child had congenital deafness>.
<Her mother and 3 sisters all had at least one post-partum hemorrhage>.
<She smoked one pack a day since she was 16, but since finding out she was pregnant, she has limited herself to one or two cigarettes per week>.
<Before her pregnancy she consumed 3 units of alcohol per week, but she has not taken any alcohol since finding out she was pregnant>.
<She is not on any medications, and she has no allergies>.
Current pregnancy
First day of her LMP was
<November 20th>
and she is
<certain || uncertain>
of her dates, because
<she wrote it in her diary || remembers the time of conception>.
By Nagele's rule, her estimated date of delivery is
<August 27th>.
An ultrasound scan at
<13 weeks>
<confirmed her dates>
Her pregnancy was
<uneventful, except for a .... at 35 weeks gestation>.
She is Rhesus
<positive || negative>
<is || is not>
Rubella immune.
Labour: onset/duration
<Mrs. O'Connor's>
labour began with
<painful uterine contractions ... minutes apart, increasing in duration and frequency>
<1:00 am on Tuesday morning>
followed by
<a show and spontaneous rupture of membrane || a show but no spontaneous rupture of membrane || a spontaneous rupture of membrane || neither show nor spontaneous rupture of membrane>.
She was admitted to hospital at
<8:45 am>
by which time her cervix had dilated to
<3 cm>.
She was admitted to the antenatal ward. She was examined by the
and her cervix was found to be effaced and cervix dilated to
A diagnosis of labour was made, and she was sent to delivery.
The first stage lasted for
<2 hours [some hospitals specify labour as time from admission to labor unit] || 9 hours>,
the second stage lasted for
<20 minutes>.
She was given
<10 units/1000mL IV of oxytocin || 500 micrograms/1ml IM of ergometrine>.
Labour: analgesia
For anaglesia, she first tried
<Nitrous oxide by inhalation>,
but subsequently requested
<an epidural at 8:45am>
<gave adequate analgesic relief for the duration of labour>.
Labour: fetal signs
The liquor was
<clear throughout || green throughout || clear, then green>.
<a cardiotocograph was connected during the labour, and intermittent auscultation was performed>
Electronic fetal monitoring
<was not performed || <was performed due to:
<prolonged labor || suspected small for dates || prematurity || APH>>.
Fetal blood sampling
<was not done || was done to look for ...>
Labour: delivery/infant
The delivery was
<spontaneous vaginal || vaginal instrumental || breech || Cesarean section>
<a ... degree tear || <midline || mediolateral> episiotomy requiring ... stitches || no tears or episiotomy required>
condition at birth was
<normal, crying immediately at birth || ...>,
and weighed
<3 kg>.
A pediatrician
<was || was not>
present at the time of delivery.
<was admitted to the neonatal unit || went with her mother to the postnatal ward>
Maternal history: lochia
Her lochia is currently
<red || brown || white>,
<is odourless || has a pungent odour>,
<has no clots || has some clots>,
<is less || is more>
than a period,
and is
<getting less each day>.
Maternal history: pelvic pain
Mrs. O'Connor has
<no pelvic pain || is experiencing some pelvic pain which she describes as ...>
Maternal history: restored function
Since returning from delivery, she is
<now ambulatory || not yet ambulatory>,

<has passed her bowels || has not yet passed her bowels>,
<has no flatus || is experiencing some flatus>,
<has voided her bladder || has not yet voided her bladder>.
Maternal examination: affect
<Mrs. O'Connor>
<clinically well>
and appears
with her baby.
[This is a more polite way to descibe that she is not experiencing any postpartum depression/psychosis.]
Maternal examination: vitals
Her temperature is
<36.9ΒΊ Celcius>.
Her pulse is
<80 bpm, regular rhythm, and normal character and volume>.
Her blood pressure is
Maternal examination: general
She has
<no signs of anemia || signs of anemia including...>.
Maternal examination: chest
Her chest is
<clear, with good air entry bilaterally, and no added sounds>.
Her respiratory rate is
Maternal examination: legs
<are || are no>
signs of DVTs, such as asymmetric: size, color, or temperature. There
<are || are no>
signs of superficial thrombophebitis.
Maternal examination: abdomen
On inspection of the abdomen, it is distended
<below || above>.
the umbilicus. It
<moves || does not move>
with respiration, and
<no scars are visible || there is a visible cesarean and episotomy scar that is...>.
On palpation of the abdomen, the fundus is
fingerwidths below the umbilicus.
<It is less than the expected 1 cm/day, possibly due to a full bladder as she has not voided in the last 8 hours>.
The fundus is
<normal size and shape || ...>,
<mobile || immobile>,
<regular || irregular>
<firm || soft>
<nontender || tender>.
If a Cesarean section was done:
The incision site appears to be
<healing well>.
The incision is
the edges are
<well opposed>,
and there are
<stitches || stitches and steristrips>
in place.
There is
<no discharge or other signs of infection>.
There is
<no extreme abdominal distention>,
and bowels sounds are
<present and normal>.
<well, moving all four limbs, ...> :
If bottle feeding:
is bottle feeding, taking
<SMA || Cow and Gate || ...>,
<50 mL>
per feed, feeding
hours, and is
<wetting her nappies [alternatively: if <3 days, can say "passing meconium and urine"]>.
If breast feeding:
is breast feeding
times a day
<and through the night>,
<on demand || by docking>,
with each feed lasting
<10 minutes, with 5 minutes per side>.
<is satisfied>
with her feed, and her nappies
<are wet>.
<Mrs. O'Connor>
<feels || does not feel>
her breasts empty and swell,
<has no nipple concerns, and>
<is comfortable taking Claire on and off, as she went to a class>
If nation's protocol is for BCG vaccination and/or Guthrie tests:
<had || is scheduled for>
her BCG on
and her metabolic screen is on
Contraception / parenting / PT
After pregancy, she
<will || will not>
<start on || go back on>
<the combing oral contraceptive pill in 4 weeks time [alternatively: starting on the day of her next period] || ...>,
<as it has offered good prote


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