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Postpartum Assessment

Contributed on July 4, 2022, last updated September 6, 2023.



Brenda E. Orazietti, York University

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This virtual simulation game focuses on a virtual healthcare encounter between a nurse nursing student and a mother who just gave birth, working in primary care. The intended learners are undergraduate nursing students (years2-4) having knowledge of maternity nursing. This learning experience incorporates the BUBBLE mnemonic (Breast, Uterus, Bowels, Bladder, Lochia, Episiotomy/Laceration/C-Section Incision) method of performing a post-partum health assessment on a new mother within the first 4 hours of delivery.

Learning Objectives:

Demonstrate competence in assessing a new mother on admission to the postpartum unit to determine if complications or normal physiological states are present.

Prioritize care based on assessment findings for a client admitted to the postpartum unit to provide safe care.

Implement therapeutic communication techniques when performing the postpartum assessment to provide family centered care

Simulation Modality:

Virtual gaming simulation / virtual patient


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Orazietti BE. Postpartum Assessment. Simulation resource published by Simulation Canada; 2022. Available from

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Target Learners






Undergraduate / post-secondary

Fields / Disciplines:

Obstetrics & maternal-child

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