November/December 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - Contributor Index

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The Maternal Infant Microbiome: Considerations for Labor and Birth

Dunn, Alexis B.; Jordan, Sheila; Baker, Brenda J.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):318-325, November/December 2017.

Multiple aspects of the labor and birth environment have been shown to influence the initial colonization process of the newborn microbiome. Implications of various nursing activities and factors unique to the labor and birth environment that may influence the microbiome of women and newborns during labor and birth are presented.

The Dangers of Youth Football

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):361, November/December 2017.

Pediatric providers working in emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children ages 5–18 for sports-related head injuries each year. Approximately 3 million youth are playing tackle football today in the United States. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Judy Beal, explains evolving evidence about the dangers of youth tackle football.

Nurses' Knowledge and Teaching of Possible Postpartum Complications

Suplee, Patricia D.; Bingham, Debra; Kleppel, Lisa

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):338-344, November/December 2017.

In this study, registered nurses who care for women during postpartum were surveyed to assess their knowledge of maternal morbidity and mortality, and the information they share with women before discharge from the hospital about potential warning signs of postpartum complications. Findings suggest postpartum nurses need an update on these topics so they can offer women accurate information before their hospital discharge after childbirth that is vital to their wellbeing during the postpartum period.