May/June 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 3 - Contributor Index

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Honoring Motherhood: The Meaning of Childbirth for Tongan Women

Reed, Shelly J.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Kavaefiafi, ‘Ana; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):146-152, May/June 2017.

Tongan women who had recently given birth were intereviewed about their experiences in this study. The overarching theme was honoring motherhood, with other subthemes related to an unmedicated vaginal birth, spiritual dimensions of birth, cultural practices, and the concept of respect. These data will be useful for nurses caring for women from Tonga who are giving birth in the United States.

Sustainable Development and the Literacy of Women and Girls

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):182, May/June 2017.

Many women and girls in developing countries are illiterate. Literacy and health are closely related. As literacy improves, so does the health of women and girls, while maternal morbidity and mortality decreases. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses the relationship between literacy and maternal child health worldwide and what organizations are doing to help.

Honoring Motherhood: The Meaning of Childbirth for Tongan Women

Reed, Shelly J.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Kavaefiafi, ‘Ana; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):146-152, May/June 2017.

Tongan women who had recently given birth were intereviewed about their experiences in this study. The overarching theme was honoring motherhood, with other subthemes related to an unmedicated vaginal birth, spiritual dimensions of birth, cultural practices, and the concept of respect. These data will be useful for nurses caring for women from Tonga who are giving birth in the United States.

Challenges to Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration for Teen Mothers

Cota-Robles, Sonia; Pedersen, Laura; LeCroy, Craig Winston

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):173-178, May/June 2017.

Breastfeeding practices of teen participants in a community outreach program that promoted breastfeeding through prenatal and postpartum support were studied. Nearly all teens reported initiating breastfeeding but few breastfed to six months. Teens stopped breastfeeding for the same reasons reported by adult mothers. Findings highlight areas in which teen mothers' knowledge and skills can be supported to promote breastfeeding duration, including pain management and better recognition of infant cues.

A Nurse-Directed Model for Nitrous Oxide Use During Labor

Pinyan, Toni; Curlee, Kelly; Keever, Mellanie; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(3):160-165, May/June 2017.

Nitrous oxide is becoming more widely available to women laboring and giving birth in the United States. A nurse-directed model for offering nitrous oxide during labor in a small volume perinatal service in a rural community hospital is presented.