March/April 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 2 - Contributor Index

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Implications of Preterm Birth for Maternal Mental Health and Infant Development

Anderson, Cheryl; Cacola, Priscila

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):108-114, March/April 2017.

Preterm birth can be a traumatic event as it is many times unexpected and often leads to admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Mothers of infants in the NICU experience stress that can progress to depressive symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder. These mental health issues can have a negative impact on maternal-infant attachment and infant development.

Building on Strengths: Maya Midwifery International

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):118, March/April 2017.

Maya Midwifery International provides care to mothers and babies in areas with low resources in Guatemala. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses how this initiative is an example of working within the limits of available resources, addressing social determinants of health, and collaborating to enhance ability for indigenous providers to play a vital role in healthcare delivery that is safe, culturally appropriate, and cost effective.

Mothers' Weaning Practices when Infants Breastfeed for More Than One Year

Cunniff, Addie; Spatz, Diane

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):88-94, March/April 2017.

Not much is known about weaning from breastfeeding after the baby is a year old or more. The literature has not been updated for over a decade. A summary of current issues and four exemplar cases of weaning after extended breastfeeding are presented.