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

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Opioid Use in Pregnancy

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):360, November/December 2017.

In the last 10 years, opioid use has quadrupled in the United States, including increased use in pregnancy, leading to a fivefold increase neonatal abstinence syndrome. Findings of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development workshop of experts to evaluate opioid use in pregnancy and related neonatal and childhood effects were published in July 2017. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reviews the workshop recommendations.

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.