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

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The Neonatal Microbiome: Implications for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurses

Rodriguez, Jeannie; Jordan, Sheila; Mutic, Abby; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(6):332-337, November/December 2017.

Nursing care of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is complex, due in large part to various physiological challenges, including the neonatal microbiome, the community of microorganisms, both helpful and harmful, that inhabit the human body. Nurses in the NICU play a key role in managing care that can positively influence the microbiome to promote more optimal health outcomes in this vulnerable population of newborn babies.

The Postpartum Maternal and Newborn Microbiomes

Mutic, Abby D.; Jordan, Sheila; Edwards, Sara M.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(6):326-331, November/December 2017.

Biological and environmental changes to maternal and newborn microbiomes in the postnatal period can affect health outcomes for mothers and babies. Maternal-baby nurses have a valuable role in helping mothers and newborns promote healthy microbiomes. Factors that influence the rapidly changing postnatal microbiome of the mother and her newborn baby, and the role nurses have to positively influence immediate and long-term health outcomes are presented.