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

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Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):368, November/December 2017.

Current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses for continuous bedside attendance by nurses for mothers and babies during the recovery period and regular monitoring of mother-baby couplets during postpartum hospitalization are supported by numerous large case series reports of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse in the hospital setting.

Affordability and Availability of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(6):362, November/December 2017.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a new position statement on Pasteurized Donor Human Milk (PDHM) earlier this year, emphasizing the importance of PDHM for hospitalized infants. The position statement highlights the need for PDHM for infants less than 1500 grams but acknowledges that there may be a role for PDHM to be used for other infants such as those with abdominal wall defects. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Diane Spatz, discusses this issue in detail.

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.