July/August 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 4 - Contributor Index

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Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Maternal Mental Health

Selix, Nancy; Henshaw, Erin; Barrera, Alinne; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):226-231, July/August 2017.

Creating an interdisciplinary approach for maternal mental health that includes professionals involved in policy, research, community advocacy, and clinical practice can improve access to care, streamline services, and improve maternal health outcomes. This article offers examples of interdisciplinary approaches that blend technology, education, research, policy, primary care, and mental health services and discusses their benefits and challenges for maternal mental health services.

Minimizing Unnecessary Interventions During Labor and Birth

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):240, July/August 2017.

A call to minimize unnecessary interventions during labor and birth for healthy low risk women in spontaneous labor by our colleagues at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is most welcome and has been endorsed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses.

Say No to Success—Say Yes to Goal Setting

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(4):234, July/August 2017.

The choice of words in promoting breastfeeding is very important. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, urges us to consider eliminating “success” from discussions with new mothers who are breastfeeding, and to focus instead on providing realistic information about the potential challenges and the investment in time and effort that is required, and helping them set short-term, mid-term and long term breastfeeding goals.