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

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Labor Nurses' Views of Their Influence on Cesarean Birth

Simpson, Kathleen Rice; Lyndon, Audrey

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):81-87, March/April 2017.

Nurses play an important role in helping women in labor avoid avoid a cesarean birth. They offer emotional encouragement, various labor support techniques, and information on what to expect as strategies to promote vaginal birth. They focus on the positve aspects of labor progress when communicating with physicians. The dynamics of the nurse-physician relationship is at times challenging as labor nurses do not always perceive their physician colleage share the same goals and investment for mode of birth.

Avoiding Adverse Events after Postpartum Hospital Discharge

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):124, March/April 2017.

The hospital discharge process for new mothers and babies after childbirth is not always as comprehensive and individualized as it should be. Recommendations from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for avoiding adverse events after hospital discharge are discussed and applied to postpartum and newborn care.

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.

Is Routine Fortification of Human Milk for Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Indicated?

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):117, March/April 2017.

Although multi-nutrient fortification of human milk for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit is routine in the United States, a recent Cochrane Review suggests limited benefits. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, offers suggestions for evaluating current practice on human milk fortification.

Introducing Allergenic Food into Infants' Diets: Systematic Review

Larson, Katelin; McLaughlin, Jessica; Stonehouse, Mallory; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing . 42(2):72-80, March/April 2017.

Delaying introduction of potentially allergenic foods may have had unintended consequences of increasing prevalence of food allergies among children. A review of the evidence suggests early rather than delayed introduction may be the best option for low risk infants.