The Built Environment and Birth Outcomes: A Systematic Review

A poor-quality built environment may be related to negative birth outcomes such as preterm birth and low birthweight infants by increasing psychological stress and/or depressive symptoms for pregnant women. African American women are more likely to live in poor-quality built environments compared with white women and therefore may be at greater risk.

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Acculturation and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms among Hispanic Women in the United States: Systematic Review

Higher levels of acculturation may be related to higher risk of postpartum depressive symptoms in Hispanic women living in the United States. Nurses should have an understanding of the stressors of immigrant women to guide their assessment and screening for postpartum depressive symptoms and make appropriate referrals.

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Effectiveness of a Natural Family Planning Service Program

This study investigated extended use effectiveness of an online natural family planning program with non-breastfeeding women. This type of program can be effective in helping women in the United States and other countries meet their family planning goals.

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Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Amniotic fluid embolism is an unpredictable and potentially lethal complication of pregnancy. Maternal and fetal mortality remain high, although improvements in critical care over the years have contributed to better survival rates. An overview of what is known about amniotic fluid embolism is presented along with an exemplar case.

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Becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital

The journey to Baby Friendly designation can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding in supporting a hospital culture that promotes successful breastfeeding. One hospital's path to Baby Friendly is detailed. Others considering this designation may find details of their experience valuable.

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