Labor Nurses' Views of Their Influence on Cesarean Birth

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.

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Simulation as Part of Discharge Teaching for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Parents watching the nurse caring for their baby, followed by return demonstrations are traditional methods of discharge teaching for parents of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Simulation is widely used for enhancing learning of healthcare professionals, but little is known about simulation for family caregivers such as parents of a baby being discharged from the NICU. A program involving simulation as part of NICU parents' discharge teaching is presented.

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Childbirth and New Mother Experiences of Arab Migrant Women

Arab Muslin women who have immigrated to the United Kingdom are generally pleased with the evolution of their family traditions. Without the support and advice of their extended family to guide routine decisions, they have realized freedom to conduct their lives as they wish and experienced closer relationships with their spouses. Immigration to the United Kingdom has a number of perceived positive aspects for Arab Muslim women.

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Implications of Preterm Birth for Maternal Mental Health and Infant Development

Preterm birth can be a traumatic event as it is many times unexpected and often leads to admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Mothers of infants in the NICU experience stress that can progress to depressive symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder. These mental health issues can have a negative impact on maternal-infant attachment and infant development.

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