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Energy drinks are often used by new mothers who are fatigued by the demands of breastfeeding but little is known about the effects of the contents on infants and the interaction of the contents with the prenatal vitamins many times used by breastfeeding mothers. An overview of the clinical implications of energy drink use by new mothers is provided.
Prenatal care has traditionally focused on risk reduction rather than health promotion. During prenatal care, childbearing women desire more information on physical and mental health in addition to how to have a healthy pregnancy. Mental health promotion is specially critical for pregnant minority women because they are known to have increased stress, anxiety, and depression, each of which is related to poor pregnancy outcomes.
Very little information is known about how child care centers promote breastfeeding. This study provides information about support of breastfeeding by child care centers in the Philadelphia, PA area and has implications for all child care centers in the United States.
Home visiting may be an effective method of promoting health during pregnancy and postpartum. This randomized trial demonstrates positive outcomes for pregnant teens participating in a home visiting program.
Postpartum depression is a serious condition that disproportionately affects women of low socioeconomic status and women with a history of prior depression or anxiety. This study evaluated efficacy of an education intervention for women during postpartum hospitalization in minimizing risk of depression at 6 weeks, 3 months or 6 months postpartum.
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Women with gestational diabetes are at risk for breastfeeding challenges. Initiation of breastfeeding as soon as possible immediately after birth was found to be helpful in promoting successful breastfeeding among this population.
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Kathleen R. Simpson, PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN
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2015 Call for Manuscripts
Smart phone apps: Acceptability and efficacy to promote maternal child health
Co-editors: M. Cynthia Logsdon and Deborah Davis
Papers due: July 1, 2016
Smartphone applications (apps) are being used to deliver behavioral interventions for health. Despite the growing availability of health-related apps on the market, research on the development and evaluation of such apps is sparse. Authors are invited to submit data based and review papers on the experiences of users with apps, maternal and child health outcomes related to the use of apps, valued features and technologies of apps that enhance effectiveness, use of evidence in the development of apps, and challenges that need further consideration to ensure security of data collected by apps. Interdisciplinary and international perspectives are welcomed related to the development and marketing of health behavior change apps to promote maternal child health.
See MCN, The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing instructions for authors for information on style and formatting of manuscripts.
Questions: Contact Cynthia Logsdon email@example.com
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2015 MCN Research Paper of the Year
Parenting Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers
Published in MCN, March/April 2015 - Volume 40, Issue 2
Authors: Webb, Jenny MSN, RN; Morris, Melanie Hall MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC, CCE; Thomas, Sandra P. PhD, RN, FAAN; Combs-Orme, Terri PhD
2015 MCN Practice Paper of the Year
Concussion Evaluation and Mangement in Pediatrics
Published in MCN,
March/April 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 2
Authors: Rivera, Robin G. MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Roberson, Susan P. MSN, RN, ANP-BC; Whelan, Margaret EdD, RN, FNP-BC; Rohan, Annie PhD, RN, NNP/PNP-BC
NEW FREE Content on MCN!
MCN is now offering some exciting and important articles as "Published Ahead of Print" (PAP). Every 2 months MCN's website will contain additional PAP articles, free to you as the reader, which are on the website months before they will appear in printed form.
Future issues of MCN will contain full length articles on the following topics and others:
- Posttraumatic Stress after Birth
- Promoting Teen Mothers’ Mental Health
- Perinatal Practices and Traditions
- Breastfeeding Barriers and Support
- Postpartum Sleep, Depression, and Fatigue
- Expressing Milk for Preterm Babies
- Postpartum Care for Women with Diabetes
- Peanut Ball Use during Labor: RCT
- Prenatal Care for Minority Women
- Child Care Centers and Promotion of Breastfeeding
- Home Visits for Pregnant Teens: RCT
- Discharge Education and Postpartum Depression
- Gestational Diabetes and Breastfeeding
- Energy Drink Use by Breastfeeding Mothers
- Special Issue on Newborn Feeding Challenges
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MCN is always interested in hearing from qualified peer reviewers who want to read and critique submitted manuscripts for our journal. If you are a loyal reader of MCN and other nursing literature, and you are currently practicing in one of the maternal child nursing specialties (perinatal, neonatal, midwifery, pediatrics), I’d like to suggest that some of you could actually contribute to the journal. Read more...