March/April 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 2
pp: 77-136

Guest Editorial


Second Opinion


Are Breast Milk Banks a Real Solution Yet?

Beal, Judy A.; Byrd, Ellen; Cullinane, Judith

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):78-79, March/April 2012.

The use of breast milk banks has recently regained popularity. Should they be used? What do you think?

Nutrition for The Family


Starting College: A Critical Time for Weight Gain

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):130, March/April 2012.

The transition to college life can result in changes in weight status, and nurses play a key role in offering health promotion strategies to these students.

Health Information Technology


Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only


Global Health and Nursing


The Mobile Obstetric Maternal (MOM) Health Workers Project: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Eastern Burma

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):135, March/April 2012.

The MOM Project is an innovative three-tiered program that provides quality care to women and their families in Eastern Burma.

Perinatal Patient Safety


New Guidance on the Timing of Medically Indicated Births Before 39 Weeks Gestation

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):136, March/April 2012.

Nurses should review the new guidelines on the timing of medically indicated births before 39 weeks and work with members of the perinatal team to incorporate the suggestions into unit policies.


In-Hospital Survival Skills Training for Type 1 Diabetes: Perceptions OF Children AND Parents

Schmidt, Cynthia A.; Bernaix, Laura W.; Chiappetta, Maria; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):88-94, March/April 2012.

How do children with type 1 diabetes and their families perceive their initial education and support from nurses?

Transition to Home After Neonatal Surgery for Congenital Heart Disease

Hartman, Diane M.; Medoff-Cooper, Barbara

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):95-100, March/April 2012.

Caregivers of infants who had neonatal heart surgery worry about feeding problems and weight gain.

Maternal Obesity: Improving Pregnancy Outcomes

Nodine, Priscilla M.; Hastings-Tolsma, Marie

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):110-115, March/April 2012.

Maternal obesity rates are increasing, and these women are at high risk for adverse birth outcomes.

Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Infertility

McFarland, Cameron

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):116-121, March/April 2012.

What is the effectiveness of different treatments for women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome?

Does a Satisfactory Relationship With Her Mother Influence When a 16-Year-Old Begins to Have Sex?

Kovar, Cheryl L.; Salsberry, Pamela J.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):122-129, March/April 2012.

Girls who reported being satisfied with the amount of time spent with their mother were less likely to report early sexual initiation.

CE Connection


Implementing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program

Smith, Terry; Kipnis, Gayle

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):80-85, March/April 2012.

Postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are underreported and undertreated: Learn about a nurse-led interdisciplinary program that screens for these disorders.

Activity Level During a One-Hour Labor Check Evaluation: Walking Versus Bed Rest

Selby, Chris; Valencia, Sherry; Garcia, Lindsay; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 37(2):101-107, March/April 2012.

Changes in cervical dilatation and time to delivery were the same whether bed rest or walking was used during a one-hour, in-hospital labor check evaluation.