May/June 2012 - Volume 37 - Issue 3
pp: 143-208

Guest Editorial


Changing Landscape of Prenatal Testing: Ethical and Social Implications for Families

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):143, May/June 2012.

Maternal-child nurses need to become well informed about a new type of prenatal testing, noninvasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD).

Second Opinion


Should Ovum (Human Egg) Donation Be Allowed?

Capitulo, Kathleen Leask; Huang, Zhaoxia; Stekas, Anastasia

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):144-145, May/June 2012.

Donor eggs have added to the battery of available infertility treatments, but what about the egg donor?

Nutrition for The Family


Health Information Technology


Clinical Alarm Management

McCartney, Patricia Robin

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):202, May/June 2012.

Clinical alarm management is a top health information technology concern for 2012, and few health care providers encounter more alarms than nurses.

Global Health and Nursing


Mothers Without Borders

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):203, May/June 2012.

In addition to their primary activities, MWB volunteers teach mothers and grandmothers skills that help to provide income for their families.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety


Electronic Fetal Monitoring Alerts

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):208, May/June 2012.

Audible and visual electronic fetal monitoring alerts are designed to notify clinicians of potentially concerning fetal heart rate changes.


Triple Whammy: Women's Perceptions of Midlife Mothering

Morgan, Patricia Ann; Merrell, Joy A.; Rentschler, Dorothy; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):156-162, May/June 2012.

This qualitative study provides an in-depth interpretation of women's experiences as older first-time mothers.

Review of Perinatal Partner-Focused Smoking Cessation Interventions

Duckworth, Adrienne L.; Chertok, Ilana R. Azulay

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):174-181, May/June 2012.

The authors review partner-focused smoking cessation interventions to help reduce prenatal smoking exposure and support pregnant women's positive health behaviors.

Nurse-Led Education Mitigates Maternal Stress and Enhances Knowledge in the NICU

Morey, Jo Ann; Gregory, Katherine

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):182-191, May/June 2012.

A nurse-led educational intervention tailored to the needs of high-risk mothers decreases stress during the antenatal period and NICU hospitalization.

Promoting Individualized Breastfeeding Experiences

Rossman, Carol L.; Ayoola, Adejoke B.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):193-199, May/June 2012.

Case studies describe the breastfeeding experiences of two women, and the authors discuss how nurses can provide individualized breastfeeding education and experiences for new mothers.

CE Connection


Achieving Baby-Friendly Designation: Step-by-Step

Goodman, Karen; DiFrisco, Eileen

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):146-152, May/June 2012.

To achieve Baby-Friendly designation, hospitals and birthing centers must successfully implement the Baby-Friendly Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Learn how these authors did it.

A Preconception Care Program for Women in a College Setting

Wade, Gail Holland; Herrman, Judy; McBeth-Snyder, Lisa

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):164-170, May/June 2012.

Nursing students teach their peers about preconception health in preparation for future pregnancies.