May/June 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 3
pp: 144-212

Endings and Beginnings


Guest Editorial


Special Issue in Perinatal and Pediatric Bereavement

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):145, May/June 2014.

These two nurse experts, Guest Editors for this issue, describe why a Special Issue is essential on this topic, and how care for families affected by perinatal and pediatric loss has changed.

Second Opinion


Should Parents and Families of Stillborn Babies be Encouraged to See, Hold, and Have Funerals for the Babies?

Capitulo, Kathleen Leask; Huang, Zhaoxia; Lu, Xiaosheng

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):146-147, May/June 2014.

Is it really best for newly bereaved parents to see and hold their deceased child?

Nutrition for the Family


Nutritional Considerations During Bereavement

Morin, Karen H.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):205, May/June 2014.

Bereavement is an all consuming emotion which effects every aspect of the bereaved life, including nutritional behavior. Dr. Morin has examined the literature on this, and gives us a short synopsis in this column.

Health Information Technology


Global Health and Nursing


Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety



Impact of a Pediatric Quality of Life Program on Providers' Moral Distress

Brandon, Debra; Ryan, Donna; Sloane, Richard; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):189-197, May/June 2014.

Nurses and other health care providers experience moral distress when they are asked to provide care that they don't agree with. These nurses gave their peers a special program on pediatric quality of life. Did they impact moral distress?

Combining Regional Expertise to Form a Bereavement Support Alliance

Friedrichs, Judy B.; Kobler, Kathie; Roose, Rosmarie E.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):198-204, May/June 2014.

It's rare when a small professional organization is able to sustain itself for decades, and even more rare when it grows and thrives.

CE Connection


Leaning In and Holding On: Team Support with Unexpected Death

Kobler, Kathie

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):148-154, May/June 2014.

Dealing with the death of a patient is always a challenge for the health care providers involved. These nurses show us how they helped each other to cope.

Contexts of Reproductive Loss in Lesbian Couples

Black, Beth Perry; Fields, Wendy Smith

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):157-162, May/June 2014.

Our country is finally making some progress toward greater acceptance of non-traditional families, but the very special needs of lesbian couples who experience a perinatal loss has rarely been tackled in the literature before this.

“Being Sure”: Women's Experience with Inevitable Miscarriage

Limbo, Rana; Glasser, Jo K.; Sundaram, Maria E.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):165-174, May/June 2014.

The loss of a pregnancy after 12 weeks is particularly difficult. One aspect of this loss oftentimes is the need for treatment to remove uterine contents. This requires that patients and families make choices they may not want to make.

Evidence-based Intervention with Women Pregnant after Perinatal Loss

Côté-Arsenault, Denise; Schwartz, Katharine; Krowchuk, Heidi; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(3):177-186, May/June 2014.

We can talk among ourselves about how we best help families who experience a perinatal loss, but what evidence is available about the best way to help?