March/April 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 2
pp: 73-136,E5-E10

Guest Editorial


Second Opinion Column


Should Mother–Baby Rooming-In be the Standard of Care?

Beal, Judy A.; Dalton, Marcia Fonseca; Maloney, Joyce A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):74-75, March/April 2015.

How strict should policies be for keeping new mothers and babies together while in the hospital during postpartum?

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing


New Hypertension in Pregnancy Guidelines

Killion, Molly

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):128, March/April 2015.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently published new guidelines for caring for pregnant women with hypertension.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing


Health Information Technology


Big Data Science

McCartney, Patricia R.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):130, March/April 2015.

Big data science offers the promise of vast amounts of information to use for health related research, however there remain some limitations.

Global Health and Nursing


Early Childhood Development in Low-Income Countries

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):131, March/April 2015.

Significant inequities exist in cognitive and psychosocial developmental outcomes in children during their first five years of life in low income countries.

Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety Column


Maternal Oxygen Administration as an Intrauterine Resuscitation Measure During Labor

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):136, March/April 2015.

What is the role of maternal oxygen administration for intrauterine resuscitation during labor when the fetal heart rate pattern is indeterminate (category II) or abnormal (category III)?


Skin-To-Skin Care and Breastfeeding in the Perioperative Suite

Burke-Aaronson, Amanda Claire

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):105-109, March/April 2015.

Skin-to-skin care immediately after cesarean birth is possible with planning and teamwork.

Parental Decision Making in Male Circumcision

Sardi, Lauren; Livingston, Kathy

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):110-115, March/April 2015.

How do parents make the decision to have their newborn baby boy circumcised? What do they need to know and how can nurses make sure they have adequate information to make a truly informed decision?

Parenting Perceptions of Low-Income Mothers

Webb, Jenny; Morris, Melanie Hall; Thomas, Sandra P.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):116-121, March/April 2015.

This study explores the perceptions of low income African American pregnant women and new mothers on the challenges and experiences of parenting.

Doulas for Childbearing Women

Ahlemeyer, Jessica; Mahon, Suzanne

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):122-127, March/April 2015.

Doulas offer a number of services to childbearing women, however their preparation and roles vary greatly.

CE Connection


Concussion Evaluation and Management in Pediatrics

Rivera, Robin G.; Roberson, Susan P.; Whelan, Margaret; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):76-86, March/April 2015.

Concussion assessment and management are timely topics in pediatric nursing. Information about symptom checklists, sideline and balance assessment tools, and neurocognitive assessment instruments, is offered to promote use of evidence-based guidelines.

Identifying and Assessing the Substance-Exposed Infant

Clark, Lisa; Rohan, Annie

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):87-95, March/April 2015.

As the rate of opioid prescription grows, so does fetal exposure to opioids during pregnancy. The authors review the latest evidence about Neonatal Withdrawal Syndrome (NWS) and adaptation difficulties after birth.

Oral Feeding Readiness Assessment in Premature Infants

Gennattasio, Annmarie; Perri, Elizabeth A.; Baranek, Donna; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):96-104, March/April 2015.

Nurses who care for preterm babies should be able to assess and describe feeding performance in a way that allows other caregivers to understand an infant's strengths and challenges. A review of oral feeding readiness in the premature infant and strategies for promoting safe and efficient progression to full oral intake are presented.