July/August 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 4
pp: 209-272,E15-E18

Guest Editorial


Second Opinion Column


Should Water Birth Be Offered as an Option for Childbearing Women?

Beal, Judy; Shaw-Battista, Jenna; Huwe, Valerie Yates

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):210-211, July/August 2015.

Is birth underwater safe? These experts present their views on this controversial childbirth method being offered by some providers and hospitals.

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing


Cardiac Arrest in Pregnancy

Killion, Molly

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):262, July/August 2015.

Cardiac arrest during pregnancy is an event every obstetric and neonatal team hopes to avoid, however it remains a risk as our maternal population continues to have complicating comorbidities in pregnancy. Preplanning and multidisciplinary simulation may help to improve outcomes and team response.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing


Measles: To Vaccinate or Not?

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):263, July/August 2015.

A recent measles outbreak has highlighted the importance of vaccination for all eligible children. Our pediatric nursing expert suggests resources so you can be up-to-date on the latest information to share with parents.

Nutrition for the Family


The Social Nature of Eating

Morin, Karen H.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):264, July/August 2015.

Have you ever noticed that you tend to eat more when in the company of others? Have you ever wondered why this happens? Our nutrition expert Dr. Morin explains eating and social behavior.

Health Information Technology


Exploring Massive Open Online Courses for Nurses

McCartney, Patricia Robin

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):265, July/August 2015.

Nurses can use massive open online courses as part of a personal professional development plan. There are many nursing and healthcare topics available in these online educational offerings.

Global Health and Nursing


Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only


Perinatal Patient Safety


Newborn Safety in the Hospital

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):272, July/August 2015.

More focus is needed on the safety of newborns while in the care of their parents on the mother-baby unit to prevent babies from being accidently injured. Promotion of breastfeeding and maternal-newborn attachment should be in the context of newborn safety.


Increasing Physical Activity in Children: From Evidence to Action

Jakubowski, Tami L.; Faigenbaum, Avery D.; Lindberg, Claire

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):213-219, July/August 2015.

Physical inactivity is now the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, yet a growing number of children and adolescents do not meet current physical activity guidelines. Review the latest evidence and guidelines to promote appropriate physical activity in children.

Lymphatic Filariasis in Children in Haiti

Byrne, Sharon K.; Collins, Shonta D.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):227-233, July/August 2015.

Lymphatic Filariasis is a tropical disease common in Haiti. A pediatric case report is presented and includes a review of the disease, treatment plan, and follow-up care.

Discovering Self: Childbearing Adolescents' Maternal Identity

Macintosh, Janelle; Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):243-248, July/August 2015.

This study explores how childbearing adolescents perceive motherhood as becoming part of their personal identity.

Implementing Skin-to-Skin Care in the Operating Room After Cesarean Birth

Sundin, Courtney Stanley; Mazac, Lauren Bradham

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):249-255, July/August 2015.

Placing the baby skin to skin with the mother in the OR after cesarean birth may have positive implications for maternal satisfaction with the birth experience and maternal perceptions of pain during the surgical procedure. Infant safety should be supported by a nurse with the mother and baby during the skin to skin process.

Postpartum Depression Among Asian Indian Mothers

Goyal, Deepika; Park, Van Ta; McNiesh, Susan

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):256-261, July/August 2015.

Cultural patterns of Asian Indians influence perceptions and biases about mental health and clinical treatment. Asian Indian women may seek advice from their social support networks, familial ties, and religious/spiritual outlets before seeking professional help for postpartum depression.

CE Connection


Reproductive Health Concerns in Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Kartoz, Connie Rutan

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):220-226, July/August 2015.

SLE has many implications for the reproductive health of women of childbearing age. The pathophysiology of SLE, its effects on reproductive health, and nursing care during pregnancy are discussed.

Bladder Management With Epidural Anesthesia During Labor: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Wilson, Barbara L.; Passante, Tammy; Rauschenbach, Diane; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):234-242, July/August 2015.

Results of this randomized controlled trial should cause nurses to question routine use of indwelling catheters for women in labor who have epidural analgesia. As with many uncessary interventions, there may be unintended consequences.