January/February 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 1
pp: 7-64,E1-E5

Guest Editorial

Social Determinants of Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):7, January/February 2017.

Social determinants of health such as racial discrimination, poor quality neighborhoods, and acculturation may increase risk of negative mental health and birth outcomes for minority women in the United States. Nurses can take leadership roles in creating policies that promote economic development, reduce poverty, reduce residential segregation, promote healthier neighborhoods, and support immigrant women.

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Protecting Newborns from Pertussis

Wisner, Kirsten

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):56, January/February 2017.

Pertussis in newborns is associated with severe morbidity and mortality. Perinatal nurses can play an important role by encouraging pregnant women to get the vaccine at designated intervals recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Time-Out for Young Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):57, January/February 2017.

Time-out is an evidence-based form of discipline that can be used by parents of young children. Pediatric nurses can assist parents to appreciate how to use time-out while supporting their decisions to implement or not.

Nutrition for the Family

Broadening our Understanding of Family Meals

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):58, January/February 2017.

Although nurses are educated to perform a nutritional assessment, they may not gather additional information about the nature of family meals. These data may highlight underlying unhealthy nutritional behaviors that could be addressed by asking a few questions that are broader in scope.

Global Health and Nursing

How Are Women Giving Birth in Healthcare Facilities Treated?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):59, January/February 2017.

Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has increased emphasis in the global community on the social determinants of health. One growing concern worldwide is disrespectful and abusive care given to women while giving birth in healthcare facilities in some areas of the world.

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Perinatal Patient Safety

Maternal Mortality in the United States: We Must Do Better

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):64, January/February 2017.

In the United States, maternal death is more common than in many other developed countries and while there have been decreases in maternal mortality in other countries, there have been increases here. The continued rise in maternal deaths is a health crisis and a national tragedy that can be addressed in part with everyone working together to adopt evidence based childbirth practices and by reviewing near miss cases as a team.


Distinguish Yourself: Get an ORCID

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):E1-E2, January/February 2017.

Every author needs a unique identifier that works to avoid confusion with others with the same, similarly spelled, or like-sounding names and is maintained over the course of their writing and research career. MCN supports the use of ORCID.

Racial Discrimination and Psychological Wellbeing of Pregnant Women

Giurgescu, Carmen; Zenk, Shannon N.; Engeland, Christopher G.; More

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):8-13, January/February 2017.

African American women are more likely to be exposed to racial discrimination and to experience psychological distress compared with white women. This study evaluated social support for its potential buffering effect on racial discrimination as related to psychological wellbeing in pregnant African American women.

The Built Environment and Birth Outcomes: A Systematic Review

Nowak, Alexandra L.; Giurgescu, Carmen

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):14-20, January/February 2017.

A poor-quality built environment may be related to negative birth outcomes such as preterm birth and low birthweight infants by increasing psychological stress and/or depressive symptoms for pregnant women. African American women are more likely to live in poor-quality built environments compared with white women and therefore may be at greater risk.

Acculturation and Postpartum Depressive Symptoms among Hispanic Women in the United States: Systematic Review

Alhasanat, Dalia; Giurgescu, Carmen

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):21-28, January/February 2017.

Higher levels of acculturation may be related to higher risk of postpartum depressive symptoms in Hispanic women living in the United States. Nurses should have an understanding of the stressors of immigrant women to guide their assessment and screening for postpartum depressive symptoms and make appropriate referrals.

Effectiveness of a Natural Family Planning Service Program

Fehring, Richard J.; Schneider, Mary

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):43-49, January/February 2017.

This study investigated extended use effectiveness of an online natural family planning program with non-breastfeeding women. This type of program can be effective in helping women in the United States and other countries meet their family planning goals.

Supporting Rural Women During Pregnancy: Baby BEEP Nurses

Evans, Emily C.; Bullock, Linda F.C.

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):50-55, January/February 2017.

This study shows how nurses using tele-nursing can provide meaningful nursing care and develop trusting relationships with low-income pregnant women living in rural settings.

CE Connection

Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Sundin, Courtney Stanley; Mazac, Lauren Bradham

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):29-35, January/February 2017.

Amniotic fluid embolism is an unpredictable and potentially lethal complication of pregnancy. Maternal and fetal mortality remain high, although improvements in critical care over the years have contributed to better survival rates. An overview of what is known about amniotic fluid embolism is presented along with an exemplar case.

Becoming a Baby Friendly Hospital

Tran, Andrea

MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing. 42(1):36-42, January/February 2017.

The journey to Baby Friendly designation can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding in supporting a hospital culture that promotes successful breastfeeding. One hospital's path to Baby Friendly is detailed. Others considering this designation may find details of their experience valuable.