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Lay Press Material on Preterm Birth: No Real Progress in Education on Potentially Problematic Outcomes

Melberg, Dawn M. MLIS

Section Editor(s): Catlin, Anita

doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000058
Ethical Issues in Newborn Care

Premature birth has many implications for the newborn, parents, other family members, and the healthcare system. Ten years ago, a literature search was executed through US newspapers, magazines, and news wires over a 6-month period to determine the scope of lay media coverage concerning premature birth outcomes. The results indicated that lay media resources provided limited information on the topic. In May 2013, the original search was replicated in an effort to determine whether the current scope of coverage had expanded since the original search was conducted. This article discusses the results of the May 2013 literature search of lay media resources for information on premature birth and its potential outcomes.

Library Services–Kaiser Permanente, North Bay, San Francisco and San Jose, California.

Correspondence: Dawn M. Melberg, MLIS, 401 Bicentennial Wy, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 (

© 2014 by The National Association of Neonatal Nurses