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Nurse Staffing and Care During the Immediate Postpartum Recovery Period

Simpson, Kathleen Rice PhD, RNC, CNS-BC, FAAN

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 6 - p 403
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000182
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

The first hours after birth are a time of joy and excitement, but also are associated with risk. What can you do to make sure the mother and baby are safe as they transition physiologically during the immediate postpartum recovery period? What standards and guidelines promote maternal and newborn safety during this time?

Kathleen Rice Simpson is a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist in St. Louis, MO, and the Editor-in-Chief of MCN. Dr. Simpson can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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