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Sudden Unexpected Postnatal Collapse and Sudden Unexpected Infant Death

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

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: November/December 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 6 - p 368
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000376
ONGOING COLUMNS: Perinatal Patient Safety

Current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses for continuous bedside attendance by nurses for mothers and babies during the recovery period and regular monitoring of mother-baby couplets during postpartum hospitalization are supported by numerous large case series reports of sudden unexpected postnatal collapse in the hospital setting.

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 conflicts of interest.

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