January/February 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 1 - Contributor Index

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The Tragedy of Stillbirths Globally

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):54, January/February 2018.

In 2015, there were 2.6 million stillbirths globally, with 1.3 million occurring during labor and birth. Twenty countries have the highest rates of stillbirths, accounting for 76% of those deaths. Ninety-eight percent of stillbirths occur in low and middle income countries. Current efforts to prevent stillbirths are discussed by Dr. Callister, our expert on global health and nursing

Interdisciplinary Guidelines for Care of Women Presenting to the Emergency Department With Pregnancy Loss

Catlin, Anita

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):13-18, January/February 2018.

An interdisciplinary summit was held to explore the needs of women who present to the emergency department with actual or potential pregnancy loss. Thirty-two experts in the field of pregnancy loss, 17 of whom represented their professional organizations, participated. The guidelines that were developed delineate how to better provide physical, emotional, and bereavement support to woman and their families at any stage of pregnancy loss. Reprinted with permission from The National Perinatal Association.

Newborn Safety Bundle to Prevent Falls and Promote Safe Sleep

Lipke, Bethann; Gilbert, Gael; Shimer, Heather; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):32-37, January/February 2018.

It is not uncommon for mothers to fall asleep while holding their baby during postpartum hospitalization. In this context, newborn babies are at risk for falls and suffocation. The clinical team at one hospital developed a newborn infant safety bundle to promote safe sleep and minimize risk of infant falls and drops. Results are promising in preventing unsafe sleep conditions and newborn falls.

Maternity Nurses' Perceptions of Implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Cunningham, Emilie M.; Doyle, Eva I.; Bowden, Rodney G.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):38-43, January/February 2018.

Nurses are vital to successful implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This study evaluated maternity nurses' perceptions of promoting the Ten Steps in the hospital setting and their suggestions for how to overcome barriers and challenges.