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

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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.

Vaginal Seeding of Babies Born via Cesarean

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):60, January/February 2018.

With growing interest in the microbiome and its implications for health, more research is evolving on how interventions during labor and birth influence newborn and infant microbiota. Some parents are requesting vaginal seeding of their babies born via cesarean. Possible benefits are theoretical and research to date is quite limited, however, there are significant potential risks of unintended harm if infection is transferred to the baby with this procedure. A brief summary of vaginal seeding is offered with recommendations for practice.

Vegetarian Diet During Pregnancy: Making Sure Vitamin B12 Intake is Adequate

Snow, Denise

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(1):53, January/February 2018.

A well-planned vegetarian diet, including vegan, can be nutritionally sound with positive outcomes. However, failure to identify inadequacies of vitamin B12 can have serious results. Our expert on nutrition, Denise Snow, provides details on current recommendations to make sure women on a vegetarian diet get an adequate amount of vitamin B12