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Articles by Diane Lynn Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

Birth and Breastfeeding in the Hospital Setting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Spatz, Diane Lynn; Froh, Elizabeth B.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(1):30-35, January/February 2021.

In this study, women describe their experiences with being pregnant, getting prenatal care, childbirth education, giving birth, breastfeeding, and newborn visits during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supportive nursing care and consistent messaging from caregivers were very important to help them handle the stress and uncertainty of the childbirth process in the midst of the pandemic.

Women's Experiences with Tandem Breastfeeding

O'rourke, Molly Patricia; Spatz, Diane Lynn

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(4):220-227, July/August 2019.

Some mothers are reluctant to wean their child due to a subsequent pregnancy and may breastfeed throughout their second pregnancy, give birth to their second child, and simultaneously breastfeed two children. These mothers are engaged in tandem breastfeeding. In this study, the biological and emotional considerations of tandem breastfeeding are reviewed and women who have experience with tandem breastfeeding offer practical suggestions for nurses.