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Articles by Lynn Clark Callister

Ebola Virus Disease in Women and Children

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(3):173, May/June 2019.

A recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease has caused concern among global health organizations. Our global health expert, Dr. Callister, explains the status of the current crisis and what is being done to treat victims and stop the spread of the disease. Implications for pregnant women and babies are included.

Overcoming Illiteracy in Women and Girls

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(2):118, March/April 2019.

Literacy is directly linked to health outcomes. Our global health and nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses various programs in the United States and around the world that are working to promote literacy.

The Tragedy of Trafficking of Women and Children

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(1):55, January/February 2019.

Most victims of human trafficking are women and girls. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses the most recent evidence and how nurses can play an important role in identifying victims and helping them escape to safety.

Excess Under-5 Girl Child Mortality Rates in India

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(6):351, November/December 2018.

There is concern about gender bias in deaths of young children, with evidence that excess girl child mortality continues to be prevalent in low- and middle-income countries, most commonly in China and India. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, gives an update on this complex and multilayered problem and what can be done to improve health of girls under 5 years old in developing countries.

The Millennium Villages Project: Outcomes Evaluation

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(5):294, September/October 2018.

The Millennium Villages Project was a visionary 10-year global project in 14 rural sites in 10 sub-Saharan African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda). Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, explains the recently published results including the significant positive findings for health outcomes based on the Millennium Development Goals.

Reducing Hunger Among Women and Children in India

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(4):234, July/August 2018.

There are approximately 195 million undernourished people living in India, which constitutes 25% of the global hunger burden. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, provides an update on the health and nutrition situation in India and current efforts for improvement.

Remember the Mothers: The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(3):174, May/June 2018.

The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, was generated to honor women in the United States who lost their lives during the childbirth process over the past thirty-five years. Our global health and nursing expert, Dr. Callister, explains the nature and importance of this project.

Midwives for Haiti

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(2):114, March/April 2018.

Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses an exemplary program in Haiti started by American nurse-midwives and physicians to educate birth attendants to assist women with safe care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

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

Giving Hope to Refugee Families: Carry the Future

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(6):363, November/December 2017.

Carry the Future is a grassroots movement to help refuges families which operates without major overhead or marketing costs so it is effective and efficient. Our global health expert, Dr. Lynn Callister, tells us how the organization helps mothers and babies and what you can do to get involved.

Caring for Childbearing Women in Crisis: Midwife Pilgrim

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(5):298, September/October 2017.

As perinatal nurses, there are many opportunities to serve others and make a difference. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses Midwife Pilgrim, one organization working to help women and child in disaster prone areas of the world.

Caring Hearts Coupled with Helping Hands: Making a Difference for Children with Medical Hair Loss

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(4):235, July/August 2017.

Medical hair loss can be devastating to children and adolescents. Dr. Callister highlights three nonprofit organizations that provide wigs for children with medical hair loss.

Honoring Motherhood: The Meaning of Childbirth for Tongan Women

Reed, Shelly J.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Kavaefiafi, ‘Ana; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):146-152, May/June 2017.

Tongan women who had recently given birth were intereviewed about their experiences in this study. The overarching theme was honoring motherhood, with other subthemes related to an unmedicated vaginal birth, spiritual dimensions of birth, cultural practices, and the concept of respect. These data will be useful for nurses caring for women from Tonga who are giving birth in the United States.

Sustainable Development and the Literacy of Women and Girls

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(3):182, May/June 2017.

Many women and girls in developing countries are illiterate. Literacy and health are closely related. As literacy improves, so does the health of women and girls, while maternal morbidity and mortality decreases. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses the relationship between literacy and maternal child health worldwide and what organizations are doing to help.

Building on Strengths: Maya Midwifery International

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):118, March/April 2017.

Maya Midwifery International provides care to mothers and babies in areas with low resources in Guatemala. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses how this initiative is an example of working within the limits of available resources, addressing social determinants of health, and collaborating to enhance ability for indigenous providers to play a vital role in healthcare delivery that is safe, culturally appropriate, and cost effective.

How Are Women Giving Birth in Healthcare Facilities Treated?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(1):59, January/February 2017.

Implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals has increased emphasis in the global community on the social determinants of health. One growing concern worldwide is disrespectful and abusive care given to women while giving birth in healthcare facilities in some areas of the world.

Strategies to Empower Women Across the Globe: 100 Under 100

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(6):375, November/December 2016.

Small amounts of monetary resources can make a big difference to promote the health and safety of women and children living in poverty across the world. Our expert in global health nursing, Dr. Callister, describes a new resource on ways to help this vulnerable population that do not require vast financial means.

Refugee Women and Children: What can I Do?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(5):309, September/October 2016.

Many of the refugees fleeing war and violence around the world are women and children. The United Nations has suggestions for offering help. Our global health expert, Dr. Callister, lists ways you can make a difference.

By Small and Simple Things: Clean Birth Kits

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(4):255, July/August 2016.

A clean birth kit with six essential items in zip-lock plastic sandwich bag can make a difference in maternal and neonatal mortality in developing countries.

Global Strategy for the Health of Women, Children, and Adolescents: 2016-2030

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(3):190, May/June 2016.

Global strategies associated with the new sustainable development goals provide clear direction for the future. All women and children world-wide deserve a healthy life where they have the ability to succeed and be all that they can be. The goals for maternal-child health are achievable with continued and collective effort of those with more resources.

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going in Global Health for Women and Children?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):127, March/April 2016.

There have been great improvements in the health of women and children around the world in the first 15 years of the new millennium, but much more work needs to be done to promote and support optimal health for all women, mothers, children, and babies worldwide.

Managing Birth Asphyxia: Helping Babies Breathe

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(1):62, January/February 2016.

Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) is a remarkable evidence-based intervention with documented significant outcomes. It is a neonatal resuscitation program embedded within essential services for mothers and newborns in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, Save the Children's Saving Newborn Lives program, the National Institute of Child Health and Development, and other global health stakeholders. Our global health expert, Dr. Callister, provides an overview of the program.

WASH: Highlighting Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Initiatives

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(6):398, November/December 2015.

Clean water is essential for optimal maternal child health outcomes in poor resource countries. Our expert on global health, Dr. Callister, describes the WASH initiative and what this means for health and wellness for families living in developing areas of the world.

Empowering Sudanese Women and Promoting Their Health and Well-Being: The Courage and Commitment of One Woman

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(5):331, September/October 2015.

Individual efforts of courageous women in under-resourced countries are making a difference to move forward in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Discovering Self: Childbearing Adolescents' Maternal Identity

Macintosh, Janelle; Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(4):243-248, July/August 2015.

This study explores how childbearing adolescents perceive motherhood as becoming part of their personal identity.

Kangaroo Mother Care for Preterm Infants Globally

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(3):198, May/June 2015.

Kangaroo Mother Care has been identified an important strategy to reduce neonatal mortality in low birth weight and preterm infants globally.

Early Childhood Development in Low-Income Countries

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(2):131, March/April 2015.

Significant inequities exist in cognitive and psychosocial developmental outcomes in children during their first five years of life in low income countries.

Meeting the Challenge of Cystic Fibrosis

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 40(1):62, January/February 2015.

Life expectancy in those with Cystic Fibrosis varies widely, from 35-40 years in the United States and the United Kingdom to below 15 years in low resource countries including El Salvador, India, and Bulgaria. Globally, efforts are being made in an attempt to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with CF and increase public awareness of this birth defect.

The Oral Cholera Vaccine: Meeting Millennium Development Goal Six

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(6):383, November/December 2014.

Cholera is a devastating illness that may be prevented in developing countries by administration of oral cholera vaccines.

Fostering Hope: Documenting Interventions Targeting Ethiopian Child Brides

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(5):335, September/October 2014.

Child brides are among the most marginalized and invisible women globally. Such marriages violate basic human rights, and many of these young brides are forgotten in global health policy efforts. A program in Ethiopia has been found to be successful at decreasing this practice.

Global Health Literacy

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(2):134, March/April 2014.

Everywhere we deliver care we need to confront the issue of health literacy. How much more difficult this is in countries with low literacy overall.

Silent Suffering: The Tragedy of Obstetric Fistula

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(3):187, May/June 2013.

Obstetric fistulas, with associated bowel and bladder incontinence, are often the result of obstructed labors of young girls living in developing countries. In many cases, they are untreated and victims are ostracized by their families and communities.

Uplifting Women and Girls

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 38(2):122, March/April 2013.

Uplifting women and girls through the provision of an essential and basic article of clothing is an example of how attention to the social determinants of health influences lives for the better.

Issues in Global Nursing Education

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(6):403, November/December 2012.

Expanding nursing education worldwide and ethically recruiting international nurses are both essential to ensure access to quality health care.

Giving Birth: The Voices of Women in Tamil Nadu, India

Corbett, Cheryl A.; Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(5):298-305, September/October 2012.

What is the meaning of childbirth and experiences during the childbearing year to women from Tamil Nadu, India?

Let There Be Light: WE CARE Solar

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(5):351, September/October 2012.

Sustainable interventions such as WE CARE Solar are making a difference in the health of vulnerable women and newborns

Childbearing Women and Intimate Partner Violence

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(4):275, July/August 2012.

Nurses should work toward the creation of a global social environment that promotes gender equity and reduces violence against childbearing women.

Mothers Without Borders

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(3):203, May/June 2012.

In addition to their primary activities, MWB volunteers teach mothers and grandmothers skills that help to provide income for their families.

The Mobile Obstetric Maternal (MOM) Health Workers Project: Improving Maternal and Newborn Health in Eastern Burma

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 37(2):135, March/April 2012.

The MOM Project is an innovative three-tiered program that provides quality care to women and their families in Eastern Burma.

Perceptions of Giving Birth and Adherence to Cultural Practices in Chinese Women

Callister, Lynn Clark; Eads, Megan Nicole; Yeung Diehl, Jenny Pui See

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 36(6):387-394, November-December 2011.

The strict rules regarding childbirth in the Chinese culture can be comforting, or restricting.

Global Quality Improvement: Where Are We?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 36(5):329, September-October 2011.

As the industrialized nations of the world work toward quality improvement, under-resourced nations continue to struggle with the most basic of needs.

An Overview of Ethics in Maternal-Child Nursing

Callister, Lynn Clark; Sudia-Robinson, Tanya

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 36(3):154-159, May-June 2011.

The broad principles underlying ethical perinatal and neonatal nursing practice are discussed.

Ethical Considerations for Genetic Testing, Infertility, and Balancing Maternal–Fetal Needs

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 36(3):162-168, May-June 2011.

Dr. Callister helps us to understand how to practice ethically in these specific situations.

Ethics of Infant Relinquishment, Cultural Considerations, and Obstetric Conveniences

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 36(3):171-177, May-June 2011.

Cultural considerations come into play when ethical practice is discussed, as is the role of obstetric conveniences such as labor induction and primary cesarean birth without medical indication.

Disaster Relief in Asia

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(6):359, November-December 2010.

The needs of women and children after disasters are described here, along with some of the Foundations which provide specific help.

Postpartum Depression and Culture: Pesado Corazon

Callister, Lynn Clark; Beckstrand, Renea L.; Corbett, Cheryl

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(5):254-261, September-October 2010.

Postpartum depression has rarely been studied in culturally diverse women. Dr. Callister and her colleagues have reviewed the literature on this topic for you.

The International Year of the Nurse

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(4):243, July-August 2010.

In this, the International Year of the Nurse, Dr. Callister takes a few minutes to remind us of the amazing achievements of our most important international nurse, Florence Nightingale.

Global Infertility: Are We Caring Yet?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(3):174, May-June 2010.

Rates of infertility worldwide are high, but many countries with low resources cannot offer help to the affected families.

Poor Women Always Pay Back

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(2):118, March-April 2010.

When poverty stricken women are given a chance for a new life for themselves and their children through monetary loans, the results are incredible.

Together We Stand: Bolivian Initiatives

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 35(1):63, January-February 2010.

Bolivia has some of the worst child and maternal mortality statistics in Latin America. Learn what is happening there to address these problems.

Reduction of Malaria: One Insecticide Treated Bednet at a Time

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 34(6):389, November-December 2009.

Read this column to learn of the amazing work being done to prevent malaria among women and children in Africa.

So You Want to Make a Difference in Global Health?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 34(4):263, July-August 2009.

Just how could you go about doing something with your nursing knowledge on the international stage? Dr. Callister gives you the steps to take.

Hispanic Labor Friends Initiative: Supporting Vulnerable Women

Hazard, Cambria Jones; Callister, Lynn Clark; Birkhead, Ana; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 34(2):115-121, March-April 2009.

As the percentage of immigrants continues to increase across the United States, nurses are challenged to provide appropriate care to women who come from different cultures than the nurses and who often speak different languages. Dr. Callister and her coauthors describe a program that aimed to help women and nurses in this situation.

How is Evidence-Based Decision Making Promoted for Childbearing Women in Australia?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 34(2):131, March-April 2009.

Imagine a government making the effort to teach pregnant women how to evaluate the best evidence for their healthcare!

Mamawasi: Culturally Sensitive Birthing for Peruvian Women

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 34(1):66, January-February 2009.

Intrapartum care needs to be culturally relevant in order to meet women's needs. Dr. Callister describes such an effort in Peru.

Full of Good Works: The Tabitha Foundation

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 33(6):391, November-December 2008.

As we continually read and hear about all the bad news around the world, Dr. Callister brings us an uplifting story about a group dedicated to doing good works for those who need it the most.

The Light of Knowledge: International Council of Nursing Mobile Libraries

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 33(5):322, September-October 2008.

Nurses all over the world need better resources for knowledge. Dr. Callister explains an ICN program that will make you proud.

Among the Most Vulnerable: Women and Children in Global Disasters

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 33(4):263, July-August 2008.

Disasters can make the lives of women and children even more difficult around the world. Conversely, some important new initiatives have been started because of world attention to the needs of mothers and infants.

Global Oral Health in Women and Children

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 33(1):60, January-February 2008.

While the problems in oral health are prevalent for many ethnic and social groups in the U.S., there is no comparison to the sorry state of oral health in many countries of the world.

Poverty and the Health of Women and Children

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 32(6):384, November-December 2007.

Dr. Callister enlightens us about the international efforts to help women living on one dollar or less per day, and how those efforts can improve health and well-being.

Dutch Women's Perceptions of Childbirth in the Netherlands

Johnson, Taralyn R.; Callister, Lynn Clark; Freeborn, Donna S.; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 32(3):170-177, May-June 2007.

Oh yes, things are done differently in the Netherlands regarding childbirth. We can learn a lot from what happens in other countries.

Improving Literacy in Women and Girls Globally

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 32(3):194, May-June 2007.

Literacy equals good health in many instances. The tragedy of illiteracy among girls globally is a major health problem.

How Much Does the World Value Children?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 32(2):124, March-April 2007.

The United Nations Millennium Development Goal Four is to reduce mortality in children under age 5. What do you know about this important topic?

Giving Birth: The Voices of Russian Women

Callister, Lynn Clark; Getmanenko, Natalia; Garvrish, Natalia; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 32(1):18-24, January-February 2007.

Our distinguished cultural expert, Dr. Callister, gives us data on how women in Russia perceive childbirth. You're going to want to know this information.

Making a Difference: Goals for Improving the Health of Women and Children Globally

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 31(4):271, July-August 2006.

It's difficult to believe, but maternal mortality and high rates of infant mortality worldwide are still major problems. All of us can contribute to the solutions.

Global Genetics: Worldwide Considerations

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 31(3):202, May-June 2006.

As the U.S. struggles to integrate the new field of genetics into healthcare, other countries begin to deal with issues such as informed consent for genetic testing.

It’s a Small, Small World

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 31(1):63, January-February 2006.

This is the first time this column is appearing in MCN. Dr. Callister, an expert in international and cultural issues, describes what this column will discuss.

Race/Ethnicity, Life-Course Socioeconomic Position, and Body Weight Trajectories Over 34 Years: The Alameda County Study

Hayman, Laura L.; Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 31(1):64, January-February 2006.

Experts suggest how six research articles can be used in nursing practice.

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