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Articles by Molly M. Killion, MS, RN, CNS

We Must Prioritize Making Childbirth Safe and Equitable

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 47(2):107, March/April 2022.

Maternal mortality rates in the United States compare very unfavorably to peer countries. The United States has seen maternal mortality rates continue to rise, while other peer countries and developing countries have reported decreases. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reports on recent evidence about maternal mortality in the United States and how nurses can promote improved maternity care for all those who give birth.

Obesity in Pregnancy and Childbirth

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(6):360, November/December 2021.

Rates of pre-pregnancy obesity in the United States have increased significantly over the last several years. Obesity increases risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reviews the most recent data on obesity and recommendations for clinical care.

A New Standard for Care during Postpartum

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(4):236, July/August 2021.

Several important studies have recently been published about care during postpartum. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, covers the new evidence and explains the implications for clinical practice.

Improving Maternity Care by Eliminating Racism and Inequities

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 46(2):123, March/April 2021.

Maternity care in the United States is not equitable for all women. Black and Indigenous People of Color have poorer maternal and neonatal outcomes when compared to white women. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, discussed several recent publications on maternity care inequities and racism and how the health care system can be improved so that all women and babies have the same opportunities for good health.

Empowering Women to Recognize Maternal Warning Signs

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 45(6):372, November/December 2020.

In May 2020, the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care released an Urgent Maternal Warning Signs program to help pregnant women and women during postpartum recognize active or impending adverse effects requiring medical attention. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, presents an overview.

Maternal Mortality in the United States

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 45(4):240, July/August 2020.

New data on maternity mortality in the United States was published in January 2020, the first time since 2007, due to a change in how maternal deaths were reported, and to allow states to begin using the new system. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, presents an overview of the results.

Improving Access to Hormonal Contraception Methods

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 45(2):124, March/April 2020.

Over-the-counter access to hormonal contraceptive methods is safe and can help women prevent unintended pregnancy. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, presents an overview of the recent committee opinion on this topic from our colleagues at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Enhanced Recovery After Cesarean Birth

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(6):358, November/December 2019.

Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains the nurses' role in applying the new guidelines on Enhanced Recovery After Surgery to clinical practice in caring for women having cesarean birth.

Caring for Women with Obesity

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(4):234, July/August 2019.

Obesity is a medical condition that requires comprehensive, compassionate, nonjudgmental care to promote the best outcomes. Many clinicians have implicit biases against women who are obese. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reviews the most recent committee opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on this topic.

Twins: The Importance of Chorionicity in Planning Care and Timing of Birth

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 44(2):115, March/April 2019.

Chorionicity is an important aspect of planning care and timing of birth for women pregnant with twins. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains various types of chorionicity and their implications.

Immunizations During Pregnancy

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(6):348, November/December 2018.

Although immunization against vaccine preventable disease is recommended by public health agencies as a vital aspect of primary care and preventative health maintenance, vaccination rates in the United States are lower than the goal. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, discusses the latest recommendations for immunizations during pregnancy.

Managing Gestational Diabetes Postpartum

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(4):231, July/August 2018.

Women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk for the disease in future pregnancies and for type 2 diabetes later in life. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, discusses important information that should be offered to women with gestational diabetes during the postpartum period so they can plan lifestyle modifications to promote optimal health.

Placentophagy: What Should Nurses Recommend?

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 43(2):111, March/April 2018.

There is a small but growing trend of women asking for their placenta after giving birth so they can have it prepared for ingestion during the postpartum period. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains what you need to know about placentophagy so you can offer evidence-based guidance to women who may have this request.

Opioid Use in Pregnancy

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(6):360, November/December 2017.

In the last 10 years, opioid use has quadrupled in the United States, including increased use in pregnancy, leading to a fivefold increase neonatal abstinence syndrome. Findings of a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development workshop of experts to evaluate opioid use in pregnancy and related neonatal and childhood effects were published in July 2017. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, reviews the workshop recommendations.

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping at Birth: Beneficial for All Babies

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(4):232, July/August 2017.

Delayed clamping of the umbilical cord for at least 30 to 60 seconds at birth of vigorous term and preterm babies is now recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Our maternity nursing expert, Molly Killion, explains the rationale for this practice change.

Skin-to-Skin Care and Rooming-In: Safety Considerations

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):115, March/April 2017.

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics about safety considerations during skin to skin in the first few hours of life and rooming in practices for new mothers and babies during the postpartum inpatient stay are discussed.

Planning, Designing, Building, and Moving a Large Volume Maternity Service to a New Labor and Birth Unit: Commentary and Experiences of Experts

VonBehren, Diane; Killion, Molly M.; Burke, Carol; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(6):332-339, November/December 2016.

Expert nurse leaders who participated in recent planning, design, building, and moving into a new women's hospital share their experiences with the process and offer advice to those who may be considering a move.

The Maternal Fetal Triage Index: A Standardized Approach to OB Triage

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(6):372, November/December 2016.

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses has developed and validated the Maternal Fetal Triage Index. This standardized approach to assessing and assigning acuity of pregnant women who present to the hospital for care may be an effective and safe way to allocate care and resources. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also is recommending use of this type of tool.

Zika Virus Update

Killion, Molly M.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(4):252, July/August 2016.

The Zika virus has serious implications for pregnant women and their fetuses. Nurses must keep up-to-date on recommendations for prevention and care. As evidence about Zika virus continues to evolve, refer to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)'s website on this topic for the latest recommendations and information: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/.