Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses to Discuss Infant Feeding with New Mothers During Postpartum Hospitalization

Nurses offer education and support to new mothers on infant feeding during postpartum hospitalization. There is overwhelming evidence that breastfeeding is best for most mothers and babies, however not all mothers choose to breastfeed and breastfeeding is contraindicated in some cases. Effective communication techniques to discuss infant feeding options are offered, with an emphasis on providing a supportive, therapeutic discussion with new mothers who choose to formula feed their babies.

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Using Hourly Time-Outs and a Standardized Tool to Promote Team Communication, Medical Record Documentation, and Patient Satisfaction During Second-Stage Labor

This quality improvement project focused on a standardized process for medical record documentation and for communication among clinical team members and the laboring woman during second stage labor. A key aspect was an hourly time-out beginning at the start of second stage labor. Findings suggest these methods collectively can improve medical record documentation, enhance patient satisfaction, and promote patient safety.

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Do New Mothers Understand the Risk Factors for Maternal Mortality?

Maternal mortality is at an all time high in the United States and exceeds the rates in some developing countries. This study evaluated the knowledge of potentially life-threatening complications of childbirth in a sample of low-income new mothers during their postpartum hospitalization. Findings suggest we need to do much better on postpartum discharge teaching so new mothers know when to call their midwife, nurse practitioner, or physicians if postpartum complications occur during the first year after giving birth, so risks of maternal mortality can be decreased.

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Is There a Relationship Between Gestational Diabetes and Perinatal Depression?

The association between gestational diabetes and perinatal depression may be supported by shared physiologic and psychosocial influences, which appear to be bidirectional among these co-morbid conditions. The combination of gestational diabetes and perinatal depression requires further assessment and intervention as there are increased risks for adverse outcomes for mothers with these conditions and their babies.

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Reproductive Coercion: Baby, If You Love Me...

Reproductive coercion involves behavior that purposely interferes with a woman's decision-making about reproductive health and includes contraceptive sabotage, pregnancy pressure, and control of pregnancy outcomes. Reproductive coercion has been associated with increased risks of intimate partner violence, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy, and forced pregnancy outcomes. Review of the clinical implications of reproductive coercion is presented.

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Maternity Nurses' Knowledge and Practice of Breastfeeding in Mississippi

Mississippi has the lowest rate of breastfeeding initiation and for babies at 6 months of age of any state in America. This study evaluated maternity nurses' knowledge of breastfeeding and their perceptions of barriers to implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in their clinical practice. Overall knowledge was good but barriers to the Ten Steps included short-staffing, inadequate education about breastfeeding, and resistance to change.

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