Relationship With the Father of the Baby and Perceived Stress Among Black Women

The relationship with the father of the baby may influence psychological well-being of pregnant women. In this study, women who reported distant relationship with the fathers of their babies during pregnancy had higher levels of perceived stress. As stress is known to affect pregnancy outcomes, this type of information obtained during initial and ongoing assessment during pregnancy can help to guide supportive nursing care and appropriate referral.

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Symptoms of Depression and Preterm Birth Among Black Women

This study evaluated the relationship between depressive symptoms and preterm birth among Black women while adjusting for general social support and support from the father of the baby. Approximately 17% of women in the sample had a preterm birth. One-fifth had severe depressive symptoms based on the Centers for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Women with severe depressive symptoms were almost twice as likely to give birth preterm when compared to women who did not have these symptoms.

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Interpersonal Relationships Among Black Couples and Depressive Symptoms During Pregnancy

A significant number of Black mothers and fathers report depressive symptoms during pregnancy and postpartum. Based on the findings of this study and others, screening for depressive symptoms for all pregnant women and their partners has merit.

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Evaluation of Content on Commonly Used Web sites About Induction of Labor and Pain Management During Labor

Childbearing women often look to the Internet for information about pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting. However, some of the information may be inaccurate or of limited value. In this study, the content and accuracy of common Internet sites used by pregnant women were evaluated. Websites hosted by the government were found to be the most complete and accurate.

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The Smart Nutrition and Conditioning for Kids (SNACK) Program: An Approach to Increasing Nutrition Knowledge of Second-Grade Students

Childhood obesity is a major problem that appears to be on the increase. In this study, researchers evaluated an innovative program integrated into physical education classes for second grade students that aimed to promote healthy eating choices. Findings suggest nutrition education for children as young as seven years old can be useful in teaching them to choose healthy food.

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Going Along With It: Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses' Views of a Donor Milk Practice Change

Nurses working in a level III neonatal intensive care unit experienced a change in practice for feeding preterm infants human breastmilk for which they had no input and were offered little supportive evidence. This study explored nurses' perceptions of the change to sterilized pasteurized donor human milk stored in retort packages and suggestions for a more collaborative approach to adopting new practices and products in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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