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Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Labor and Delivery Nurses

Nurses who care for women during labor and birth often witness traumatic events such as pregnancy loss, a stillborn baby, perineal trauma, difficult operative vaginal birth, a depressed newborn at birth, maternal complications including amniotic fluid embolism, massive postpartum hemorrhage and at times, maternal death. These events can lead to secondary traumatic stress. In this study, labor and birth nurses in one three-hospital system share their experiences with secondary traumatic stress.

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

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.

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Maternity Nurses' Responses to Maternal Early Warning Criteria

As the health care profession that provides the majority of hands-on, direct bedside clinical care, nurses are often the first to notice subtle and potentially concerning changes in maternal condition. In this study of nurses in a three-hospital system, nurses' response to maternal early warning signs were evaluated.

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Pregnant Women's Reports of the Impact of COVID-19 on Pregnancy, Prenatal Care, and Infant Feeding Plans

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on all aspects of health care including prenatal care, childbirth, and infant feeding. In this research, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians surveyed pregnant women across the United States using a pregnancy app to see how the pandemic has affected them during the childbirth process. The voices of these new mothers are highlighted in this study.

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Care During Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum, and Human Milk Feeding for Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ+

Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ need and deserve respectful, affirming, compassionate care during pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and human milk feeding. A review is offered to promote high quality nursing care for this population. Details of providing human milk including inducing lactation and co-lactating are covered in detail.

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