Perceptions of Adult Women on Losing Their Mothers at an Early Age: Implications for Nursing Care During Childbirth

Loss of mother during childhood can be a devastating blow to the child, with multiple implications that last a lifetime. In this study, adult women who lost their mother during childhood share their perceptions of how this loss has affected many aspects of their life. The researchers offer suggestions for incorporating the findings into nursing care of women in this unique group during the childbirth process.

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Skin to Skin Contact: Newborn Temperature Stability in the Operating Room

Skin-to-skin contact is commonly initiated after vaginal birth of healthy babies, but not for all women giving birth via cesarean to healthy babies. In this study, the feasibility of using skin-to-skin contact in the operating room (OR) for all healthy mothers and babies after cesarean birth was examined using newborn temperature stability as a measure. Results suggest concerns about temperature stability should not be a barrier to implementing skin-to-skin care in the OR after cesarean birth of healthy babies.

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Implementation of an Oxytocin Checklist to Improve Clinical Outcomes

Oxytocin checklists can be helpful in standardizing clinical practice during induction and augmentation of labor. In this quality improvement project, the authors found use of the checklist was favorably received by the labor nurses and was associated with several positive clinical outcomes such as a lower cesarean birth rate, a shorter first stage labor, less tachysystole, less overall dose of oxytocin, and less need to titrate the dose based on uterine or fetal status.

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Postpartum Depression Screening for New Mothers at Well Child Visits

Pediatric well child visits offer an opportunity to screen new mothers for postpartum depression. This study examines the feasibility of screening for postpartum depression in the pediatric ambulatory setting, the content of the discussion about postpartum depression with the new mother and the pediatric provider, and prevalence of postpartum depressions among study participants.

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Health and Social Needs of Young Mothers

Adolescent mothers face many challenges. In this study, using focus group methodology, teen mothers were asked about their pregnancy and postpartum with a focus on various situations they faced and their suggestions for healthcare providers on how to improve their care.

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Finding the Fertile Phase: Low-Cost Luteinizing Hormone Sticks Versus Electronic Fertility Monitor

This study compared two methods of detection of the fertile window among women who were using the Marquette Method of natural family planning. The ovulation sticks, which were one-half of the costs of the electronic hormonal fertility monitor strips, were found to be sufficiently sensitive for determining peak fertility when used with the Marquette Fertility algorithm. These data can be helpful for couples in making choices as the fertility strips and sticks are not usually covered by health insurance.

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Underserved Pregnant and Postpartum Women's Access and Use of Their Health Records

Electronic health portals are becoming more common as part of pediatric and maternity care. In this study, access and use of health records among underserved pregnant and postpartum women is examined and suggestions for clinical practice recommendations based on findings are presented.

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