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Navigating a Minefield: Meta-Synthesis of Teen Mothers' Breastfeeding Experience

Dr. Lee SmithBattle, a well-known expert on teen pregnancy, and her colleagues examine breastfeeding among teens in this meta-synthesis. They noted that breastfeeding is deeply meaningful to young mothers, however teens navigate a minefield that undermines breastfeeding intentions and development of skill and confidence. This is often characterized by contested norms and spaces that are inhospitable and stigmatizing to teen mothers. Nurses can use these data to support and encourage teens who are breastfeeding.

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Vitamin D Deficiency and Sleep Quality in Minority Pregnant Women

Researchers evaluated the relationships between vitamin D deficiency and sleep quality among pregnant African American and Hispanic women. Minority women are at higher risk for vitamin D deficiency and more likely to experience poor sleep quality compared with non-Hispanic White women. Over 60% of women in this study had vitamin D deficiency and 58% had poor sleep quality scores. Low vitamin D levels were associated with poor sleep quality. All pregnant women should be assessed for sleep quality and sleep hygiene techniques should be recommended as appropriate.

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Kangaroo Care for Hospitalized Infants with Congenital Heart Disease

Skin-to-skin care, also known as kangaroo care, has many known benefits for newborns. In this quality improvement project, nurses caring for infants with congenital heart disease requiring corrective surgery in the first few weeks of life developed processes to apply kangaroo care to this patient population and evaluated outcomes. Kangaroo care appears to be feasible and safe for infants with congenital heart disease before and after surgery.

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Teaching Father-Infant Massage during Postpartum Hospitalization: A Randomized Crossover Trial

In this randomized crossover trial, new fathers were randomized to viewing a video about infant massage before or after they were observed by nurses during father-infant interactions. Fathers who had viewed the massage video had increased bonding interactions compared with fathers who had not seen the video. Fathers were positive about learning infant massage. Newborn massage by fathers may be one way to enhance paternal bonding.

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Post-Traumatic Stress, Depression, and Quality of Life in Women with Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Peripartum cardiomyopathy is a rare and serious cardiac condition of pregnancy. Relationships among post-traumatic stress, depression, and quality of life were evaluated in women living with peripartum cardiomyopathy. Post-traumatic stress correlated significantly and positively with depression, and post-traumatic stress. Depression correlated significantly and inversely with quality of life. All participants measured positive for depression. Nurses should ensure that women with peripartum cardiomyopathy are followed closely for depression and post-traumatic stress.

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