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July/August 2014 - Volume 39 - Issue 4
pp: 216-276

Editorial


Acknowledgment and Thanks

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):216-217, July/August 2014.

We likely all know someone who has been special to us in helping with professional growth. Thank them and let them know how much you appreciate their advice and guidance. Help someone else in their honor.

Second Opinion Column


Should Infants With Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome be Discharged With Their Mothers Rather Than Placed in a Foster-Care Environment?

Beal, Judy; Bauer, Jill A.; Diedrick, Lee A.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):218-219, July/August 2014.

What is the safest environment for newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome following their discharge after birth?

Nutrition for the Family


Understanding Eating Behavior

Morin, Karen H.

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):269, July/August 2014.

Consideration of eating patterns, eating norms, and social context are important in understanding nutritional behavior and knowing how best to counsel patients to promote good nutrition.

Health Information Technology


Evidence for Practice With Smart Infusion Pumps

McCartney, Patricia

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):270, July/August 2014.

Smart pumps are recommended by safety experts to prevent errors in intravenous medication administration. Are you using these health information technology devices to their full potential?

Global Health and Nursing


Toward Evidence Based Practice: PDF Only


Letter to the Editor


Perinatal Patient Safety


Safe Prevention of Primary Cesarean Birth

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):276, July/August 2014.

Efforts to minimize risk of unnecessary cesarean birth can be promoted given the large body of evidence published on various aspects of labor management over the past decade. Avoiding elective induction of labor before 41 completed weeks of gestation is a major recommendation.


Peripartum Cardiomyopathy

Sundin, Courtney Stanley

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):220-224, July/August 2014.

Peripartum Cardiomyopathy is a rare, but serious life threatening emergency that occurs during pregnancy and postpartum. Important clinical features and a case example are provided to highlight what you need to know.

Reproducability of Non-Invasive Bilirubin Measurements

Mazur, Mary G.; Mihalko-Mueller, Judith; Callans, Helen; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):225-230, July/August 2014.

Transcutaneous bilirubin measurements to screen for hyperbilirubinemia could reduce the amount of blood obtained invasively from newborns.

Evaluating Implementation of a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative

VanDevanter, Nancy; Gennaro, Susan; Budin, Wendy; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):231-237, July/August 2014.

Implementing the Baby Friendly Hospital initiative has many challenges but is worth the energy. These authors describe evaluation of their efforts to achieve Baby Friendly Hospital status in a large urban hospital in New York City.

Living With Gestational Diabetes in a Rural Community

Abraham, Kylene; Wilk, Nancy

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):239-245, July/August 2014.

The diagnosis of gestational diabetes has major implications for women during their pregnancy and beyond. The voices of participants in this study can be beneficial in guiding nursing care for women newly diagnosed with diabetes during pregnancy.

Colostrum and Complementary Feeding Practices Among Jordanian Women

Abuidhail, Jamila

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):246-252, July/August 2014.

Jordan is one of the most developed countries in the Middle East however their infant feeding practices have not been well studied. This study examines exclusive breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices in Jordan.

Survey of Midwives' Knowledge of Caries Prevention in Perinatal Care

Ehlers, Vicky; Callaway, Angelika; Azrak, Birgül; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):253-259, July/August 2014.

Midwives have the opportunity to provide important education about prevention of dental caries during the prenatal and postpartum period.

Nurses' Perspectives on the Close Collaboration with Parents Training Program in the NICU

Axelin, Anna; Ahlqvist-Björkroth, Sari; Kauppila, Wiveka; More

MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 39(4):260-268, July/August 2014.

A program to promote more active involvement in care and decision making by parent of babies in the NICU was developed as part of planning for a new NICU with single rooms. The goal was to make sure clinical care and interactions with parents and family were as up-to-date as the new unit configuration and design.