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March/April 2016 - Volume 41 - Issue 2
pp: 75-132,E5-E8


Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Interactive Screen Media Use by Young Children

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):124, March/April 2016.

How much screen time is too much? What should nurses tell parents when they ask about their children's use of electronic devices? Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal covers the latest news from the literature and the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to advise families on media use.


Informal Milk Sharing

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):125, March/April 2016.

When the new mother is unable to breastfeed or provide milk for her own child, human milk must be accessed from another source. There are three options: pasteurized donor human milk from a non-profit milk bank governed by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, pasteurized donor human milk from a for-profit company, or through informal milk sharing. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz explains why families may opt to or need to access human milk informally and why nurses and healthcare providers must have knowledge of informal milk sharing.

Health Information Technology

The Electronic Health Record and Nursing Practice

McCartney, Patricia Robin

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):126, March/April 2016.

The electronic health record has an impact on all aspects of nursing practice. Our HIT nursing expert, Dr. McCartney offers advice on how to take action to promote safe use of the electronic health record.

Global Health and Nursing

Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going in Global Health for Women and Children?

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):127, March/April 2016.

There have been great improvements in the health of women and children around the world in the first 15 years of the new millennium, but much more work needs to be done to promote and support optimal health for all women, mothers, children, and babies worldwide.

Toward Evidence-Based Practice: PDF Only

Perinatal Patient Safety

Promoting Teen Mothers' Mental Health

Freed, Patricia; SmithBattle, Lee

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):84-89, March/April 2016.

Teen mothers may have experienced adverse childhood experiences that were distressing and traumatic. These events can have a negative influence on their pregnancy and parenting. Trauma-informed care and strengths-based care can be helpful in supporting teen mothers.

Breastfeeding Barriers and Support in a Rural Setting

Goodman, Laurel R.; Majee, Wilson; Olsberg, Joshua E.; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):98-103, March/April 2016.

A community assessment in a rural area of Missouri was conducted to identify challenges to successful breasfeeding. Breastfeeding women and healthcare providers offer their insights on current realities and what would be needed to improve breastfeeding rates.

Sleep, Depression, and Fatigue in Late Postpartum

Thomas, Karen A.; Spieker, Susan

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):104-109, March/April 2016.

Sleep problems and fatigue are common issues among mothers of new babies. This study explores the relation between sleep, fatigue and depression for new mothers during the late postpartum period. Suggestions for helpful interventions are offered.

Trying to Live With Pumping: Expressing Milk for Preterm or Small for Gestational Age Infants

Ikonen, Riikka; Paavilainen, Eija; Kaunonen, Marja

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):110-115, March/April 2016.

Concern about infant feeding is a common problem reported by mothers of preterm babies admitted to neonatal intensive care units. This study explores the experiences of mothers of preterm babies as they faced the challenges of pumping breast milk to provide the best nutrition for their baby and maintain their ability to breastfeed once the baby was able.

Postpartum Care for Women with Gestational Diabetes

Ortiz, Felina Mychelle; Jimenez, Elizabeth Yakes; Boursaw, Blake; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):116-122, March/April 2016.

Gestational diabetes mellitus is one of the most common pregnancy complications in the United States, affecting 7% of all pregnancies, yet care for this population is not always ideal. This study evaluates postpartum care and follow-up for women with gestational diabetes in a tertiary care center in New Mexico.

CE Connection

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder After Birth: A Metaphor Analysis

Beck, Cheryl Tatano

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):76-83, March/April 2016.

Nine percent of mothers screened positive for meeting the diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to childbirth in a recent study of childbearing women in the United States. The purpose of this study was to analyze the language used by mothers experiencing PTSD after traumatic birth for metaphors as a rich source of insight into this mental illness for maternal child nurses.

Perinatal Practices & Traditions Among Asian Indian Women

Goyal, Deepika

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 41(2):90-97, March/April 2016.

Asian Indian women living in the United States have many cultural practices and traditions related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. An overview is provided to help perinatal nurses give quality care to this unique and growing population.