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March/April 2017 - Volume 42 - Issue 2
pp: 71-124,E6-E9


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MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):71, March/April 2017.

MCN welcomes authors of all levels of experience from novice to expert. For writing tips, Nurse Author & Editor is a helpful resource.

Hot Topics in Maternity Nursing

Skin-to-Skin Care and Rooming-In: Safety Considerations

Killion, Molly M.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):115, March/April 2017.

New recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics about safety considerations during skin to skin in the first few hours of life and rooming in practices for new mothers and babies during the postpartum inpatient stay are discussed.

Hot Topics in Pediatric Nursing

Pediatric Medication Errors

Beal, Judy A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):116, March/April 2017.

Pediatric mediation errors continue to be a risk of harm. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommendations for giving liquid medications orally. Kitchen spoons are not appropriate to measure doses. Liquid medication should only be administered by an oral syringe that is metric based. Our pediatric nursing expert, Dr. Beal, explains how nurses can play an important role in teaching parents how to safely give medications to their children.


Is Routine Fortification of Human Milk for Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Indicated?

Spatz, Diane L.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):117, March/April 2017.

Although multi-nutrient fortification of human milk for babies in the neonatal intensive care unit is routine in the United States, a recent Cochrane Review suggests limited benefits. Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, offers suggestions for evaluating current practice on human milk fortification.

Global Health and Nursing

Building on Strengths: Maya Midwifery International

Callister, Lynn Clark

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):118, March/April 2017.

Maya Midwifery International provides care to mothers and babies in areas with low resources in Guatemala. Our global health nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses how this initiative is an example of working within the limits of available resources, addressing social determinants of health, and collaborating to enhance ability for indigenous providers to play a vital role in healthcare delivery that is safe, culturally appropriate, and cost effective.

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Perinatal Patient Safety

Avoiding Adverse Events after Postpartum Hospital Discharge

Simpson, Kathleen Rice

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):124, March/April 2017.

The hospital discharge process for new mothers and babies after childbirth is not always as comprehensive and individualized as it should be. Recommendations from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for avoiding adverse events after hospital discharge are discussed and applied to postpartum and newborn care.

Mothers' Weaning Practices when Infants Breastfeed for More Than One Year

Cunniff, Addie; Spatz, Diane

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):88-94, March/April 2017.

Not much is known about weaning from breastfeeding after the baby is a year old or more. The literature has not been updated for over a decade. A summary of current issues and four exemplar cases of weaning after extended breastfeeding are presented.

Simulation as Part of Discharge Teaching for Parents of Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Raines, Deborah A.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):95-100, March/April 2017.

Parents watching the nurse caring for their baby, followed by return demonstrations are traditional methods of discharge teaching for parents of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Simulation is widely used for enhancing learning of healthcare professionals, but little is known about simulation for family caregivers such as parents of a baby being discharged from the NICU. A program involving simulation as part of NICU parents' discharge teaching is presented.

Childbirth and New Mother Experiences of Arab Migrant Women

Bawadi, Hala; Ahmad, Muayyad M.

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):101-107, March/April 2017.

Arab Muslin women who have immigrated to the United Kingdom are generally pleased with the evolution of their family traditions. Without the support and advice of their extended family to guide routine decisions, they have realized freedom to conduct their lives as they wish and experienced closer relationships with their spouses. Immigration to the United Kingdom has a number of perceived positive aspects for Arab Muslim women.

Implications of Preterm Birth for Maternal Mental Health and Infant Development

Anderson, Cheryl; Cacola, Priscila

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):108-114, March/April 2017.

Preterm birth can be a traumatic event as it is many times unexpected and often leads to admission to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Mothers of infants in the NICU experience stress that can progress to depressive symptoms and posttraumatic stress disorder. These mental health issues can have a negative impact on maternal-infant attachment and infant development.

CE Connection

Introducing Allergenic Food into Infants' Diets: Systematic Review

Larson, Katelin; McLaughlin, Jessica; Stonehouse, Mallory; More

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):72-80, March/April 2017.

Delaying introduction of potentially allergenic foods may have had unintended consequences of increasing prevalence of food allergies among children. A review of the evidence suggests early rather than delayed introduction may be the best option for low risk infants.

Labor Nurses' Views of Their Influence on Cesarean Birth

Simpson, Kathleen Rice; Lyndon, Audrey

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing. 42(2):81-87, March/April 2017.

Nurses play an important role in helping women in labor avoid avoid a cesarean birth. They offer emotional encouragement, various labor support techniques, and information on what to expect as strategies to promote vaginal birth. They focus on the positve aspects of labor progress when communicating with physicians. The dynamics of the nurse-physician relationship is at times challenging as labor nurses do not always perceive their physician colleage share the same goals and investment for mode of birth.