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Expiration Date: March 31, 2018
In the entire lexicon of human experience, birth is perhaps the one most filled with wonderment, emotion, and drama. It is no wonder that, throughout the ages, poets and other writers have extolled parenthood (particularly motherhood) and the miracle of life’s beginning.
Maternal-newborn nursing is not simply one of the oldest specialties but also one of the widest in scope, inextricably bound to the origins of family and roots of society. The scope of maternal-newborn nursing runs the gamut from before conception through adolescence, and on through the reproductive years of the parents, and covers a spectrum that ranges from epidemiology to bedside care. Therefore, the study of maternal-newborn nursing includes not only a knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the reproductive organs, and the development of a new life from conception to birth, but also an understanding of human growth and development and their relationship to society.
The future of each child depends on the physical and emotional health of the mother prior to conception, the genetic heritage it carries, its prenatal environment, and the care given to it at birth, during infancy, and throughout childhood. Consequently, the aim of maternal-newborn nursing is twofold: to protect the health, well-being, and safety of the mother, the father and the infant, and provide for the highest possible level of wellness for every childbearing family in terms of physical, emotional, and social well-being. This course will prepare the nurse for the general care of the normal childbearing woman and her family, from preconception care to the woman’s initial diagnosis of pregnancy through the antepartum period, labor, delivery, and immediate postpartum recovery, to her discharge from the birthing center or hospital and her outpatient follow-up and transition to well-woman care following birth. Care of the low-risk newborn throughout the transition stage until discharge home will also be highlighted.
Although emphasis is given to normal physiological changes occurring during pregnancy and childbirth, abnormal changes are briefly discussed to alert the reader to the more common obstetrical and newborn complications. This book will provide nurses who work in a variety of settings with basic, practical, and current information to enable them to be more effective and confident in caring for pregnant women, new mothers, and babies. The text can be used as a quick reference for practicing nurses and a study guide for nurses who desire to work in this specialty.
- Discuss global and national trends in childbirth, as well as infant mortality rates and current issues in maternal and newborn nursing as well as preconception care and effective interventions linked with improved pregnancy outcome.
- Recognize the major maternal physiological and psychological changes that occur during pregnancy.
- Discuss the key elements of the prenatal physical assessment and the appropriate nursing interventions based on the assessments and the purpose of childbirth preparation and the major methods and philosophies for providing effective prenatal educational support.
- Understand the natural course of labor, as well as indications for operative vaginal delivery and cesarean delivery, along with the risks of cesarean delivery and nursing interventions that might increase the success of vaginal delivery for women who have previously had a cesarean delivery as well as have a better understanding of maternal and fetal complications.
- Specify the causes of pain associated with labor and childbirth and the methods of pain relief that are most effective for women during labor and delivery.
- Discuss methods of assessing fetal well-being during the last trimester of pregnancy and during labor and delivery, as well as the essentials of nursing care involved in achieving the goal of delivering a healthy infant and appropriate nursing assessment and intervention strategies for the immediate care of the newborn infant.
- Identify physiological and psychological changes that normally occur following childbirth, as well as effective nursing assessment and intervention strategies for postpartum patients.
- Discuss the physiology of lactation, the advantages and challenges of breastfeeding, and effective problem-solving techniques that benefit breastfeeding women.
- Identify normal and abnormal characteristics of the newborn and specific nursing measures for assessment of the newborn, integration into the family, and discharge planning.
- Discuss appropriate nursing assessment and intervention strategies for select pregnancy complications.
- Describe the elements of the postpartum follow-up examination and appropriate education for postpartum women.
- Discuss appropriate nursing care in a case presentation based on the information presented in the chapters of this course and the five components of the nursing process.
Martha Barry, RN, MS, MLA
, has served from 1987 until the present on the clinical adjunct faculty of the University of Illinois, Chicago, College of Nursing, where she teaches graduate as well as undergraduate nursing students. She participated in the development of the University’s graduate entry accelerated nursing program, developed and taught the maternal-child clinical and didactic course, and taught the nursing leadership clinical course. Since 1993, Ms. Barry has worked as a certified nurse midwife at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. She has been a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health
since 2004, and is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Ms. Barry received her bachelor of science degree in nursing from De Paul University in Chicago, her master’s degree in nurse midwifery from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and a master of liberal arts degree from the University of Chicago.
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