Nursing: The Fourth Trimester of Pregnancy: New Recommendations for Optimizing Postpartum Care

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About theCourse



By completingthis course, the nurse will have a better understanding of patient needs duringthe postpartum period as well as a need for health-care policy changes tosupport optimal postpartum care.



  1. Define thepostpartum period.
  2. Identify thecomprehensive health needs specific to postpartum women.
  3. Describe thecrisis of maternal mortality in the United States.
  4. Discuss riskfactors and disparities that contribute to adverse postpartum outcomes.
  5. Identify coremembers of the postpartum care team.
  6. Discuss thechanges needed in health-care policy to support optimal postpartum care forwomen.
  7. Recognizenursing’s role in counseling pregnant and postpartum women.


About theAuthor

AmandaLaManna, MSN, NP-C, WHNP-BC


AmandaLaManna, MSN, NP-C, WHNP-BC, is a nurse practitioner living and practicing inRochester, New York. Amanda has worked in emergency medicine for the past fouryears and currently works at the region’s Level I trauma and tertiary carecenter. Amanda also works as a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE). Amandagraduated in 2011 from Yale School of Nursing where she completed a master’sdegree specializing in both adult and women’s health. Amanda came to themedical field from a background in the arts, obtaining a dual degree in violinperformance and Italian literary studies from the University of Connecticut in2008. She is a proud mother to 2-year-old twin girls. 

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