Managing Asthma During Pregnancy

$17.95
About the Course

Asthma is the most common potentially serious medical condition to complicate pregnancy. Asthma affects approximately 8% of women in their childbearing years.  This course discusses how the changes that occur during pregnancy can impact asthma management.  Uncontrolled asthma can cause serious complications to the mother, including high blood pressure, toxemia, premature delivery, and rarely death. For the baby, complications of uncontrolled asthma include increased risk for stillbirth, fetal growth retardation, premature birth, low birth weight, and a low Apgar score at birth. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • State three goals of asthma management during pregnancy.
  • List five adverse outcomes to mother and child caused by poor asthma management.
  • Discuss asthma medication use during pregnancy.
  • Describe antepartum and intrapartum asthma management and its effects.
  • Discuss the components of asthma education for the pregnant woman with asthma.

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken with the course Asthma Management in Children and Adults, 2nd Edition.


About the Author:
Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP

Judith Quaranta, PhD, RN, CPN, AE-C, FNAP, is an assistant professor in the Decker School of Nursing, Binghamton University. She received her PhD from the Decker School of Nursing, with her dissertation focusing on asthma management of school nurses. Dr. Quaranta’s research focus is on barriers and facilitators for asthma management. As a Train the Trainer for the American Lung Association’s Open Airways for Schools curriculum, she has worked collaboratively with the Broome County Health Department, the Asthma Coalition of the Southern Tier, United Health Services Hospital, and the local American Lung Association to implement this program in local schools. Through integration of Open Airways into course content, undergraduate nursing students teach the program, allowing for sustainability of Open Airways and providing access to asthma self-management education.  In April 2017, she was inducted into the National Academies of Practice of Nursing as a Distinguished Fellow for her work with asthma.  Dr. Quaranta received Individual Development Awards from Binghamton University and a Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence Award to further her research in asthma. She has presented at national conferences on the topic of asthma and self-management and has written for journals including the Journal of School Nursing, Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Online Journal of Rural Nursing, Journal of Family Social Work, and Journal of Interprofessional Care and authored chapters in textbooks on research and community and public health. 
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