Nursing: Maternal Newborn Nursing, 6th Edition

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About the Course

This course presents information for nurses caring for women, children, and families in a variety of settings. The comprehensive content provides a chronological view of a woman’s journey from conception to post-delivery, the importance of self-care, care of the newborn, and how the nursing process guides the critical role of the nurse at each stage.  Some content presented may be more applicable to nurses working in specialized clinical areas. 

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Discuss global and national trends in childbirth and infant mortality rates and current issues in maternal and newborn nursing.
  • Discuss the importance of preconception and prenatal care and the nurse’s role in promoting positive pregnancy outcomes.
  • Discuss the diagnosis of pregnancy, psychosocial changes that occur, and prenatal physical assessment and appropriate nursing interventions based on its findings.
  • Discuss the purpose of childbirth preparation and the major methods and approaches for providing effective prenatal education to expecting families.
  • Discuss the forces, stages, methods of delivery, potential maternal and fetal complications that may occur during labor, and the nursing interventions needed to ensure a safe delivery for the newborn and the mother.
  • Discuss the causes of pain associated with labor and childbirth and the methods of pain relief available to women during labor and delivery.
  • Identify physiological and psychological changes that normally occur after childbirth and effective nursing assessment and intervention strategies for postpartum patients.
  • Discuss the nutritional needs of the infant, factors to consider when choosing a method of feeding, the physiology of lactation, and supporting parents with their feeding choice.
  • Discuss characteristics of the newborn, nursing interventions relative to the newborn assessment, and key topics in mother/caregiver education.
  • Discuss appropriate nursing assessment and intervention strategies for selected pregnancy complications.
  • Describe the elements postpartum follow-up examinations and appropriate education for postpartum women.
  • Discuss how the nursing process guides the care nurses provide to mothers and newborns.


About the  Authors:


Elizabeth P. West, RNC, has been practicing in labor and delivery for more than three decades and is a certified women’s health nurse practitioner, a neonatal resuscitation program instructor, and an intermediate fetal monitoring instructor.  She is currently the nursing practice specialist for labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA.

Christine Just, RN, MSN, CNM, is director of the Provider Council for the South Shore Health System, Weymouth, MA, coordinating clinical integration projects and process improvements. Ms. Just also works as a certified nurse midwife and consultant with 25+ years of maternity care experience in clinical and educational roles. 

Michelle Doran, RN, MS, has 20 years of administrative and clinical practice in pediatrics and maternal-newborn nursing in various healthcare settings and the health plan industry. Ms. Doran received her BSN from the John's Hopkins University, a MS in nursing leadership from Regis College, and is pursuing her doctorate in nursing practice through George Washington University School of Nursing.

Patricia Hojnowski-Diaz, MS, MBA, RN, is a clinician and leader with practice experience including quality and safety, the patient experience, women’s health, and pediatric care, with leadership roles in acute care and home care settings. She is currently a nurse educator with an emphasis on nursing process, clinical skill development, and nursing’s comprehensive approach to promoting health and healing. 

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