Maternity

First genetic test for Fragile X Syndrome

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved marketing for the very first genetic test to help diagnose Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). FXS is a genetic disorder which affects approximately 1 in every 4,000...

New study reveals insight into prevalence of mental health conditions in young mothers

A study recently published in the Journal of Adolescent Health examined the prevalence of mental illness in young mothers (younger than 21). The researchers surveyed 450 women living in Ontario, Canada. The data revealed that...

Study highlights increases in amount of out-of-pocket spending for maternity care

A recent study published in Health Affairs highlights how much the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenses for maternity care have increased over time. The study examined the costs associated with maternity care between 2008 and 2015 (before...

Caring for infants and families affected by neonatal abstinence syndrome

Standardized care and compassion are key to successful treatment. Takeaways Evidence-based standardized protocols are needed to provide the best treatment for the mother-infant dyad and improve outcomes for infants neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and mothers...

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Low-risk pregnancies may result in fewer interventions with midwives

A new study from Obstetrics & Gynecology indicates that women with low-risk pregnancies, who delivered in a hospital setting with a midwife, may need fewer interventions and cesarean sections (C-sections) than women who saw...

Preventing postpartum newborn falls

Work as a team to identify maternal and environmental risks. Takeaways: Nurses can identify risk factors for infant falls and proactively intervene and reverse risky scenarios. Nurses can lead non-nursing personnel to assist in preventing...

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

October is the official month for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness, an important time to recognize families and individuals who have suffered such a loss. Additionally, October 15th is recognized as the World Pregnancy...

Intimate partner violence in pregnancy

Screening, assessment, and intervention. Takeaways  According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 32.4% of women in the United States have experienced physical violence by and intimate partner and 19.1% have reported complete or attempted...

Pain in infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy

Infants exposed to opioids while their mothers were pregnant react more strongly to pain, according to a study in Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine. Read more at PennState and access the article here.

Prescription drugs in pregnant and nursing women

On May 8, the FDA released two draft guidance documents designed to improve understanding of effects of prescription drugs in pregnant and nursing women. Read more at fda.gov.

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Be aware of this often misdiagnosed and possibly deadly condition. Takeaways:  Nurses should have a high level of suspicion for spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) when patients, especially young women, present with chest pain and...

Night shifts and miscarriages

Nurses are all too familiar with the disadvantages of night shift work, including deleterious effects on general health (including sleep disturbance and weight gain), personal life (disrupted time with family and friends), and professional...