Maternity

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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On May 8, the FDA released two draft guidance documents designed to improve understanding of effects of prescription drugs in pregnant and nursing women.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

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)...

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),...

FDA approves diagnostic test for breast milk nutrients

On December 21, 2018, the FDA approved the Miris Human Milk Analyzer, a new diagnostic test to help clinicians measure nutrients in breast milk,...