Maternity

Critically ill obstetric patients

Be prepared to care for pregnant and postpartum patients in critical care settings. Takeaways: Some critical care nurses have reported that they don’t feel prepared...

Does folic acid really prevent pre-eclampsia?

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today The answer to that question, it turns out, is no. A recent randomized trial found that high-dose...

A case of obstetrical sepsis

Quick action results in a positive outcome. By Debra A. Hrelic, PhD, RNC Takeaways: In sepsis, tachycardia and tachypnea are a response to an increased metabolic rate...

New Zika guidance for pregnant women from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for health care professionals caring for pregnant women with possible Zika...

Cervical length good predictor of labor

When the cervix measured more than 30 mm at a woman's due date, she had a less than a 50% chance of delivering within...

Maternal depression during pregnancy may be factor in neonatal ICU admission

Greater duration of maternal depression before and during pregnancy is associated with an increase in admission of the newborn to the NICU and postpartum...

FDA publishes standards for presenting information on using medications during pregnancy and breastfeeding

On Dec. 3, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a final rule that sets standards for how information about using medicines during...

Preconception folic acid supplementation reduces SGA at birth

A meta-analysis in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) reports that taking folic acid before conception significantly reduces the risk of...

Study: Showering helps ease discomfort of women in labor

A study in Clinical Nursing Research reports that a 30-minute “therapeutic shower” taken when a woman is in active labor, can significantly reduce tension...

Study: Poor sleep in pregnancy may contribute to birth-related complications

Poor sleep quality and quantity during pregnancy can disrupt normal immune processes and may lead to lower birth weights and other complications, according to...