Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/7/2016
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For 2- and 4-year college-level nursing courses that cover pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.


Help readers think like maternal-newborn nurses

Accurate, readable, and up-to-date, Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing presents pregnancy and childbirth as normal life processes with family members as co-participants in care. This text thoroughly illuminates all aspects of maternal-newborn nursing and many opportunities for nurses to make a difference in a changing healthcare environment. After introducing key concepts, it progresses through the steps of the nursing process, clearly delineating nurses' roles throughout pregnancy, labor, birth, the newborn period, and postpartum care. For each, it presents basic theory followed by chapters on assessment and care for essentially healthy women or infants, and then by complications and treatment. Recurring themes include evidence-based practice, critical thinking, clinical decision-making, community-based care, patient and family teaching, safety, cultural competence, complementary/alternative therapies, and health promotion. This edition's significant updates include revisions reflecting the latest recommendations of AACN Baccalaureate Essentials, QSEN, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and Healthy People 2020.

Author Biography

Patricia A. Wieland Ladewig received her BS from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota; her MSN from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; and her PhD in higher education administration from the University of Denver in Colorado. She served as an Air Force nurse and discovered her passion for teaching as a faculty member at Florida State University. Over the years, she has taught at several schools of nursing. In addition, she became a women’s health nurse practitioner and maintained a part-time clinical practice for many years. In 1988, Dr. Ladewig became the first director of the nursing program at Regis College in Denver. In 1991, when the college became Regis University, she became academic dean of the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions. Under her guidance, the School of Nursing added a graduate program. In addition, the college added a School of Physical Therapy and a School of Pharmacy. In 2009 Dr. Ladewig became the Chief Academic Officer at Regis University. She retired from the position in 2016. She and her husband, Tim, enjoy skiing, baseball games, and traveling. However, their greatest pleasure comes from their family: son Ryan, his wife Amanda, and grandchildren Reed and Addison; and son Erik, his wife Kedri, and grandchildren Emma and Camden.

Marcia L. London received her BSN and School Nurse Certificate from Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, New York, and her MSN in pediatrics as a clinical nurse specialist from the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. She worked as a pediatric nurse and began her teaching career at Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital Affiliate Program. Mrs. London began teaching at Beth-El School of Nursing and Health Science in 1974 (now part of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs) after opening the first intensive care nursery at Memorial Hospital of Colorado Springs. She has served in many faculty positions at Beth-El, including assistant director of the School of Nursing. Mrs. London obtained her postmaster’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certificate in 1983 and subsequently developed the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) certificate and the master’s NNP program at Beth-El. She is active nationally in neonatal nursing and was involved in the development of National Neonatal Nurse Practitioner educational program guidelines. Mrs. London pursued her interest in college student learning by taking doctoral classes in higher education administration and adult learning at the University of Denver in Colorado. She feels fortunate to be involved in the education of her future colleagues and teaches undergraduate education. Mrs. London and her husband, David, enjoy reading, travel, and hockey games. They have two sons. Craig, who lives in Florida with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter Hannah, works with Internet companies. Matthew works in computer teleresearch. Both are more than willing to give Mom helpful hints about computers.

Michele R. Davidson completed her ADN degree from Marymount University and worked in multiple women’s health specialty areas including postpartum, newborn nursery, high-risk nursery, labor and delivery, reproductive endocrinology, gynecology medical-surgical, and oncology units as a registered nurse while obtaining a BSN from George Mason University.  Dr. Davidson earned her MSN and a nurse-midwifery certificate at Case Western Reserve University and continued to work as a full-scope nurse-midwife for 16 years. She has delivered over 1,000 babies during her career as a nurse-midwife. She completed her PhD in nursing administration and healthcare policy at George Mason University (GMU) and began teaching at GMU in 1999 while continuing in her role as a nurse- midwife. Dr. Davidson serves as the Coordinator for the PhD program in the School of Nursing. She has an interest in women’s mental health and focuses her research on perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.  Dr. Davidson also has an interest in the care of individuals with disabilities; she serves as a member of the Loudoun County Disability Advisory Committee and is a disability advocate in her community. She was a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council, the body that writes the national certification examination for certified nurse-midwives. She is a member of numerous editorial and advisory boards and has a passion for writing.  In 2000, Dr. Davidson developed an immersion clinical experience for GMU students on a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay. In 2003, she founded the Smith Island Foundation, a nonprofit organization in which she served as executive director for eight years. Dr. Davidson has also completed certifications in lactation consulting, forensic nursing, and surgical first assistant.  In 2012, her book, A Nurse’s Guide to Women’s Mental Health, won an American Journal of Nursing Book Award. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her mother, writing, gardening, Internet surfing, and spending time on Smith Island with her nurse-practitioner husband, Nathan, and their four active children, Hayden, Chloe, Caroline, and Grant.  Dr. Davidson and her family love the Eastern Shore of Maryland and continue to be part-time residents of Smith Island.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Care

Chapter 2 Family, Culture, and Complementary Health Approaches

Chapter 3 Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

Chapter 4 Conception and Fetal Development


Chapter 5 Health Promotion for Women

Chapter 6 Common Gynecologic Problems

Chapter 7 Families with Special Reproductive Concerns


Chapter 8 Physical and Psychologic Changes of Pregnancy

Chapter 9 Antepartum Nursing Assessment

Chapter 10 The Expectant Family: Needs and Care

Chapter 11  Maternal Nutrition

Chapter 12 Pregnancy in Selected Populations

Chapter 13 Assessment of Fetal Well-Being

Chapter 14 Pregnancy at Risk: Pregestational Problems

Chapter 15 Pregnancy at Risk: Gestational Onset


Chapter 16 Processes and Stages of Labor and Birth

Chapter 17 Intrapartum Nursing Assessment

Chapter 18 The Family in Childbirth: Needs and Care

Chapter 19 Pharmacologic Pain Management

Chapter 20 Childbirth at Risk: Pre-Labor and Intrapartum Complications

Chapter 21 Childbirth at Risk: Labor-Related Complications

Chapter 22 Birth-Related Procedures


Chapter 23 The Physiologic Responses of the Newborn to Birth

Chapter 24 Nursing Assessment of the Newborn

Chapter 25 Normal Newborn: Needs, Care, and Feeding

Chapter 26 The Newborn at Risk: Conditions Present at Birth

Chapter 27 The Newborn at Risk: Birth-Related Stressors


Chapter 28 Postpartum Adaptation and Nursing Assessment

Chapter 29 The Postpartum Family: Early Care Needs and Home Care

Chapter 30 The Postpartum Family at Risk

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