Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-28
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Maternal-newborn nursing is multi-faceted, challenging and rewarding. It provides multiple opportunities to touch lives and make a difference. In the new edition, those facets and their impact on maternal-newborn nursing is evident, while emphasizing that family members are co-particpants in care.

Because of the varied and rich opportunities for nurses, the theme emphasized in this edition are the many facets of maternal-newborn nursing. This thread is subtly woven throughout the book.

New To This Edition

-New Chapter! Childbirth at Risk: Pre-Labor Complications(Chapter 21), which focuses on content that impacts both pregnancy and labor and birth

-NEW - Evidence in Action boxes provide a quick “clinical pearl” for effective nursing practice

-NEW - Client-Family Teaching Cards in the center of the text are handy tools for students to use while studying or as a quick reference in the clinical setting

-NEW - Fetal Development Chart is full-color foldout which depicts maternal and fetal development by month and provides specific teaching guidelines for each stage of pregnancy.

-UPDATED - Critical Thinking Case Studies ask students to consider a brief scenario and to determine the appropriate response in that situation.

-Updated references throughout the textbook

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 taught at several schools of nursing. In addition, she became a women’s health nurse practitioner and maintained a part-time clinical practice. In 1988, Dr. Ladewig became the first director of the nursing program at Regis College in Denver, and, 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 has added a graduate program and the College has added a School of Physical Therapy and is in the process of developing a School of Pharmacy. Dr. Ladewig 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 Grace; and son, Erik, his wife, Kedri, and granddaughter, Emma.


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. Ms. 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 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 and her husband David  enjoy reading, travel and hockey games.  They have two sons. Craig, who lives in Florida, works with internet companies. Matthewworks in computerteleresearch. Both are more than willing to give Mom helpful hints about computers.



Michele R. Davidson

received an ADN degree from Marymount University in 1990 and upon graduation began working in postpartum and the newborn nursery in Washington, DC. She obtained a BSN from George Mason University and then earned her MSN and a nurse-midwifery certificate at Case Western Reserve University. She worked as a nurse-midwife at Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, DC, while completing her PhD in nursing administration and healthcare policy from George Mason University (GMU). Dr. Davidson began teaching at GMU in 1999. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives Certification Council, the body that writes the national certification examination for certified nurse-midwives. Dr. Davidson has developed an immersion clinical experience for GMU students on a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay where she teaches community health nursing to students who reside in the community. In 2003, she founded the Smith Island Foundation, a nonprofit organization in which she serves as executive director. In her free time, Michele enjoys spending time with her mother, gardening, reading, and camping with her nurse practitioner husband, Nathan, and their four young children, Hayden, Chloe, Caroline, and Grant.

Table of Contents

Introductory Concepts
Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Care
Culture and the Childbearing Family
Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
Conception and Fetal Development
Womenrsquo;s Health: The Reproductive Years
Health Promotion for Women
Common Gynecologic problems
Families with Special Reproductive Concerns
Preparation of Pregnancy
Pregnancy and Family
Physical and Psychologic Changes of Pregnancy
Antepartal Nursing Assessment
The Expectant Family: Needs and Care
Maternal Nutrition
Adolescent Pregnancy
Assessment of Fetal Well-Being
Pregnancy at Risk: Pregestational Problems
Pregnancy at Risk: Gestational Onset
Birth and the Family
Processes and Stages of Labor and Birth
Intrapartal Nursing Assessment
Family in Childbirth: Needs and Care
Pharmacologic Management of Pain
Childbirth at Risk: Prelabor Complications
Childbirth at Risk: Labor-Related Complications
Birth-Related Procedures
The Newborn
The Physiologic Responses of the Newborn to Birth
Nursing Assessment of the Newborn
Normal Newborn: Needs and Care
Newborn Nutrition
The Newborn at Risk: Conditions Present at Birth
The Newborn at Risk: Birth Related Stressors
Pospartal Adaptations and Nursing Assessment
The Postpartal Family: Needs and Care
Home Care of the Postpartal Family
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