Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing / Edition 8

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Accurate, readable, and up-to-date, this "high-tech, high- touch" text presents pregnancy and childbirth as normal life processes with family members as co-participants in care. CONTEMPORARY MATERNAL-NEWBORN NURSING, 8/e 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132843218
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/30/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 848
  • Sales rank: 171,633
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents


1. Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Care

2. Culture and the Childbearing Family

3. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

4. Conception and Fetal Development


5. Health Promotion for Women

6. Common Gynecologic Problems

7. Families with Special Reproductive Concerns

8. Preparation for Parenthood


9. Physical and Psychologic Changes of Pregnancy

10. Antepartum Nursing Assessment

11. The Expectant Family: Needs and Care

12. Maternal Nutrition

13. Adolescent Pregnancy

14. Assessment of Fetal Well-Being

15. Pregnancy at Risk: Pregestational Problems

16. Pregnancy at Risk: Gestational Onset


17. Processes and Stages of Labor and Birth

18. Intrapartum Nursing Assessment

19. The Family in Childbirth: Needs and Care

20. Pharmacologic Management of Pain

21. Childbirth at Risk: Pre-Labor Comications

22. Childbirth at Risk: Labor-Related Comications

23. Birth-Related Procedures


24. Physiologic Responses of the Newborn to Birth

25. Nursing Assessment of the Newborn

26. Normal Newborn: Needs and Care

27. Newborn Nutrition

28. The Newborn at Risk: Conditions Present at Birth

29. The Newborn at Risk: Birth-Related Stressors


30. Postpartum Adaptation and Nursing Assessment

31. The Postpartum Family: Early Care Needs and Home Care

32. The Postpartum Family at Risk

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