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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathleen R Simpson, PhD, RNC, FAAN(St. John's Mercy Medical Center)
Description: This is the seventh edition of an excellent basic resource for nursing students who are studying care for women during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period. Immediate care of the newborn also is included. The last edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to prepare students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to become competent, critically thinking, caring nurses. This popular text has been updated to include the latest evidence to support current maternity nursing care and certainly meets the objectives of the authors.
Audience: The book is written at the level of the basic nursing student with easily understandable content, illustrations, and summaries of current research. Deitra Lowdermilk and Shannon Perry are recognized experts in maternity nursing and have consistently produced excellent resources for nursing students.
Features: Pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum, and newborn care are covered, as well as selected complications. Current and evolving evidence is highlighted. Content for patient teaching is prominently displayed. Critical thinking exercises are integrated into each chapter to guide students in applying their knowledge and using critical thinking to plan appropriate care for women and newborns.
Assessment: This text has long been one of the most widely used for students of maternity nursing. As new evidence, standards, and guidelines have been published, a new edition was required. Both students and faculty will find this updated edition to be a valuable resource.