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Contemporary Maternal-Newborn Nursing Care, 8th Edition

By Patricia W. Ladewig, Marcia L. London, Michele C. Davidson

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jan 16, 2013


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.

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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