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Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing

Using an outcomes-based, contemporary approach, AWHONN's Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing, 4th Edition provides essential knowledge for care through every stage of pregnancy and childbirth. It is also the definitive resource in preparing for the AWHONN certification examination. A concise, outline format covers concepts of reproduction, fetal development, normal pregnancy, the intrapartum and postpartum periods, the normal newborn, complications in the mother and the newborn, and ethical and legal issues. Edited by two well-respected authors, Susan Mattson, RNC, CTN, PhD, FAAN, and Judy Smith, PhD, RNP-C, this is the only book that includes AWHONN-endorsed content for the practice of maternal-newborn nursing!

Paperback, 736 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1576-7


  • Section I: Reproduction: Fetal and Placental Development

    1. Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology, and the Menstrual Cycle

    2. Genetics

    3. Fetal and Placental Development and Functioning

    Section II: Normal Pregnancy

    4. Ethnocultural Considerations in the Childbearing Period

    5. Physiology of Pregnancy

    6. Psychology of Pregnancy

    Section III: Maternal-Fetal Well-being

    7. Age-Related Concerns

    8. Antepartum Fetal Assessment

    9. Environmental Hazards

    Section IV: Intrapartum Period

    10. Essential Forces and Factors in Labor

    11. Normal Childbirth

    12. Intrapartum Fetal Assessment

    Section V: Postpartum Period

    13. Physical and Psychologic Changes

    14. Breastfeeding

    15. Contraception

    Section VI: The Newborn

    16. Transitional Care of the Newborn

    17. The Newborn at Risk

    Section VII: Complications of Childbearing

    18. Intimate Partner Violence

    19. Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy

    20. Maternal Infections

    21. Hemorrhagic Disorders

    22. Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders

    23. Trauma in Pregnancy

    24. Surgery in Pregnancy

    25. Substance Abuse in Pregnancy

    26. Other Medical Complications

    27. Labor and Delivery at Risk

    28. Postpartum Complications

    Section VIII: Ethics and Issues

    29. Ethics


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