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Maternity Nursing

An Introductory Text

From prenatal through postpartum care, Gloria Leifer's Maternity Nursing: An Introductory Text provides an essential foundation for promoting the health and wellness of mothers and newborns. This edition includes the latest advances and practice standards in maternity nursing care, highlighting Healthy People 2020 and the 2011 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals. Part of the popular LPN Threads series, this text addresses the knowledge, skills, and scope of practice appropriate for LPN/LVN and LPN/LVN-to-ADN ladder programs.

Paperback, 536 Pages

Published: October 2011

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-2209-3


  • Unit One: Social and Family Dynamics

    1. Contemporary Maternity Care, Family, and Cultural Considerations

    2. Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology

    Unit Two: Development of the Fetus

    3. Fetal Development

    Unit Three: Pregnancy

    4. Physiologic and Psychologic Changes During Pregnancy

    5. Health Care and Fetal Assessment During Pregnancy

    Unit Four: Labor and Birth

    6. Process of Normal Labor

    7. Nursing Care During Labor

    8 . Management of Pain During Labor

    Unit Five: The Newborn

    9. Physiologic Adaptation of the Newborn and Nursing Assessment

    10. Nursing Care of the Newborn

    11. Newborn Feeding

    Unit Six: Postpartum Assessment

    12. Postpartum Assessment and Nursing Care

    Unit Seven: Complications of Childbearing

    13. Health Problems Complicating Pregnancy

    14. Complications of Labor and Birth

    15. The Newborn at Risk: Conditions Associated with Gestational Age and Development

    16. The Newborn at Risk: Acquired and Congenital Conditions

    17. Postpartum Complications

    Unit Eight: Community-Based Care

    18. The Pregnant Adolescent and Nursing Care in the Community

    Unit Nine: Other Reproductive Issues

    19. Family Planning and Infertility

    20. Women's Health Issues

    21. Complementary and Alternative Therapies

    Appendix A: The Joint Commission's Lists of Dangerous Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols

    Appendix B: Commonly Used Abbreviations in Maternal and Pediatric Nursing

    Appendix C: Common Spanish Phrases for Maternity and Pediatric Nursing

    Appendix D: Multilingual Glossary of Symptoms

    Appendix E: Conversion Tables

    Appendix F: Selected Maternal and Newborn Laboratory Values

    Appendix G: Transfer of Selected Drugs and Other Chemicals into Breast Milk

    Appendix H: Answers to Review Questions for the NCLEX® Examination

    Bibliography and Reader References

    Illustration Credits



    Study Guide


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