Maternity Nursing

An Introductory Text


  • Gloria Leifer, MA, RN, CNE, Professor, Obstetric and Pediatric Nursing, Riverside City College, Riverside, CA

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.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2011
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4377-2209-3

Table of Contents

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

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