Maternity Nursing, 8th Edition

Maternity Nursing

8th Edition

By Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, RNC, PhD, FAAN, Clinical Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, Nursing Education and Curriculum Consultant, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Shannon E. Perry, RN, CNS, PhD, FAAN, Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, USA and Mary Catherine Cashion, RN, BC, MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN, USA


1. 21st Century Maternity Nursing: Culturally Competent, Family and Community Focused

Unit One: Reproductive Years

2. Assessment and Health Promotion

3. Common Concerns

4. Contraception, Abortion, and Infertility

Unit Two: Pregnancy

5. Genetics, Conception, and Fetal Development

6. Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy

7. Nursing Care of the Family during Pregnancy

8. Maternal and Fetal Nutrition

Unit Three: Childbirth

9. Labor and Birth Processes

10. Management of Discomfort

11. Fetal Assessment during Labor

12. Nursing Care of the Family during Labor and Birth

Unit Four: Postpartum Period

13. Maternal Physiologic Changes

14. Nursing Care of the Family during the Fourth Trimester

15. Transition to Parenthood

Unit Five: The Newborn

16. Physiologic and Behavioral Adaptations

17. Assessment and Care of the Newborn and Family

18. Newborn Nutrition and Feeding

Unit Six: Complications of Childbearing

19. Assessment of High Risk Pregnancy

20. Pregnancy at Risk: Preexisting Conditions

21. Pregnancy at Risk: Gestational Conditions

22. Labor and Birth at Risk

23. Postpartum Complications

24. The Newborn at Risk