21st Century Maternity Nursing


21stCentury Maternity Nursing

Thecontemporary childbirth settings are established to suit the needs ofthe people in the current generation. The majority of hospitals haveareas where labor, delivery, and recovery takes place, and they areidentified as the LDR rooms (McKinney et al., 2013). This childbirthsetting is different from that in the past where the labor room, thedelivery room, and the recovery areas were separate. After the mothergives birth in the LDR room, she stays for a while before thephysicians transfer her to the postpartum room (Murrey&amp McKinney,2014). Since the mother spends most of her time in the LDR room,other family members also find it easier to remain with her duringthe stay.

Maternalnursing in the 21stcentury is family-centered in the sense that couples have increasedcontrol over aspects such as the timing and interventions requiredduring labor (Hatfield, 2013). This indication illustrates thatindividuals expecting a child can decide the type of care the motherneeds during birth. Scientific advances in maternal nursing havefacilitated the survival of premature infants, as well as neonateswith small weights during birth (Hatfield, 2013). Most of thesenewborns had low survival rates in the past. Equally important,pediatric specialists can monitor the fetus, and after the child’sbirth, they can treat any congenital disorders quickly (Murray &ampMcKinney, 2014).

Nurseshave different roles in the provision of maternal care, and thisdepends on their specialty. The family nurse practitioner cares forthe woman in maternity while health care delivery to the infant isthe duty of the neonatal nursing practitioner (NNP), (McKinney etal., 2013). The pediatric setting, therefore, has professionals thataddress prenatal care, the child’s growth, and they also guidetheparents concerning the infant’s health problems.


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McKinney,E., James, S., Murray, S., &amp Nelson, K. (2013). Maternal-childnursing. Amsterdam: Elsevier Health Sciences.

Murray,S., &amp McKinney, E. (2014). Foundationsof Maternal-Newborn and Women`s Health Nursing.Amsterdam:Elsevier Health Sciences.