Perinatal Nursing

Perinatal Nursing
5th Ed.
2021 © Wolters Kluwer
Kathleen Rice Simpson PhD, RNC, FAAN; Patricia A. Creehan MSN, RNC; Nancy O'Brien-Abel, MN, RNC; Cheryl K. Roth, PhD, WHNP-BC, RNC-OB, RNFA; Annie J. Rohan, PhD, RN, NNP-BC, CPNP-PC, FAANP
ISBN-13: 978-1-975174-53-8
Nursing, Evidence Based Medicine


Leave the self-doubt behind - get fully grounded in effective perinatal care, with Perinatal Nursing, 5th Edition, an official publication of the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN). This freshly updated, comprehensive resource offers expert guidelines and best practices for the full range of patient care issues, from cultural practices and pregnancy complications to newborn assessments and nutrition. Stay current with this must-have, evidence-based support for both perinatal and labor and delivery nursing.

Strengthen and upgrade your perinatal nursing strengths and expertise:

  • • NEW and expanded content on pregnancy complications - Bleeding in pregnancy, preterm labor and birth, diabetes, cardiac disease, pulmonary complications, multiple gestation, obesity and more
  • • NEW content on newborn nutrition - The infant feeding decision, breastfeeding benefits, nutritional components, and preterm milk and lactation
  • • NEW and updated content on patient safety and maternal morbidity and mortality in the United States - Instructions on how to make maternity units safer based on the most current evidence, and through application of various care bundles
  • • Evidence-based information on clinical conditions - Includes chapter on obesity that covers risks to the mother and fetus, care from preconception to postpartum, and bariatric surgery
  • • Text boxes emphasize crucial care standards and guidelines
  • • Practical guidance and current best practices for areas including:
    •     • Perinatal patient safety and quality care
    •     • Integrating patient cultural beliefs and practices into perinatal care
    •     • Physiologic changes of pregnancy
    •     • Antenatal care
    •     • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
    •     • Pregnancy complications
    •     • Multiple gestation
    •     • Maternal-fetal transport
    •     • Labor and birth
    •     • Fetal assessment
    •     • Managing pain during labor
    •     • Postpartum care
    •     • Newborn care - Adaptation to extrauterine life, physical assessment and nutrition
  • • Common neonatal complications
  • • All chapters written by expert nurse clinicians and researchers to support positive perinatal outcomes
  • • Nursing staffing standards are included as they apply to each patient population
  • • Ideal for those seeking certification in obstetrics nursing (RNC-OB) and maternal newborn nursing (RN-MNN, RNC-LRN)
  • • Perfect on-the-job resource and review text for all perinatal nurses, maternal units, and students

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Specialty Score: 2.2 Nursing - Perinatal
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"The addition of this title to any perinatal/obstetric unit, nursing school, or private library will benefit students and professionals in perinatal nursing. Rooted in research and evidence-based practice, it provides authoritative guidance for knowledge of perinatal nursing and the basis of effective, safe nursing care. The fifth edition has been long-awaited and is an excellent resource for anyone interested in perinatology and evidence-based practice in nursing care of the perinatal patient."

-- Mary Smith, MSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, C-EFM, CCE (Rush University Medical Center) Doody's Review previous edition

"This is a comprehensive guide to perinatal nursing and the components needed to adequately care for women and childbearing families. The evidence-based approach it takes is imperative in modern books."

-- Michele Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, (George Mason University College of Health and Human Services) Doody's Review - previous edition


Written for both nursing students and experienced nurses in the field of perinatology. It is a comprehensive guide to normal pregnancy physiology as well as pathophysiology, pregnancy complications and management, labor management, postpartum care, and an additional four chapters on neonates and their care. For nursing students and new graduate nurses, the book provides the biological, biochemical, and physiologic bases of the science of perinatology. For experienced nurses, the book provides current evidence-based practice guidelines and recent research supporting the care of the perinatal patient.

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