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AWHONN Partners with the Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care

Rates of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality in the United States are increasing and are now at levels at least twice as those seen in Western Europe. The most common preventable conditions resulting in severe maternal morbidity or mortality are obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension, and venous thromboembolism. To address these growing concerns, AWHONN is working independently and in collaboration with the multi-stakeholder Council on Patient Safety in Women's Health Care. The aims of the Council are to promote safe care for every woman, reduce harm associated with severe maternal morbidity, and ultimately, reduce maternal mortality. AWHONN supported the formation of the Council to help consolidate, harmonize, and develop tools and resources that clinicians and administrators can easily and effectively put to use within their own communities.

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AWHONN's "Go The Full 40" Leads the Way 

A recent news feature on ABC World News highlighted the overuse of cesareans in the United States. A newly released recommendation encourages OB providers to allow women to push for at least two hours before considering cesarean surgery. AWHONN applauds efforts to reduce primary cesareans, but knows that pushing longer is not the only way! AWHONN's Go the Full 40 campaign and the advice nurses have been giving to women is more relevant than ever.

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Winners of the Instructor Recognition Award 

AWHONN Fetal Heart Monitoring (FHM) Instructors truly make a difference in helping AWHONN's FHM Program stand above the rest.  So, AWHONN wants to recognize a few instructors who have made significant contributions to the FHM program by awarding them with the Instructor Recognition Award.  Congratulations to Lori Irwin, RN, MSN, BSN,CNS, Oregon; Tesa Ivey, MSN, APRN, Arkansas; Kerri Kuntz, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Missouri; Jonna (Joey) Lenaburg, BSN,RNC-OB, Montana; Christina (Chris) Rust, MSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, Kentucky; Shirley Scott, MS,RNC-OB,C-EFM, APN, Illinois; and Francilla Thomas, MSN RNC-OB, APN, New Jersey.

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Evidence-Based Practice by Nurses for Nurses 

Keeping women healthy during pregnancy and childbirth is critical not only to the health of the baby but also for the woman's lifelong health. Complications sustained during childbirth, including complications of cesarean birth, can negatively impact a woman's mental and physical health in the immediate postpartum period and in the long-term. Her newborn can be affected as complications can negatively affect breastfeeding, a woman's energy and her adjustment to parenting. A focus area of heightened attention in maternity care has been elective, or non-medically indicated, induction of labor because evidence shows this practice results in higher rates of cesarean for women who have induction of labor with their first pregnancy and/or with an unripe cervix.

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Live Webinar:  Complex Case Study - Fetal Heart Monitoring
Date: May 15, 2014
Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM ET
Speaker: Susan Drummond, RN MSN C-EFM
CNE: 1.25 Contact Hours

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