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Access to Health Care

Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Obstetric Settings

Breast Cancer Screening


Confidentiality in Adolescent Health Care

Continuous Labor Support for Every Woman

Elective Induction of Labor 

Emergency Contraception

Fetal Heart Monitoring 

Gender Bias in Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing

Health Care Decision Making for Reproductive Care

Health Information Technology for the Perinatal Setting

Human Trafficking

Infertility Treatment as a Covered Health Insurance Benefit (Under Revision)

Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives

Intimate Partner Violence

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy


Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Pregnant and Postpartum Women

Newborn Screening 

Nursing Education

Nursing Care of Incarcerated Women During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period

Optimizing Outcomes for Women with Substance Use Disorders in Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period (NEW)

Rights and Responsibilities of Nurses Related to Reproductive Health Care

Role of the Registered Nurse in the Care of the Pregnant Woman Receiving Analgesia/Anesthesia by Catheter Techniques (Under Revision)

Smoking and Women's Health

The Role of Unlicensed Assistive Personnel (Nursing Assistive Personnel) in the Nursing Care for Women and Newborns

The Use of Chaperones during Sensitive Examinations and Treatments

Women's Cardiovascular Health



Quantification of Blood Loss: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 1

Guidelines for Oxytocin Administration after Birth: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 2

Breastfeeding Recommendations for Women Who Receive Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 4

Immediate and Sustained Skin-to-Skin Contact for the Healthy Term Newborn After Birth: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 5

Use of Nitrous Oxide in Maternity Care: AWHONN Practice Brief Number 6




Quality Patient Care in Labor and Delivery: A Call to Action

Transforming Communication and Safety Culture in Intrapartum Care: A Multi-Organization Blueprint




Standardized Severe Maternal Morbidity Review: Rationale and Process

The Maternal Early Warning Criteria: A Proposal from the National Partnership for Maternal Safety
National Partnership for Maternal Safety: Consensus Bundle on Obstetric Hemorrhage
National Partnership for Maternal Safety: Consensus Bundle on Venous Thromboembolism
Consensus Bundle on Prevention of Surgical Site Infections After Major Gynecologic Surgery
Consensus Bundle on Maternal Mental Health: Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
Consensus Bundle on Severe Hypertension During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
National Partnership for Maternal Safety: Consensus Bundle on Safe Reduction of Primary Cesarean Births—Supporting Intended Vaginal Births 
Reduction of Peripartum Racial and Ethnic Disparities: A Conceptual Framework and Maternal Safety Consensus Bundle


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Clinical questions, contact Practice Reference


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