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AWHONN is known as the standard bearer in evidence-based best practices and education.  Our team of nurse educators has produced a variety evidence-based guidelines for clinicians to use.  AWHONN's evidence-based guidelines make a great addition to your clinical library and are essential to nurse educators.


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 Perioperative Care of the Pregnant Woman EBG


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Perioperative Care of the Pregnant Woman, 2nd Edition

This guideline provides recommendations for the care of pregnant women undergoing surgical procedures. The evidence-based approach includes a review of safety measures when caring for pregnant women needing surgery during pregnancy as well as specific sections focusing on preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative recommendations for surgical birth.


Assessment & Care of the Late Preterm Infant 

Assessment & Care of the Late Preterm Infant 2nd Edition

This guideline enhances knowledge of the risks of late preterm birth and the unique needs of the late preterm neonate in order to facilitate timely assessment and intervention. The clinical practice recommendations supported by rationale statements are derived from the latest scientific evidence.

 Breastfeeding Support EBG

Breastfeeding Support

This guideline provides the comprehensive evidence-based information and recommendations needed to support and guide women from preconception care and counseling through the baby's first year of life. Research-based information addresses unique developmental and sociocultural factors that influence a woman's decision to breastfeed; and includes comprehensive information about global and national breastfeeding promotion efforts.

 Nursing Care and Management of the Second Stage of Labor EBG

Nursing Care and Management of the Second Stage of Labor, 3rd Edition

This guideline provides updated and detailed practice recommendations for assisting women through the second stage of labor based on the best available evidence. It emphasizes the value of  non-directed, open glottis pushing and upright positioning as essential nursing practice interventions that support the normal physiologic process of labor.
 Neonatal Skin Care Guide EBG

Neonatal Skin Care EBG 4th Edition    

This revised guideline is targeted to obstetric, postpartum, and neonatal nurses, and other healthcare providers caring for newborns in various settings. New recommendations based on current research focus on appropriate skin care practices for term and preterm newborns. Expanded topics include bathing, atopic dermatitis and emollients, management of diaper dermatitis, intravenous extravasation, parent education, and product selection considerations. There are also many new appendices with images of skin injury and tables for identification and treatment of neonatal wounds.
 Nursing Care of the Woman Receiving Regional Analgesia/Anesthesia EBG

Nursing Care of the Woman Receiving Regional Analgesia/Anesthesia

This guideline provides evidence-based clinical practice recommendations for nursing assessment and monitoring of women undergoing neuraxial, or regional analgesia and anesthesia during labor that will help nurses provide the best possible patient care. Guidelines for assessment of the woman's readiness for labor analgesia are resented with referenced rationales.
 Nursing Care of the Woman with Diabetes in Pregnancy

Nursing Care of the Woman with Diabetes in Pregnancy   

AWHONN’s first evidence-based clinical practice guideline addressing diabetes, provides comprehensive recommendations for nurses who care for women with diabetes-- types 1 or 2 and gestational diabetes (A1 or A2)--during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, and their babies. Included are recommendations for blood glucose targets and monitoring in pregnancy, intravenous insulin administration during labor, and neonatal hypoglycemia and feeding guidelines.



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