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Every day neonates are transported from the birth hospital to a tertiary neonatal care center. Separation of mother and neonate in the hours immediately following birth interrupts the bonding process and can have long-term implications for the mother–child relationship. This article synthesizes the literature focused on mothers’ experiences with a neonate being transported to a tertiary NICU and identifies evidence-based practices specific to these situations.
Purpose: To quantify mothers’ concerns in anticipation of their infant’s discharge from the NICU
Design: An exploratory, cross-sectional survey design was used.
Sample: A convenience sample of 150 mothers
Main Outcome Variable: The focus was the mothers’ concerns about their infant’s impending discharge.
Results: The mothers expressed confidence in their ability as a caregiver but expressed concern about being tired, the need for readmission to the hospital, and missing a change in the infant’s conditions.
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is defined as glucose intolerance with onset during pregnancy. During pregnancy, women with GDM develop insulin resistance, which results in altered glucose tolerance. As a result, there are frequent episodes of hyperglycemia and high levels of circulating amino acids, increasing the transfer of nutrients to the fetus. This article discusses the role of the mother–baby nursing in the care of neonates born to women with gestational diabetes.
A research paradigm or research tradition is a set of practices and beliefs. Whether one approaches the study of a phenomenon of concern to nursing using an inductive or deductive approach is determined by the research paradigm guiding the design of the study. This column introduces and describes characteristics of research designs in both a qualitative and a quantitative research paradigm.