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Preventing prematurity: Preconception, prenatal and postpartum nursing care (2017)

Caitlin O'Connor, MSN, RN, CPNP
Susan Gennaro, RN, PhD, FAAN

Provides an overview of nursing care for women of childbearing age from preconception to postpartum related to preventing preterm labor and birth. Describes areas for future research on this topic including physiologic and sociobehavioral mechanisms to prevent preterm labor and birth.

Keywords: preconception, prenatal, postpartum, prevention, prematurity

The authors gratefully acknowledge the work of Megan Marx for her assistance in preparing this article.

Thanks to a generous donation by

this continuing nursing education activity is free of charge!

1.6 contact hours are available for this activity through 1/30/20. Continuing nursing education (CNE) contact hours may be extended past this date following content review and/or update. There is no charge to access the content or to take the CNE test for contact hours.

Neither the authors nor any member of the planning committee for this activity has any financial, professional or personal relationships that could potentially bias the content.

March of Dimes Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by March of Dimes or the American Nurses Credentialing Center of any commercial products discussed in conjunction with this educational activity.

The March of Dimes does not endorse specific brands or products

Please direct any questions you may have to Mary Lavan, Associate Director, Nursing Education & Health Promotion, at mlavan@marchofdimes.org.

Requirements for successful completion of a CNE activity:

  1. Complete the entire activity.
  2. Pass the CNE test with a score of 70 percent or higher.
  3. Complete the evaluation form.

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