parent teaching project:

There are two articles there/template

Teach a parent about:

warning signs of maternal mortality and morbidity

Women and Newborn Health Nursing

Parent Newborn Teaching Plan Assignment

Purpose: To demonstrate effective teaching/learning skills for the childbearing family. Topics: Choose a topic to teach: Newborn Feeding (breastmilk or formula), Infant Safety, Newborn Care (bathing, circumcision care) Car Seat Safety, or another newborn care topic of your choosing (do not select Safe Sleep Practices/SIDs as this topic is included in another clinical activity…additional topics may be chosen with instructor approval).

Instructions: ~Research your chosen topic, using websites, textbooks, patient teaching materials from clinical setting, observation in clinical setting etc. ~Create a teaching plan on your chosen topic using patient information handouts from the facility or create a brochure with information on your topic.

~ Find two articles from a nursing or allied health journal that relates to patient education or the topic you have chosen for your teaching plan. Include the citation with any other resources you used.

~Instructor may choose one of the following options:

1.) The student may role-play the teaching session, using a student chosen by the instructor as the “parent” and the rest of the clinical group observing. 

2.) Choose one of the student’s assigned patients and deliver the teaching session. The student should invite the instructor or another student to sit in on the session.

Teaching Plan Guide:

Teaching Goals

What are the priorities? (“By the end of the teaching session, the patient will…”)

Content Outline

What will you teach? Use bullet points to organize topical information.


How will you teach the content? What modalities will you use?


Why have you chosen the teaching modalities?

Evaluation of Learning

How will you determine if the teaching/learning goals were met?


aternal mortality in the United
States is on the rise. The average
maternal mortality rate rose from
14.5 to 16 deaths per 100,000

live births when comparing rates from 1998–
2005 to 2006–2010 (Berg, Callaghan, Syver-
son, & Henderson, 2010; Creanga et al., 2015)
and rose to a high of 17.8 deaths per 100,000
live births in 2011 (Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, 2017). The most recently avail-
able data report a maternal mortality rate of
17 deaths per 100,000 live births in the United
States in 2013 (Creanga, Syverson, Seed, & Cal-
laghan, 2017). Non- Hispanic Black women die

Do New Mothers Understand
the Risk Factors for
Maternal Mortality?

M. Cynthia Logsdon, PhD, WHNP-BC, FAAN,
Deborah Winders Davis, PhD, John A. Myers,
PhD, MPH, Katlin M. Masterson, Jeffrey A.
Rushton, MBA, and Adrian P. Lauf, PhD

July/August 2018 MCN 201

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to describe new mothers’ knowledge
related to maternal mortality.
Study Design and Methods: Using a cross-sectional design, new mothers were
recruited from a postpartum unit of an academic health sciences center where the
population was predominately low-income women. Before hospital discharge, they
answered questions on their knowledge of potential postpartum complications that
could lead to maternal mortality. Questions were based on recommendations from
an expert nursing panel. Descriptive statistics were used for data analysis.
Results: One hundred twenty new mothers participated. Results indicated that
most new mothers knew that they should watch for heavy bleeding, a severe
headache, and swelling after hospital discharge. However, fewer participants knew
that a new mother could experience feelings that she could harm herself or her
baby, have blood clots larger than a baby’s hand, a temperature of 100.4 °F or
higher, and odor with vaginal discharge. Courses of action new mothers would
take if experiencing any of the warning signs included 18% of mothers would take
no action, 76.7% would tell their boyfriend/husband/partner, 72.5% would inform
their mother. Only 60% who would call the labor and delivery unit. Only 38% of
the sample knew that pregnancy-related complications can occur for up to 1 year
after birth, and 13% of mothers reported not knowing that complications can
occur for up to 6 weeks postpartum.
Clinical Implications: Our fi ndings provide a foundation to enhance postpartum
education for new mothers and their families and to potentially decrease rates of
maternal mortality in the United States.
Key words: Knowledge; Mortality; Mother; Postpartum; Teaching.










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Maternal mortality or pregnancy-related death is the death of a woman from compli-

cations of pregnancy and childbirth occurring up to 1 year postpartum. In a report

using data from 2010, the United States ranked 49th out of 184 countries for mater-

nal mortality (Central Intelligence Agency, 2016); it is one of eight countries where

maternal mortality rates have been on the rise in recent years (Hogan et aI., 2010;
Kassebaum et aI., 2014).

Abstract: Maternal morbidity and mortality rates remain high in the United States compared with other developed countries. Of par-
ticular concern is the rise in postpartum deaths, because many of the risk factors for complications associated with maternal morbidity
and mortality may not be clearly identified before a woman’s discharge after birth. Although nurses provide some form of postpartum
discharge education to all women who give birth, the information women receive on common potential complications is nat always
consistent or evidence based. By improving postpartum education, nurses may be better poised to teach women how to recognize and
respond to warning signs. This article describes a project intended to increase women’s access to predischarge education about the risks
for postbirth complications. 10.1016/j.nwh.20 16.10.009

Keywords: maternal morbidity I maternal mortality I postpartum complications I postpartum education I pregnancy-related death

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Although the most current u.s. pregnancy-related mortal-
ity rate shows a slight decrease in maternal deaths, from

17.8 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2011 to 15.9 deaths per

100,000 live births in 2012 (Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention [CDC], 2016), this rate is more than double the

1987 rate of 7.2 deaths per 100,000 births. However, research-

ers working to better understand the measurement limitati