Nursing 3060 Nursing of the Childbearing Family (Winter 2019)

This course focuses on theories, issues, and trends related to the care of the childbearing family. Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum are viewed as normal life processes with family members as partners in care. The roles of the nurse are considered in relation to family-centred care and primary health care with an emphasis on the determinants of health and premature, preventive, and curative services.

Course Instructor: 
List of Reserve Material: 


Jarvis physical examination and health assessment videos online

Week 1

Jimenez, V. et al. (2010). A mirage of change: Family-centered maternity care in practiceBirth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 37(2), 160-167.

Chalmers, B. et al. (2008). The Canadian maternity experiences surveyJournal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 30(3), 217-228. 

Hutton E. K. et al. (2016). Outcomes associated with planned place of birth among women with low-risk pregnanciesCMAJ, 188(5), E80-E90.

Week 2

Michels, K. (2003). Early life predictors of chronic diseaseJournal of Women’s Health, 12(2), 157-161. 

Paul, A. M. (2010). How the first nine months shape the rest of your lifeTime, Oct. 4, 50-55.

Raphael, D. (2010). The health of Canada’s children. Part 1: Canadian children’s health in comparative perspectivePaediatric Child Health, 15(1), 23-29.

Cesario, S. K. (2016). Sustainable development goals for monitoring action to improve global healthNursing for Women’s Health, 20(4), 427-431.

PEI RCP (2013) PEI Reproductive Care Program Database Report 2011

PHAC. (2008). Canadian perinatal health report  

Best Start: Prenatal Series

Thrower, A. C. et al. (2014). Maternal oral care: A health practitioner’s toolkitInternational Journal of Childbirth Education, 29(1), 52-56.

Jarvis on-line video- Head to Toe Exam of the Pregnant Woman (please ignore fetal heart rate range)


Week 3

DVD: Because Your Pregnant

Malnory, M. (1996). Developmental care of the pregnant coupleJOGNN, 25(6), 525-532.

Drake, P. (1996). Addressing developmental needs of pregnant adolescentsJOGNN, 25(6), 518-524.

Macintosh, J., & Callister, L. C. (2015). Discovering self: Childbearing adolescents’ maternal identityMCN,40(4), 243-248.

Alhusen, J. L. (2008). A literature update on maternal-fetal attachmentJOGNN, 37(3), 315-328.

Dean, R. A. K. (2010). Cultural competence: Nursing in a multicultural societyNursing for Women’s Health, 14(1), 50-60.

Lewallen, L. P., (2011). The importance of culture in childbearingJOGNN, 40, 4-8. 

Di Lallo, S. (2014). Prenatal care through the eyes of Canadian Aboriginal womenNursing for Women’s Health, 18(1), 38-46.


Week 4

DVD: Breastfeeding Best Practice

Radzyminski, S., & Callister, L. C. (2016). Mother’s beliefs, attitudes, and decision making related to infant feeding choicesThe Journal of Perinatal Education, 25(1), 18-28.

Datta, J. et al. (2012). The role of fathers in breastfeeding: Decision-making and supportBritish Journal of Midwifery, 20(3), 159-167.

Pentecost, R. et al. (2014). Adolescents’ needs for nurses’ support when initiating breastfeedingJournal of Human Lactation, 30(2), 224-228.

Cleveland, L. M. (2016). Breastfeeding recommendations for women who receive medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders: AWHONN practice brief number 4. (2016). JOGNN, 45(4), 432-433.

Toronto Public Health Modules:

Additional Resources:

UBC Breastfeeding Module:

You Won't Regret It:

Dr. Jack Newman:

Best Start: Breastfeeding


Week 5

Health Canada. High dose folic acid supplementation- Questions and answers for health professionals.

Best Start: Health Before Pregnancy

Wilhoit, L. et al. (2017). Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Characteristics, complications, and treatmentCommunity Mental Health Journal, 53(6), 711-718.

SOGC. (2010). Alcohol use and pregnancy consensus clinical guidelines. JOGC, 32(8), S1-S32.

Bryanton, J. et al. (2014). Incidence of prenatal alcohol exposure in Prince Edward Island: A population-based descriptive studyCanadian Medical Association Journal Open, 2(2), E121-E126.

Kocherlakota, P. (2014). Neonatal abstinence syndromePediatrics, 134(2), e547-e561.

SOGC. (2015). Adolescent pregnancy guidelines. JOGC, 37(8), 740-756.


Week 6

Health Canada. (2010). Prenatal nutrition guidelines for health professionals. Gestational weight gain. Retrieved from

Health Canada. Prenatal nutrition.  Retrieved from 

DVDs: High Touch Nursing Care During Labor

  • Volume 1: Admission Assessment
  • Volume 2: First Stage Labor Support
  • Volume 3: Second Stage Labor Support

Best Start: Labour Series


Week 9

Best Start: Pregnancy and Infant Loss

Säflund, K. et al. (2004). The role of caregivers after a stillbirth: Views and experiences of parents. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 31(2), 132-137.

Stott, S. (2014). Stillbirth: A reflective case study. British Journal of Midwifery, 22(6), 439-443.

DVD: Comfort Measures for Childbirth

Bryanton, J., Fraser-Davey, H., & Sullivan, P.  (1994).  Women's perceptions of nursing support during labour.  JOGNN, 23 (8), 638-643.

Nikula, P. et al. (2015). Mothers’ perceptions of labor supportMCN, 40(6), 373-380.

Adams, E., & Bianchi, A. (2008). A practical approach to labor supportJOGNN, 37(1), 106-115.

Sullivan, D. H., & McGuiness, C. (2015). Natural labor pain managementIJ Childbirth Education, 30(2), 20-25.

Green, J., & Hotelling, B. A. (2014). Healthy birth practice #3: Bring a loved one, friend, or doula for continuous supportThe Journal of Perinatal Education, 23(4), 194-197.


Week 10

Simkin, P.  (1991).  Just another day in a woman's life? Women's long term perceptions of their first birth experience.  Part 1.  Birth, 18 (4), 203-210.

Bryanton, J., Gagnon, A., Johnston, C., Hatem, M. (2008). Predictors of women’s perceptions of the childbirth experienceJournal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 37, 24-34. 

Beck, C. T. (2004).Birth trauma: In the eye of the beholderNursing Research, 53(1), 28-35.

Beck, C. T., & Gable, R. K. (2012). A mixed methods study of secondary traumatic stress in labor and delivery nursesJOGNN, 41(6), 747-759.

Brown, A. M. (2012). Fathers’ experiences accompanying labor and birthBritish Journal of Midwifery, 20(5), 339-344.

Grassley, J. S., & Sauls, D. J. (2012). Evaluation of the Supportive Needs of Adolescents during Childbirth intrapartum nursing intervention on adolescents’ childbirth satisfaction and breastfeeding ratesJOGNN, 41(1), 33-44.

DVD: News about Newborns

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2006). The APGAR score. Advances in Neonatal Care, 6(4), 220-223.

Best Start: Newborn Care & Newborn Safety

DVD: Kangaroo Mother Care

Gao, H. et al. (2015). Effect of repeated Kangaroo Mother Care on repeated procedural pain in preterm infants: A randomized controlled trialInternational Journal of Nursing Studies, 52(7), 1157-1165.

Bryanton, J., Walsh, D., Barrett, M., & Gaudet, D. (2004). Tub bathing versus traditional sponge bathing for newborns. JOGNN, 33(6), 704-712.

Patel, H. & Feldman, M. (2011). Universal newborn hearing screeningPaediatric Child Health, 16(5), 301-305.

Moore, D.L., & MacDonald, N.E. (2015). Preventing ophthalmia neonatorumPaediatric Child Health, 20(2) 93-96.

Sorokon, S.T., et al. (2015). Newborn male circumcisionPaediatric Child Health, 20(6), 311-315.

The Power of a Parent’s Touch.

Anne Bigelow's Skin-to-Skin Research and DVD's:

DVD: SIDS Reducing the Risks

Hoogsteen, L. (2010). Safe infant sleeping: What is the ideal sleeping environment? Nursing for Women’s Health, 14(2), 120-129.

RNAO. (2014). Working with families to promote safe sleeping environments for infants 0-12 months of age. Retrieved from

Rethinking SIDS Interview:


Week 11

Broussard, A., & Broussard, B. S. (2010). Teaching pregnant teensNursing for Women’s Health, 14(2), 104-111.

Maycock, B. et al. (2013). Education and support for fathers improves breastfeeding rates: A randomized controlled trialJournal of Human Lactation, 29(4), 484-490.

DVD: Physical Assessment of Newborn OR Jarvis on-line video- Head to Toe Exam of the Neonate (Ignore values of vitals, soother,& ring & Moro reflex is incorrect)

Askin, D. (2007). Physical assessment of the newborn. Part 1 of 2: Preparation through auscultation. Nursing for Women's Health, 11(3), 292-301.

Askin, D. (2007). Physical assessment of the newborn. Part 2 of 2: Inspection through palpation. Nursing for Women's Health, 11(3), 304-313.

Barlow & Ortolani Signs

Newborn Assessment Pictures/Sounds:


Week 12

DVD: Gestational Age Assessment 

Dodd, V. (1996). Gestational age assessmentNeonatal Network, 6(1), 27-35. 

Newborn Screening Guidelines: (pdf in Moodle)

CD: Nursing Assessment of the Postpartum Patient (Must be viewed on a Dell computer) OR

Mulherin, K., & Johnstone, M. (2015). Qualitative accounts of teenage and emerging adult women adjusting to motherhoodJournal of Infant & Reproductive Psychology, 33(4), 388-401.

Best Start: Recovery After Birth


Week 13

DVD: Postpartum: From Pregnant to Parent

Mercer, R. (2006). Nursing support of the process of becoming a motherJOGNN, 35(5), 649-651.

Chin, R. et al. (2011). Fathers’ experiences of their transition to fatherhood: A metasynthesisJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 29(1), 4-18.

Bryanton, J. et al. (2008). Predictors of early parenting self-efficacy: Results of a prospective cohort study. Nursing Research, 57(4), 252-259.

Clinton, J. et al. (2016). The importance of infant mental healthPaediatric Child Health, 23(5), 239-241.

Best Start: Transition to Parenthood

DVD: More Than Baby Blues: Unmasking Postpartum Blues

Parfitt, Y., & Ayers, S. (2014). Transition to parenthood and mental health in first-time parentsInfant Mental Health Journal, 35(3), 263-273.

De Vito, J. (2010). How adolescent mothers feel about becoming a parentThe Journal of Perinatal Education, 19(2), 25-34.

Bishop, G., & Ault, C. (2011). Helping new moms & dads build happy familiesInternational Journal of Childbirth Education, 26(2), 10-11, 18.


Tutorial/Seminar Schedule

Daoud, N. et al. (2012). Prevalence of abuse and violence before, during, and after pregnancy in a national sample of Canadian womenAmerican Journal of Public Health, 102(10), 1893-1901.

Kendall-Tackett, K. (2007). Violence against women and the perinatal period: The impact of lifetime violence and abuse on pregnancy, postpartum, and breastfeedingTrauma, Violence, & Abuse, 8(3), 344-353.

Midmer, D. et al. (2004). Assessing antenatal psychosocial health: RCT of two versions of the ALPHA formCanadian Family Physician, 50, 80-87. 

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