Nursing 3060 Nursing of the Childbearing Family (Winter 2020)

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

*Public Health Agency of Canada. (2017). Family-centred maternity and newborn care: National guidelines. Ottawa, ON: Author. (Chapter 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  

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

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

PEIRCP (2018). What should I know before I get pregnant to ensure a healthy pregnancy for me and my baby?

RNAO has some excellent clinical practice guidelines that may be helpful (e.g., breastfeeding, postpartum depression, woman abuse, & infant safe sleep)

Best Start: Prenatal Series


Week 3


Thompson, G. (2016). Meeting the needs of adolescent parents and their children. Canadian Pediatric Society Practice Point

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.

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

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. 


Week 4

BCC. (2017). The BFI 10 steps & WHO Code outcome indicators for hospitals and community health services: Summary. (Bring to class).

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2017). Breastfeeding. Family-centred maternity and newborn care: National guidelines. Ottawa, ON: Author.

Protecting, Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding: Canadian Recommendation and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Factsheet

Breastfeeding in Canada Infographic

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:


Week 5

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

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

Health Canada. Prenatal nutrition guidelines for health professionals. Gestational weight gain.

Health Canada. Prenatal nutrition.  Retrieved from


Week 6

Health PEI Clinical Practice Guidelines for Prenatal Laboratory Screening and Testing

Health PEI At-a-Glance: Guidelines for Prenatal Laboratory Screening and Testing


Week 8

Daoud, N. et al. (2012). Prevalence of abuse and violence before, during, and after pregnancy in a national sample of Canadian women. American 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 breastfeeding. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 8(3), 344-353.

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

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2017). Preconception Care. Family-centred maternity and newborn care: National guidelines. Ottawa, ON: Author.

Optimizing Preconception Health Fact Sheet

Preconception Health Infographic

Health Canada. A sensible guide to a healthy pregnancy. Ottawa, ON: Author.

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

Best Start Resource Centre. (2013). Obesity in preconception and pregnancy. Toronto, ON: Author.

Best Start: Health Before Pregnancy


Week 9

Best Start Pregnancy 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: High Touch Nursing Care During Labour

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

Best Start: Labour Series:


Week 10

DVD: Comfort Measures for Childbirth

Public Health Agency of Canada. (2017). Care during labour and birth. Family-centred maternity and newborn care: National guidelines. Ottawa, ON: Author.

Family-centred labour and birth summary

Labour and Birth in Canada Infographic

Bryanton, J. et al.  (1994). Women's perceptions of nursing support during labourJOGNN, 23 (8), 638-643.

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

Sullivan, D. H., & McGuiness, C. (2015). Natural labor pain management. IJ 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 support. The Journal of Perinatal Education, 23(4), 194-197./sites/

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: 

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:

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

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

DVD: Gestational Age Assessment

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

Maritime Newborn Screening Program Information for Health Professionals

Newborn Screening Pamphlet from Maritime Newborn Screening Program

Newborn Blood Collection PEI


Week 12

Video: Postpartum maternal assessment

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

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


Week 13

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

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

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  • Vida Health Communications.
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  • Lauwers, Judith,1949-
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  • McElaney, Lisa A.
  • Humenuk, Allison.
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