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Tailoring peripartum nursing care for women of advanced maternal age.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17973707     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Births to women of advanced maternal age have increased dramatically over the last decade in both the United States. The majority of women who deliver their first baby after age 35 are healthy and experience positive birth outcomes. According to current research, primigravidas over 35 tend to be educated consumers. Their physical and psychosocial needs differ from those of the mother in her 20s, due to advanced age and factors related to difficulty conceiving and life circumstances. This paper presents (a) an overview of the possible risks to outcomes of childbearing for women over the age of 35; (b) a discussion of how women of advanced maternal age may differ from younger women related to developmental stage, stress or anxiety or both, decision making, and support systems; and (c) an exploration of tailoring nursing care strategies during the peripartum period specifically for this age cohort.
Patricia Dunphy Suplee; Katy Dawley; Joan Rosen Bloch
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN / NAACOG     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0884-2175     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-01     Completed Date:  2008-01-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8503123     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  616-23     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Nursing, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Decision Making
Evidence-Based Medicine
Maternal Age*
Maternal-Child Nursing / organization & administration*
Middle Aged
Mothers / education,  psychology
Needs Assessment
Nurse's Role / psychology
Nursing Assessment
Patient Care Planning / organization & administration*
Patient Participation
Postnatal Care / organization & administration*,  psychology
Pregnancy Outcome
Puerperal Disorders / prevention & control,  psychology
Stress, Psychological / prevention & control,  psychology
United States

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