Nurses Are at Your Side By Rebecca Cypher, MSN, PNNP

The World Health Organization declared 2020 to be the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. Nurses across the globe play essential roles to keep people healthy, prevent disease, and involve entire communities to improve their health and wellbeing. In the United States, nurses are the largest group of maternity care professionals that help women during pregnancy, labor, birth and care for their newborns after birth. Some women receive care from midwives and nurse practitioners, but all women have nurses that will provide the highest levels of care as well as offer ongoing support and encouragement. During your pregnancy, nurses will be with you every step of the way, from the start of prenatal care through labor, birth, and postpartum. Nurses will be at your side, helping to care for your baby and will continue to guide you through your baby’s first pediatric visits. Health care doesn’t happen without nurses.

A Holistic Approach

Nurses bring a holistic approach to your care. We know that your physical and mental health is influenced by the food you eat, your physical activity and the social support you get from family and friends. The work you do, your personal responsibilities and the community you live in all play a role in the wellbeing of you and your baby. Getting to know you as an individual lets us understand what’s important to you during pregnancy, labor and postpartum, so that we can give you personalized attention and advice. We’ll do the same for your baby as they deserve the same level of individualized care.

Supporting Your Decisions

Nurses are committed to giving you the information you need and want to guide you through the many decisions ahead that you will be making in the future.  Whether you’re contemplating genetic screening tests, quitting smoking or where your baby should sleep we want you to confidently make decisions based on the latest guidelines and research so you can decide what’s right for you and your baby. Nurses, nurse practitioners and midwives plan and write the articles in Healthy Mom&Baby. We include the evidence for recommendations and the alternatives to consider. We work with pregnant individuals and their personal support team every day, so whether we’re talking to you in person or through the pages of Healthy Mom&Baby, our goal is to give you the information you can use to make choices or as part of the shared decision-making process that you use with your healthcare provider.

Find us anytime at Nurses are here to support you and your baby so you can make the most of pregnancy, birth and your little one’s first year.

SEE ALSO: Nurse’s Share Advice on Pregnancy & Birth with Moms During Covid-19

Rebecca Cypher, MSN, PNNP is the AWHONN 2020 President.

AWHONN’s mission is to improve and promote the health of women and babies.

Healthy Mom&Baby is powered by the nurses of AWHONN.

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The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) promotes the health of women and newborns.

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