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Nursing care for pregnant women and children is a family-centered process, andMaternal and Child Nursing Care, 3e,is a text that addresses the needs of families across the continuum, from conception through adolescence. The themes that shape this book nursing care in the community, client education, critical thinking, and evidence-based practice in nursingwill prepare students for the responsibility of managing care for families with diverse healthcare needs, and to work collaboratively with families and other health professionals to enhance care. Assessmentis an essential and core role in the nursing process. Several chapters are dedicated to helping the student perform an assessment at each stage along the pregnancy continuum, initially of the fetus and newborn, and later through the stages of childhood. In addition, many of the pediatric chapters also provide body system assessment guidelines. Communicationis one of the most important skills that students need to learn. Effective communication is the very fiber of nursing practice. This book integrates communication skills in an applied manner that will bring the greatest benefit to students. It is an essential focus of theNursing ProcessandTeaching Highlightsboxes, detailed below. Ensuring appropriate nutritionduring pregnancy, infancy, and childhood is essential to promote growth, development, and health. A growing national focus on healthy nutrition patterns underscores the importance of this information. Chapters 12, 30, and 34 address nutrition for pregnant women, newborns, and children. Painis now considered the fifth vital sign, and pain management is a priority in healthcare settings. All of the chapters in Unit 4,Birth and the Family,address pain assessment and management, and it is the primary focus in Chapter 20, ldquo;Pharmacologic Pain Management.rdquo; Pain assessment and management are also a focus in six chapters (23, 24, 26, 28, 31 and 32) of Unit 5,The Postpartum Family and the Newborn. In Unit 6, Chapter 41 addresses pain assessment and management in the nursing care plan, and it is the primary subject in Chapter 42, ldquo;Pain Assessment and Management in Children.rdquo; Applicable pain management is discussed when appropriate in other chapters, including each of the chapters in Unit 7,Caring for Children with Alterations in Health Status. End-of-life carehas gained greater national prominence. Expanded focus on the care of the family and the child who is dying has been added to Chapter 43, ldquo;The Child with a Life-Threatening Condition and End-of-Life Care.rdquo; Grief and loss associated with miscarriage are addressed in Chapter 16, ldquo;Pregnancy at Risk: Gestational Problems.rdquo; Care of the family experiencing perinatal loss is presented in Chapter 22, ldquo;Childbirth at Risk: Labor-Related Complications.rdquo;