What a Labor Nurse Can Handle That You Can’t

by, Shelly Lopez Gray, MSN, RNC, IBCLC

  1. No one wants you to have the birth you want more than we do. Except maybe you, of course… We want to support you to stay healthy and have a healthy baby. If you end up with an unexpected birth experience, we mourn the loss of the idealized birth with you, and are here to help the experience you have be the best possible.

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Our Nurse Heroines

March is Women’s History month where we pay tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

Here at AWHONN we honor five nurses who contribution to women and newborn’s health has improved outcomes and saved lives through countless generations. Continue reading

Why I Give: To Honor My Nurse

by, Summer Hunt

IMG_1271“I had a textbook pregnancy,” Pam Spears remembers. She didn’t have a lot of problems with morning sickness, and she even went the Full 40 and then some (her daughter came along 15 days after her due date). “I’d been experiencing contractions for four days when we finally checked into the hospital,” she says. After a few days of little progress and even less sleep, Pam’s husband, John, was grateful when she sent him home to rest a bit. “It’ll be hours before the baby comes,” she’d told him. But waiting in a darkened hospital room at the end of the hall, things started to veer off course from Pam’s uneventful pregnancy. Continue reading

Top 10 Posts of 2015

When we launched AWHONN Connections in May of this year, we could not have imagined the response that we would have received from our members, nurses, parents and members of the media.

In less than a year our blog has received over 232,000 visits, from 167 countries and had 4 blogs republished on the Huffington Post! As the year comes to a close we want to say a HUGE Thank You to our readers and our bloggers.

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Nurses and Midwives: Combining Forces to Keep Women Healthy

by, Tina Johnson, CNM, MS

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The US is strapped with increasing maternal morbidity and mortality, widening racial and ethnic disparities, and skyrocketing health care expenditures. The maternity workforce is suffering from worsening shortages. National leaders in women’s health are coming together to create and implement models for optimizing quality, safety, education and policy. Continue reading

The Things You Do Make A Difference

Traciby, Traci Turchin

“But we had this for dinner LAST night” the five year old says.  My joke with the nine year old falls flat because he’s too busy sighing over his lack of clean socks.  “That’s IT!” I tell my husband with a wink, “I’m running away from home and going to work where I’m appreciated!”

I’m one of the luckiest nursing students in the world.  By day I drown in books and deadlines and elementary school paperwork and laundry, but by night I work as a CNA at the birth center of my local hospital.  I know, while the little efforts at home might go unnoticed, no small kindness is missed by our patients. 

We tuck those small kindnesses into our hearts and carry them around, forever grateful. Continue reading

Welcome to AWHONN Connections

Who are we?

We are registered nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, researchers, and clinical nurse specialists who work in hospitals, outpatient settings, universities and community clinics.

We are just starting out, mid-career or executive leaders who all share a passion for healthy women and healthy babies.

We are parents whose lives have been touched by nurses.

We all have a story to tell. And we will be telling them once a week at AWHONN Connections. Continue reading