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Prepare for your role as a maternity and child health care nurse with this updated Seventh Edition of Adele Pillitteri's highly respected text! Presenting maternal-newborn and child health care not as two separate disciplines, but as a continuum of knowledge, the book presents the experience of wellness and illness as family-centered events and pregnancy and childbirth as periods of wellness in a woman's life. Using a nursing process framework, the book's clear, easy-to-understand presentation and wide range of built-in learning aids is designed throughout to help you master important concepts and skills. You can develop critical thinking skills and make the leap from theory to practice through threaded Case Studies that follow a community of maternity and pediatric clients through each chapter. You can build skills in nursing care planning with easy-to-understand, integrated coverage in the text, enhanced by an online Care Plan maker. You can prepare for your role as a coordinator of care through Interprofessional Care Maps that demonstrate the nursing process. You can learn to conduct accurate client assessments with Nursing Care Planning Using Assessment Boxes that give you specific "how to" tips. You can broaden your knowledge of correct administration, potential complications, indications, and contraindications of drugs through Nursing Care Planning Based on Respect for Pharmacology boxes that ensure accuracy when administering drugs. You can learn to anticipate and manage various clinical challenges with confidence through open-ended "What If?" questions. Prepare for sound practice with the step-by-step guidance provided in Nursing Care Planning Using Procedures Boxes. You can build your skills in culturally sensitive practice with Nursing Care Planning Based on Effective Communication and Nursing Care Planning to Respect Cultural Diversity Boxes that promote effective, culturally sensitive communication with diverse clients. You can get involved in key concepts through Critical Thinking questions that promote problem-solving and discussion. You can assess your progress as you study using Checkpoint questions interspersed in each chapter. You can see how research informs the most current practices with Evidence-Based Practice Check Points that summarize research on topics related to maternal and child health care and connect it to the chapter case study. You can understand the importance of the nurse's role in accomplishing the health care goals of our nation through Nursing Care Planning Based on 2020 National Health Goals features.