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1 Resolution 60

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3 TITLE: INCREASED AWARENESS AND EDUCATION ABOUT PRENATAL CARE IN THE
4 UNITED STATES
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6 SUBMITTED BY: Mississippi Association of Student Nurses
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8 AUTHORS: Anna Caroline Simpson
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10 WHEREAS, according to the Guttmacher Institute, newborns are 40% more likely to die

11 within 28 days of delivery if their mothers have not received prenatal care; and

12 WHEREAS, prenatal visits to a health care provider usually include a physical exam, weight

13 checks, and providing a urine sample. Depending on the stage of the pregnancy,

14 health care providers may also do blood tests and imaging tests, such as

15 ultrasound exams. These visits also include discussions about the mother's

16 health, the fetus's health, and any questions about the pregnancy; and

17 WHEREAS, an accurate due date allows the health care provider to monitor the baby's

18 growth and the progress of the pregnancy, as well as schedule certain tests or

19 procedures at the most appropriate time; and

20 WHEREAS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to one-half of

21 pregnancy-related deaths can be prevented. In order to have the best possible

22 outcome for the mother and child, early prenatal care is essential; and

23 WHEREAS, among pregnant women in the U.S., 5-8% develop preeclampsia. It is estimated

24 that 15% of those women will develop evidence of Hemolysis, Elevated Liver

25 Enzymes, and Low Platelet Count (HELLP) syndrome. This means as many as

26 48,000 women per year will develop HELLP syndrome in the U.S.; and

27 WHEREAS, hospital practices may also play an important role in breastfeeding education

28 and should be synergistic with prenatal education; therefore be it

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1 RESOLVED, that the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) encourage its constituents

2 to increase their knowledge of the importance of prenatal care; and be it further

3 RESOLVED, that the NSNA publish an article on this topic in Imprint, if feasible; and be it

4 further

5 RESOLVED, that the NSNA send a copy of this resolution to the American Nurses

6 Association, National League for Nursing, Organization for Associate Degree

7 Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Association of Women's

8 Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, American Pregnancy Association, and

9 all others deemed appropriate by the NSNA Board of Directors.

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