1. Section Editor(s): Angelini, Diane J. EdD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN
  2. Perinatal Editor
  3. Gregory, Katherine PhD, RN, FAAN
  4. Neonatal Editor

Article Content

This is the last issue for me as Perinatal Editor. I hope the readership will peruse my Farewell to the Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing (JPNN) within this issue. It is a bittersweet time for me, and I look back with fondness and gratitude to the authors, board members, past editors, and family of JPNN. The Farewell opens up the Selected Topics Issue, and for the Perinatal section, there are 4 featured articles.


Elgersma and Sommerness preview "What Does It Mean to be Breastfed: A Concept Analysis in the Context of Healthcare Research, Clinical Practice, and Parent Perspective." Analysis of the literature resulted in a theoretical definition of breastfeeding. The authors recommend that healthcare providers and institutions adopt this definition, committing to both linguistic and conceptual distinctions between a breastfed infant and direct breastfeeding.


The Continuing Education article by Blair et al covers "Care Experiences of Persons With Perinatal Opioid Use: A Qualitative Study." This study design was used to examine experiences of 11 postpartum persons in medication-assisted treatment of opioid use disorder.


"A Nurse-Navigated Postpartum Support Text Messaging Intervention: Satisfaction Among Primiparous Women" is presented by Morris et al. The role of the postpartum nurse navigator (PPNN) was utilized to deliver a novel, text messaging intervention in a randomized controlled trial of 43 primiparous women who had an unplanned cesarean birth. Through daily, interactive text messaging, study participants were evaluated by the PPNN. Satisfaction with the intervention was evaluated using a survey of both quantitative and qualitative data elements.


Farrell and Lutgendorf discuss "Term Singleton Vertex Cesarean Birth Rates in the Military Health System" in the United States. This is a retrospective review of aggregated data previously reported by the National Perinatal Information Center. Data were analyzed over 9 years at 2-year intervals from 2011 through 2019. In addition, JPNN encourages the readership to peruse the expert column, legal issues and risk management, breastfeeding/nutrition, and parting thoughts.


In this final issue of the year, we highlight manuscripts from a diversity of selected topics for the neonatal section. This issue features manuscripts on transition to home, the influence of single-family rooms on parental outcomes in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), estimating insertion depth of peripherally inserted central catheters, the effect of interventions on self-efficacy in NICU mothers, and an introduction to neonatal electroencephalogram. This is truly a smorgasbord of important issues to neonatal nursing! Online, we are happy to feature additional content, including articles on neonatal transfusion practices, using social media to disseminate effective pain management treatments, and a review of outcomes of preterm infants born small for gestational age. We anticipate that all of this content will enrich the practice of our neonatal nursing readership.


We are grateful to Carole Kenner, who is now our neonatal expert columnist. In this issue, she and colleagues Joy Browne and Carol Jaeger submitted a column on individualized family-centered care, a critical aspect of neonatal nursing. As always, we thank all of our columnists and editorial board members for all that they do to make our journal publication a reality. We are always looking for colleagues to join our JPNN community-please reach out to us if you would like to be a reviewer, editorial board member, or submit a manuscript.


Thank you!


-Diane J. Angelini, EdD, CNM, FACNM, FAAN


Perinatal Editor


-Katherine Gregory, PhD, RN, FAAN


Neonatal Editor