Reproductive And Maternal Health Epidemiology

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Epidemiology for the Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach


Reproductive health includes the ability to regulate and control fertility, safe birthing processes, safe parenting, infant and child health survival, growth and development, and safety from sexually transmitted infections. Reproductive epidemiology includes reproductive health surveillance. Reproductive health surveillance is a component of public health surveillance systems that permit the identification, notification, quantification, and determination of events of reproductive health during a specific period of time in a specific geographical location. Reproductive health surveillance provides the data for reproductive epidemiology, which is the determination of the distribution and determinants of reproductive health. Nurses who specialize in reproductive health are known as reproductive nurses or fertility nurses. Reproductive health nurses provide care to individuals, couples, and families. These reproductive health nurses engage in conducting assessments that may involve genetic testing or fertility testing, fertility counseling, patient education about reproductive health, fertilization and embryonic development, and the course of pregnancy.

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Epidemiology For The Advanced Practice Nurse: A Population Health Approach