Be nice to me, I’m new here: Care uring the Transition to Extra-Uterine Life

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: no

This presentation is aimed at delivery room nursing care. The goal is to encourage nurses to explore what they do to newborns in the name of “safety” and asks them to reflect on how much of that practice is evidence based vs. tribal lore. It attempts to highlight the difference between NRP as it is written and how it is taught and practiced. It presents a brief review of the physiology of transition from 10 weeks gestation to the first days of extra uterine life. It goes on to explore the current state of the evidence regarding well newborn transition. Note: This presentation made its debut at the 2009 AWHONN national convention and has since been requested at several levels. it is not a breastfeeding presentation, but rather a presentation for Delivery room and Newborn Nursery Nurses.

Jarold (Tom) Johnston CNM, IBCLC

Country: United States of America
Phone number: 910-964-7679
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Labor and Delivery in my Pocket: “Fetal Death”

Tom contributed a small section on perinatal loss and bereavement care to the first and second edition of this handy little pocket guide for Labor and Delivery nurses.

New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study

Johnston, JT & Ericson-Owens, D. (2004) “New route of Danazol for Endometriosis needs more study” JNMWH 49(6) p. 546-8

In this article the authors discuss the use of a Danazol loaded IUD tested for the treatment of endometriosis.

On Bed Sharing [Letter]

On Bed Sharing [letter]  JOGNN 37(6), p. 619-21. Nov/Dec

In this letter to the editor the authors discuss a recent study regarding the hazards of bed sharing and attempt to counter arguments that American mothers continue to sleep with their babies despite knowing the risks.  The Authors took issue with the statistics used and the exaggerated risks portrayed in the original published article.

Dads in Breastfeeding (published in Breastfeeding in Combat Boots, 2010)

Published in Robyn Rouche-Paull’s groundbreaking book on Breastfeeding while serving in the US Military, this little piece lays out breastfeeding for new fathers using military friendly language that all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines can understand.  Perhaps the most popular section is the appropriation of the well known basic rifle marksmanship acronym SPORTS as a troubleshooting mantra to help fathers fix a bad latch.  Mrs. Rouche-Paull has kindly modified that section into a father friendly handout for public use.


Johnston, J.T. (2013) “Fatherhood”.  Breastfeeding Matters, La Leche League of the United Kingdom.

A brief article written by a father, for fathers in the UK.  This article discusses useful tips that fathers can use to help his wife and child breastfeed successfully.