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  • Susan Andrews CNM, MSN

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    • Susan Andrews is an assistant professor in the Maternal-Newborn Nursing/ Nurse-Midwifery department at the Yale University School of Nursing. She earned a B.A. in literature at Northwestern University in 1970, an M.A. in teaching at Johns Hopkins University in 1971, an A.D. in nursing at Lane Community College in 1978, and an M.S.N. at Yale University School of Nursing in 1983. She is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).

  • Adapted from a paper presented at the 1988 Annual ACNM Convention in Detroit, Michigan.

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Obtaining a complete sexual history from the nurse-midwifery client often provokes anxiety in the nurse-midwife as well as the client. This article presents a brief, concise method for obtaining all necessary data relating to the client's past and present sexual health. Also discussed are specific counseling skills that the CNM may incorporate into practice when sexual counseling is indicated. Finally, a case study illustrates the use of these skills.