Susan S. Hally received her master of science degree in nurse-midwifery from Columbia University in 1982 and her master of science degree in human nutrition from the University of New Haven in 1996. She currently is in clinical practice at the Women's Center of Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Connecticut. Prior to this she practiced full-scope midwifery at Community Health Care Plan, Inc. in New Haven for over 13 years. She serves as a member of the Courtesy Faculty of the Yale University School of Nursing.
NUTRITION IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
1998 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 43, Issue 6, pages 459–470, November-December 1998
How to Cite
Hally, S. S. (1998), NUTRITION IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 43: 459–470. doi: 10.1016/S0091-2182(98)00056-1
CNMs/CMs and midwives as used herein refer to those midwifery practitioners who are certified by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) or the ACNM Certification Council, Inc.; midwifery refers to the profession as practiced in accordance with the standards promulgated by the ACNM.
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
This article reviews nutrition-related issues affecting women and their reproductive health. Health care providers must be able to perform a basic nutritional assessment to identify risk factors and develop a plan of care to reduce those risk factors and improve health. Guidelines are provided to assist in performing a nutritional status assessment. Nutritional assessment of women of reproductive age should identify factors that may affect fertility, periconceptional health, and pregnancy outcome. Recommendations are provided to assist the health care provider in counseling women regarding the relationship of food choices and exercise to health, fitness, and optimal bodily function. Controversies surrounding the effect of micro-nutrient deficits and excesses on reproduction and correction for these imbalances are discussed. Women should be encouraged to initiate dietary and other lifestyle changes to allow for optimal reproductive outcomes.