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Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

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The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization. The stated purpose of AWHONN is to promote the health of women and newborns.[1]

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
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MottoPromoting the health of women and newborns
Formation1969 (1969)
TypeProfessional organization
Headquarters1800 M Street, Suite 740S Washington, DC 20036
Region served
US and Canada
Obstetric nurses, neonatal nurses, women's health nurses
Jennifer L. Doyle, MSN, WHNP-BC



AWHONN was created in 1969. At that time, it was called the Nurses Association of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (NAACOG). AWHONN became a separate and independent organization in 1993.[2] Using the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) guidelines correctly can make staffing the safest possible. When these staffing guidelines are followed appropriately they allow for quality care and more time for the nurse to spend at the bedside with the patient. The experience and skill mix of the nurses on the labor and delivery unit is another critical element of safe staffing. Nurses in labor and delivery units should have one patient to care for if the woman is having her labor induced or has chosen a birthing plan without pain medication or an epidural. Two nurses should be at every birth, one to care for the mom and the other to care for the baby. As far as post partum and mother baby units, the ratio is one nurse for every 3-4 couplets (mom and a baby) as long as they are all considered “stable”.

Sections and ChaptersEdit

There are 51 AWHONN Sections (one for each state, plus one that represents members in the US Armed Forces). Within each section, there are local chapters.


Standards and GuidelinesEdit

AWHONN publishes Standards for Professional Nursing Practice in the Care of Women and Newborns. These standards define the roles, functions and competencies of nurses caring for women and newborns and delineate the various roles and behaviors for which the professional nurse is accountable. [3]

AWHONN also publishes multiple evidence-based nursing guidelines for use by nurses caring for women and newborns. These evidence-based guidelines cover topics like fetal heart rate monitoring, labor induction, neonatal skin care,[4] care of the late preterm infant,[5] breastfeeding, HPV counseling, neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, nursing staffing,[6] and care of the patient in the second stage of labor.

Legislative ProgramsEdit

AWHONN works with members of Federal, State, and local governments to advocate for the health of women and newborns. AWHONN also provides education for nurses on how to become involved in the legislative process.


Professional Journals:

Consumer Publications and Websites:

Coalitions and CollaborationsEdit

AWHONN collaborates with other healthcare organizations that support health promotion and improvement for women and newborns.



AWHONN awards small research grants to members conducting research activities that are consistent with its mission.[2]


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  2. ^ a b c Nurse Zone
  3. ^ Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. (2009). Standards for professional nursing practice in the care of women and newborns (7th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
  4. ^ Lund, CH; Osborne, JW; Kuller, J; Lane, AT; Lott, JW; Raines, DA (2001). "Neonatal skin care: clinical outcomes of the AWHONN/NANN evidence-based clinical practice guideline. Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses and the National Association of Neonatal Nurses". Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. 30 (1): 41–51. doi:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2001.tb01520.x. PMID 11277161.
  5. ^ Medoff-Cooper, B. (November 2005). "The AWHONN Near-Term Infant Initiative: A Conceptual Framework for Optimizing Health for Near-Term Infants". Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing. 34: 666–71. doi:10.1177/0884217505281873.
  6. ^ Advance for Nurses