1. Holistic Midwifery Vol. II: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor Through the Hours After Birth, by Anne Frye
Trusted source of information on childbirth and care of the newborn for nurses, midwifes, anyone involved in the care of birthing women.
2. Midwifery and Childbirth in America, by Judith Pence Rooks, Paperback, Temple University Press
This definitive account of the many forces that intersect over the issue of childbirth explains in a comprehensive and authoritative manner the conceptual and philosophical differences between these models. The author has brought together in a clear and readable fashion the myriad strands of history, culture, science, economics, and policy that have resulted in the current condition of maternity care in the United States. She describes the disparate backgrounds, training, and roles of certified nurse-midwives and lay or direct entry midwives, and explains the contributions of both groups. Rooks believes that maternity care and childbirth in America can, and should, be better than it is today, and offers steps to take in the direction.
3. Midwifery: Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Review Guide, by Beth M. Kelsey, Patricia Burkardt, Paperback, Health Leadership Associates
A comprehensive review designed specifically for those preparing to take the Midwifery (ACC) or Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (NCC) certification examinations. 770 pages/607 sample test questions representative of questions found on the examinations. Was developed for both of these specialties because of the many commonalities they share which enhance the delivery of care of women during their lifespan.
4. Spiritual Midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin, Paperback
Here is the 4th edition of the classic book on home birth that introduced a whole generation of women to the concept of natural childbirth. Back again are even more amazing birthing tales, including those from women who were babies in earlier editions and stories about Old Order Amish women attended by the Farm midwives. Also new is information about the safety of techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, information on postpartum depression and maternal death, and recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Includes resources for doulas, childbirth educators, birth centers, and other organizations and alliances dedicated to improving maternity care at home and in hospitals.
5. Varney’s Midwifery: Study Question Book, by Jenifer O. Fahey, Helen Varney’s Midwifery Varney, Paperback, Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Created as a companion study guide and learning tool for the third edition of America’s first midwifery textbook, Varney’s Midwifery Study Question Book will assist students as they prepare for the American College of Nurse-Midwives Certification Council (ACC) exam. For each chapter, comprehensive study outlines help to guide and focus the student in all aspects of midwifery, including primary care, antepartal care, intrapartal care, care of the newborn, and postpartal care.
6. 2004-2005 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Womens Health, by Nell Tharpe, Paperback, Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Approaches midwifery care from a clinical perspective for the midwife who practices in any setting. The Guidelines are designed to stimulate critical thinking while providing key resources for support of midwifery care. Options are included from current evidenced-based midwifery & medical care, as well as from traditional and empiric midwifery care. The primary focus is on meeting the needs of women in a manner that is both safe & woman-oriented.
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