OB Summer Reads - page 2
Since I haven't received any replies to the post that I made in "Recommended Reading", I thought that I might bring this down here to see if I got a few more responses. After all, these aren't really... Read More
Jun 11, '04I'm with you Smilin... whether he was a midwife or not (he was "with woman" though... OK, I won't go there ) I've got better things to read. After the disrespect he showed at the Reagan funeral today, I'm not interested in what he has to say.
Jun 14, '04Sorry for the delay Smilin... I'm going to Colorado for a week and I've been so busy. ACK! I shouldn't even be here now!
Anyhow... from what I understand, he felt that he didn't need to show his credentials or something to get into the funeral - I'm not sure if I had this correct, MSNBC was stating that something he did showed great disrespect to the former president. Also, he feel asleep at the funeral!!! He was shown on TV several times asleep - the camera finally quit going to him because he was asleep so much. And Hillary had this awful look on her face - just an impatient look.
While I'm not sure who I'm voting for this fall, I won't watch the funeral of Clinton because he showed so much disrespect. :stone
Jun 14, '04I just finished a great book called "A nurse's story" by Tilda Shalof. I took it on a road trip with me and couldn't put it down....I was done it in two days (good thing I wasn't driving). It is a biography of sorts from a 20 year experienced ICU nurse. It follows her from student to present and brings in laughter, tears, anger, and happiness without the typical bashing the system stories that we hear a lot of lately. This book really made me smile and do a lot of thinking at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone....nurse or not.
Jun 18, '04No need to be hateful, people! Why is it that nurses are some of the most hateful creatures on earth?
Jul 7, '04No one is being hateful, just reporting on what happened. Fair and balanced.
Anyhoo, back to our summer reading... I'm now reading Immaculate Deception II. If anyone gets time to check this one out, it's a very fascinating read. I'm not finished with it yet, but it details birth through the ages, starting with a woman in a tribe hundreds (a thousand??) years ago, goes through the Victorian Era, and I've just read about the mom who gave birth in the 60's. It's just amazing how attitudes about birth have changed through the ages. I did not read the original ID; I head that the author's tone was too strong. It has been apparently toned down - it's absolutely worth it if you get the chance.
*sigh* Earlier this year I was going into business with some other doulas. These were new doulas and I felt that they were taking advantage of me. I was stupid and loaned them A LOT of my childbirth/PP books. Since the business proposition ended badly, these people are refusing to return my books - about $200 worth USED. I'm probably not going to get these books back and since most of them were reference books, I'm going to have to start replacing them - slowly. I think I'm going to start with "The Birth Partner" by Penny Simkin - another awesome book! Next is going to be "The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers." This one I had not owned before, but I'm going to get it because I believe it would come in very handy for some of my PP clients. Has anyone read this? What do you think? I know that it's on the list of DONA's required reading for PP Doulas.
Has anyone seen/read this one? What did you think?
I appreciate your help!
Jul 7, '04I highly recommend any book by Penny Simkin. I love her!
And that Ultimate Book of Breastfeeding Answers----GOOD ONE, our LC has one in her office for our reference. GREAT book.
Jul 8, '04I love "The Birth Partner"! I have it as suggested reading for the spouses or other partners if they are interested. It was one of the books I constantly read. I'm really upset that it won't be returned. However, I can get the Second Edition. I agree with you, Smiling - it's an awesome, no nonsense guide to childbirth.
Thanks for the info on the breastfeeding book. I thumbed through it at Barnes and Noble and I think I'm going to get it! It really did look like an awesome book and I'm looking forward to getting that one as well!
Jul 8, '04I have personally used this site for books from Varney's Midwifery to Diary of a Midwife, to all the works of Penny Simkin. I have been VERY pleased with the service and fast shipping. I love this company (and no this is NOT an advertisement, I have no personal connection to this company other than being a satisfied customer, so I hope it's ok I post it here):
Jul 8, '04The Ultimate BF Book of Answers is very good.
You can read a good bit of what he (Dr. Jack Newman) writes here under "handouts":
The Breastfeeding Answer Book
is also good, & more comprehensive. More of a reference book, but indispensable is Medications and Mother's Milk. 2004 edition just came out-
If a nurse or L&D could only get two, I would probably recommend these.
This page has breastfeeding book suggestions for professionals:
I am a bf counselor and I have most of the big bf/lactation books. BF & Human Lactation just came out with a new edition that is supposed to have a lot of new updated information. The BF atlas is also good for later, really getting into specifics - it is full of pictures and case studies.
Any questions about breastfeeding books, feel free to email me
This is mostly nonfiction that I have read, or from my wishlist:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Our Bodies, Ourselves for the New Century: A Book by and for Women
Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
Eve's Herbs: A History of Contraception & Abortion
I haven't read this one:
Listen to Me Good: The Life Story of an Alabama Midwife
A Midwife's Tale : The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812 I read part of this and then got too busy with schoolwork. Kind of dry but good.
I can't believe I haven't read Spiritual Midwifery:
Now Ina May Gaskin also has:
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
I have not read any of these but they are on my wishlist:
Ethnography of Fertility and Birth
Women Healers: Portraits of Herbalists, Physicians, and Midwives
Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers
Birth Chairs, Midwives and Medicine
Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America
For Her Own Good : 150 Years of the Experts' Advice to Women
Birth in Four Cultures : A Crosscultural Investigation of Childbirth in Yucatan, Holland, Sweden, and the United States
Birth As an American Rite of Passage
I have read this, not a women's health thing but good: The Spirit Catches you and you Fall Down:
Couple more that are good:
The Continuum Concept:
Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent
The Red Tent fictional book that I loved:
Some other general fiction I liked:
Memoirs of a Geisha
Into the Forest
Whew. I guess I'm officially a bibliophile. Hope that gives you some ideas (please lie and say it did if it didn'tLast edit by mitchsmom on Jul 8, '04