your recent home experience would be invaluable on a mother-baby unit!!! what a wonderful asset you would be there!!!
i have a couple of suggestions for your request for materials that can help you 'bone up' on nursing knowledge related to neonates and postpartum moms.
first is related to a web site where i received my certification in high risk neonatal nursing. they offer continuing education modules for their certified nurses for keeping up to date and current with their certification requirements. i don't believe you must be certified to be able to purchase the modules, and they are wonderful! they are modules of articles gleaned from the most respectable medical journals so their content is highly relavent. some modules offer 15 hours of ceus and others offer 45 hours. there are several categories including:
- high risk neonatal
- maternal newborn
- women's health
- telephone nursing
here is a link straight to the maternal-newborn continuing education modules:
maternal-newborn ce modules
their main web page is http://www.nccnet.org
the other website that comes to mind is of "neonatal network". they are one of two popular nicu nurse nursing organizations (the other being nann - national association of neonatal nurses. i am a member of both). they publish neonatal network
a very popular journal for neonatal nurses, mainly nicu nursing. also, for 5 years, they published a journal for mother-baby nurses titled "mother-baby journal" but because not enough nurses subscribed, they stopped publishing it. they do however have back issues for sale. here is a link to their back issues page:
mother-baby journal back issues
also has a publishing area called nicu ink
which has many good books relating to nicu and well-baby care. one i have and would recommend is: physical assessment of newborns: a complete guide to the art of physical exam, 2nd edition. it includes ceu's too if i'm not mistaken. many of the books from nicu ink
do too. here is a link to the nicu ink
page on the neonatal network
the academy and nicu ink bookstore
if i can think of some other sites or places for you, i'll post them. right now i'm tired and ready to go to bed. don't give up on your dream of nursing with the babies... life experiences often enhance our skills in ways we'd never expect. i could even see you, after getting comfortable on a mother-baby unit, teaching childbirth classes or being a lactation consultant. the nicu would love to have you too though. don't you just love the way nursing offers soooo many options for us?! i do!!
best wishes for a fantastic future and continued happy family!