Recommended OB/GYN/NEWBORN Nursing READING LIST! - page 4

Saw this on the NEONATAL/NICU Area and I believe it's a GREAT idea. WHO knows better the best reading materials, books, sites to use to enhance our knowledge of Inpatient OB/GYN nursing than midwives and OB-GYN and newborn... Read More

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    I am soooo glad to see that someone added "Silent Knife". It's a great book. And I also have a few others to recommend:

    Birth Stories (I don't recall the name of the author, little one nursing so I can't get up to look)
    Medications and Mother's Milk (PLease get a copy for all OB floors, if I get one more call from a mother telling me that she needs to "pump and dump" to take a commonly used medication I will pull my hair out):angryfire

    I am so happy to see that everyone else likes The Red Tent too!


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    Wow! I was just thinking I need a good reference book, and boom, here is this thread.

    I am working in the quality dept of a managed medicaid company, and I do chart reviews. I am not an OB nurse, have always hated it btw, but it seems most of the chartrs I review are related to OB or GYN issues. I struggle to understand the usual procedures, etc...and always call a maternity CM to educate me.

    So, can anyone recommend a good reference book? One that includes procedure care, and routine GYN care?


    Oh, I almost forgot, may I add one?
    Silent Knife : Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC)
    by Nancy Wainer Cohen, Lois J. Estner (Paperback )

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    Very moving insights into women's feelings after C-section.

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    silent knife is avialable in paperback,as is her other book open season
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    Hello everyone.How are you?I am new to allnurses and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far.I am interested in being a labor&delivery nurse.I am very certain that I would LOVE going to work each and everyday.I want to talk to nurses who are in this field and ask what is the best way to get my foot in the door in labor&delivery?Any information that you can give me would sincerely apperciated.I am anxious to learn as much as I can from everyone here.
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    Welcome to allnurses DYMONDGURL. I am in the same situation as you - working to be a L&D nurse, so I have no advice for you on that front. But I think you'll get a better response if you start a new thread with your post, because people are only coming to this thread to make and see book recommendations Good luck to you !!
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    This is a great idea!
    A book I have enjoyed is "Labor Pains" by K. Klimo (I Think). It is fiction and not always accurate in OB details, but I enjoyed it.
    can you tell about this book?
    Last edit by idreamofjeannie on Dec 16, '04 : Reason: don't do this much, pressed the wrong button in trying to figure it out
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    I would add:
    MEDICATIONS AND MOTHER'S MILK(2004) by Thomas Hale Ph.D.
    It would be a great resource to have on hand as mothers are often told to wean(unneccessarily) due to medications.
    I would also suggest Dr. Hale's forums if you have a question about a specific medication.

    Other great online resources for lactation:
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    Oh yes, GOOD ONE mary. Thank you!
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    I like Tucker's Fetal Monitoring and Assessment, Sessler's Maternity Care, and Blackburn's Maternal, Fetal, & Neonatal Physiology. I also appreciate the more holistic Taking Charge of Your Fertility, by Weschler. However, I am still in search of the perfect set of references as I have many questions about L&D, having worked in a fairly low-risk unit barely over a year. I was at the "largest B&N" also known as the medical book store and I noticed that I was almost compelled to buy the OB-GYN books that the MDs use, because the terminology in these texts is used more often in my unit than phrases such as "potential for anxiety related to pain", etc... Many "nursing" texts do not define "terminal mec", "PUPPS", "therapeutic Mag levels", or "suprapubic pressure". These were terms I had to learn "on the job". I feel most comfortable when I can look something up in a book or in EBM journal articles, but I find that so many of us often follow MD orders without questioning them enough. Just the other day, I was ordered to draw up demerol for a (very new) mother who'd been induced for PIH (with concurrent Mag tx) b/c the doctor needed to manually remove the placenta. Because it was a fairly emergent situation, I did not consult my drug book until afterwards. Now I realize that that could have been a big seizure no-no. I know my experience is off the topic of this thread, but I could really use some suggestions for some good reference books. (I'm going to get software for that for my Palm for lab norms and drug references so I'll always have "values" on hand)
    Last edit by jp2096 on Mar 7, '05
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    I love this idea !!
    Now I have a question please.
    I am in the process of registering for the RNC course.
    I intend to do the Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Core Certificate Exam.
    I have just bought the Core Curriculum for Maternal/Newborn Nursing !!
    Was that the wrong or right book to get ???
    Is there a book : Core Curriculum for Inpatient Obstetric Nursing
    I have searched a few websites and have been unsuccessful in finding one.
    If there isn't one specifically for Inpatient Obstetric Nursing will the Maternal/Newborn Nursing one do???
    Has anyone got some answers for me??
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    I would recommend Henci Goer's Obstetric Myths versus Research Realities.

    For those of you who have exclusively practiced in a hospital setting and haven't seen a lot of non-intervention births, it might shock you to know how many of the interventions in OB are not supported by obstetric research.

    I also think Penny Simkin's The Birth Partner is excellent, especially for those who feel like they have a handle on the technical side of birth but lack real skills in terms of labor support.

    And, since I'm being so sassy anyway may I make a suggestion that is not in the form of a book? Consider, as an L&D RN, taking a doula training course, where you learn nothing but labor support techniques for the mother and family.

    Having served as a doula at births, I have sometimes been shocked at how little some of the nurses knew about simple labor support. Their only suggestion was to call anesthesia and order an epidural. Now, I know that some of the problem was not a lack of knowledge, but a lack of time because of a heavy workload. However, some of the problem was a real lack of knowledge, particularly from younger nurses. (Long time nurses seem to have a better backround in non-pharmacological labor support.) I think a doula training can be a wonderful refresher! And non-nurse doulas would LOVE to meet an L&D nurse in order to gain valuable knowledge from a nursing perspective. We appreciate hearing what RN's go through as well, and I have some more than one L&D nurse protect her patient in amazing ways.

    And though this is off topic, I'll say this much: at my last birth, the nurses were so incredibly cool to me. It was great!

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