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 ... Read More

  1. Visit  FrumDoula profile page
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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!

    Alison
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  2. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    For info on Doula training/information, please see:

    www.dona.org

    Doulas of North America

    Good suggestion, thanks!
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  3. Visit  wannabemw profile page
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    "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."



    Alison,
    what a great idea! Now if we could only convince nursing schools of this! (I laugh b/c they already complain of not enough time to teach the "basics")

    And I have to say...my husband was a GREAT DOULA! (So guys if u think this doesn't apply to u, u r dead wrong!)

    I will also look for Penny Simkins book. Thanks for the suggestions!
    ~MJ
  4. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    The Labor Progress Handbook is another excellent Simpkin resource.
  5. Visit  FrumDoula profile page
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    Alison,
    what a great idea! Now if we could only convince nursing schools of this! (I laugh b/c they already complain of not enough time to teach the "basics")

    ~MJ[/QUOTE]

    My husband is a medical student, and his school uses the "not enough time" excuse to justify not teaching NUTRITION. Duh, people. But damn if they don't spend a year on pharmacology to treat all the illnesses brought on by poor nutrition.

    Oh, and another excellent resource for the L&D nurses who see persistent dystocia brought on by malpositioned babies : Optimal Fetal Positioning The authors' name escapes me, but it's a great resource.

    The Labor Progress Handbook is fabulous, I agree, and one more, since I have everyone's ear. When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus. An outstanding book on helping survivors of abuse to have a positive birth experience, and how to avoid retraumatizing them. Very powerful.

    I gave a presentation to nursing students once at the University of Missouri-Columbia on doula care and labor support, and I can't tell you how supportive and open-minded they were to the ideas (and the birth ball!) I brought with me.

    Alison
  6. Visit  SmilingBluEyes profile page
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    I don't understand medical schools STILL not teaching nutrition. That blows my mind. It thought they were changing that. STUPID.
  7. Visit  FrumDoula profile page
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    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    I don't understand medical schools STILL not teaching nutrition. That blows my mind. It thought they were changing that. STUPID.
    Some may well be, but apparently his is still in the Dark Ages. And they have no Ethics course, either.

    And he attends an Osteopathic medical school, where they should know better. They spend plenty of time on manipulation.

    Alison
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  8. Visit  ndsweetheart profile page
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    Hi everyone, I am pretty new to this but I am a senior baccalaureate nursing student and will be graduating in May of this year. I am going to be working on the OB floor. I had my first baby this past summer and a wonderful book that was offered to me by my doula is "Birthing From Within". I don't remember the author and I have loaned it out to a friend. But the book is fantastic for both nurses and woman currently pregnant.
    I highly recommend it!
  9. Visit  tasharn profile page
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    Quote from MinervaB
    I would add "The Red Tent." It is a fictional book, but is a great read for anyone interested in childbirth and history.


    I bought the red tent and read it in one day, I could not put it down.
  10. Visit  wannabemw profile page
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    Quote from ndsweetheart
    Hi everyone, I am pretty new to this but I am a senior baccalaureate nursing student and will be graduating in May of this year. I am going to be working on the OB floor. I had my first baby this past summer and a wonderful book that was offered to me by my doula is "Birthing From Within". I don't remember the author and I have loaned it out to a friend. But the book is fantastic for both nurses and woman currently pregnant.
    I highly recommend it!
    My DOULA friend requires this as reading for her birthing couples! Excellent book. I also have really liked "Silent Knife" for recovery from c-section... its excellent for anyone that has suffered from Birth Trama. However, to get everything that you can out of it, u MUST read the whole book...it takes u through stages of identification and recovery. Be prepared to get mad, cry and feel better and more educated for your next birth. (I also LOVED "The Midwife")(formerly on Oprah's book club).
    ~MJ
  11. Visit  wannabemw profile page
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    Oh how much fun that must have been to "enlighten" nursing students! I am ENVIOUS!

    I will look up the other books u mentioned..especially the Survivors book...I have too many friends & family members who could benefit from this book. U & I would get along well....

    I want to add another "Must Read": The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and one book that should be in every OB Unit in the US" "The Breastfeeding Answer Book" Both these books r written by La Leche League (not all LLL leaders & members are, lol, "Nazi Nursers") These books r excellent resources too...ck the library if u need to.
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    Quote from wannabemw
    Oh how much fun that must have been to "enlighten" nursing students! I am ENVIOUS!

    I will look up the other books u mentioned..especially the Survivors book...I have too many friends & family members who could benefit from this book. U & I would get along well....

    I want to add another "Must Read": The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" and one book that should be in every OB Unit in the US" "The Breastfeeding Answer Book" Both these books r written by La Leche League (not all LLL leaders & members are, lol, "Nazi Nursers") These books r excellent resources too...ck the library if u need to.
    Birthing From Within was written by Pam England.

    Read anything written by Jack Newman. His website and articles on the manipulation of nursing mothers by formula companies are particularly fascinating (and angering!!).

    Alison
  13. Visit  epiphany profile page
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    smiling:

    love your thread. you are always inspirational. Here's one book written by a doctor, whom I loved.

    Woman in Residence by Michelle Harrison.


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