Recommended OB/GYN/NEWBORN Nursing READING LIST! - page 5

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. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thank you...glad to be of service!
  2. by   nancimarie
    Thank you, always looking for things to read and increase my knowledge since I'm new to OB

    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    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 nurses??? I thought we could do the same and make this a "sticky" thread and help others looking for ideas/help regarding what the best and most useful materials are to enhance our practice. Also would be looking for books to entertain us in our speciality. What say you?

    Here are some of my favorites:

    Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin

    Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring and Assessment by Susan Martin Tucker

    The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin

    Core Curriculum for Maternal-Newborn Nursing by Susan Mattson and Judy E. Smith

    Diary of a Midwife: The Power of Positive Childbearing by Juliana van Olphen-Fehr

    Unspeakable Losses: Healing from Miscarriage, Abortion and other Fetal Loss by Kim Klueger-Bell (great for nurses too).

    A Child is Born by Lennart Nilsson

    Any of the many Labor/delivery/Perinatal nursing books published, produced by AWHONN, such as Periantal Nursing

    Varney's Midwifery by Helen Varney (no not a midwife, but the info here is invaluable to an OB nurse as well).

    The Breastfeeding Answerbook by LaLecheLeague International

    Labor and Delivery in my Pocket ( )

    Finally. a WONDERFUL resource/website to get a HUGE selection of books and teaching materials relating to Childbirth, Midwifery, Lactation, Parenting, Newborn/Childcare:

    I have bought many different books from this company, at reasonable prices and the service is OUTSTANDING. You can request a catalogue online and receive it within about 2-3 days.

    So what are some of YOUR favorites??????

    and, is anyone interested in making this a "sticky" thread like in the NICU Area?
  3. by   demetria
    I love the following
    Anne Frye Holistic Midwifery I and II
    Varney Midwifery Helen Varney
    Myles textbook for midwives

    Herbal books- I run an herbal school in VT www. so this is a topic I am very familar with
    The Family Herbal- Rosemary Gladstar
    Healing Wise- Susun Weed (her others are good too)
    Anything by James Green, Aviva Jill Romm, David Winston
    I have two booklists suggestions at these links you may find helpful.

    I hope this help
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Feb 10, '13
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Thank you for your contributions, Demetria!
  5. by   epiphany
    I am reading the new Nursing Against the Odds by Suzanne Gordon, and it's sobering and amazingly well written. I highly recommend it to every nurse, though it's not directly OB related.

    Also, in her book, Gordon mentioned another book called:

    A Midwife's Tale : The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary,
    1785-1812... BY Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

    Since I often discover my books through references within other books, I went to the evil internet and the evil Amazon, made a few clicks and bought it. Will let you know how I like it. It's a pullitzer prize winner, so maybe I'm the only one who hasn't heard of it. Does anyone know Ulrich's Midwife's Tale?
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    THAT is a good one, too. Thanks, Epiphany!
  7. by   Krojas21
    I just graduated and was licensed on 7/01/05 and due to start in a high risk PP unit soon, but I would like to add a book I just got off ebay called "CARE OF THE SICK NEONATE" by Paulette Haws. It goes over at a glance lab values, neonatal diseases, prenatal, intranatal, and postnatal complications and issues and how to manage them. It's compact but a easly read and a great reference.

  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    thank you and welcome to the OB/GYN/Newborn forum!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. by   shell_rn
    Several people have listed the book Birth Stories, without an author... is it possible that Birth Stories is actually Part 1 of the book Ina Mays Guide To Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin?
  10. by   sirI
    Quote from shell_rn
    several people have listed the book birth stories, without an author... is it possible that birth stories is actually part 1 of the book ina mays guide to childbirth by ina may gaskin?
    i believe the book is:

    birth stories (subtitle: mystery, power, and creation) by: jane dwinell

    that is the one i have read. now there is another by author, janet i. ashford called birth stories: the experience remembered....i have not read that one.

    immaculate contraception by emma dickens is a good one, too. and as previously mentioned, midwives by chris bohjalian. i love that book and the movie with sissy spaceck.

    siri, crnp, clnc, rlnc
  11. by   laney1733
    I am currently reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and part one is a collection of birth stories, but I've also read Birth Stories and they are two seperate books. Both are wonderful. I also have another collection of birth stories called Labor Day: Shared Experiences from the Delivery Room by Ann-Marie Giglio which was good too. I'm off to Amazon now, thanks everyone for all of the suggestions.
  12. by   heyabo
    [FONT=Lucida Console]I reed the RED TENT for my book club. I loved it. I think all L&D nurses should read it!!! And all women.
    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.
  13. by   heyabo
    I read "WE're No Angels" after seeing the movie. We all think we have had it bad until you read that book. I lent the book to my husbands Uncle who was in WWII and he loved the book. He said he was so glad to read something that was accurate about the feild nursing. He also told me that alot of guys would not have survived if it hadn't been for the nurses that cared for them. Not only for the medical care they received but for the caring and compassion.
    Quote from mtnmom
    Thanks so much for all the wonderful suggestions - My "wish list" for reading seems to constantly outpace available time, but I am going to put several of these at the top of my list!!

    I have not read "The Red Tent" but have heard very good things about it.

    Another title that a sister-in-law (who is an atty, not in medicine) recommended to me, but that I have not had the opportunity to look for, is titled "Misconceptions"...has anyone heard of it??? It seems to be similar to the title previously described on this thread that goes into all the abuses of the natural birth process perpetuated by the medical system.

    And lastly, I have to put in a plug for one of my favorite all-time nursing books...not in the least related to OB/GYN but should be read by any American nurse..."We Band of Angels". This book details the story of the military nurses forced to evacuate with the troops during the Bataan death march in WWII Phillippines. The story of the sacrifices that these nurses made to care for their troops, the way they improvised, and the subsequent time they spent under Japanese capture in internment camp is incredible reading. Sorry its not OB-GYN reading but I promise you wont be disappointed, especially if you have any interest in history.

    Keep adding your wonderful suggestions, please!!!