Recommended OB/GYN/NEWBORN Nursing READING LIST! - page 9

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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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    On my list of favorites is:
    Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Haper, RN
    Maternal-Neonatal Facts made Icredibly Quick!
    Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd
    The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta
    The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook by Paulina Perez, RN- I'm biased here as I wrote this one. I just revised and updated it and it is now twice as large. It is on the press right now and will be ready for shipment in a few weeks.www.cuttingedgepress.net
    When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Eearly Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin and Phyliss Klaus
    and
    Births Balls: The Use of Phsyical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care by Paulina Perez http://www.cuttingedgepress.net
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    Quote from Pollyp
    On my list of favorites is:
    Gentle Birth Choices by Barbara Haper, RN
    Maternal-Neonatal Facts made Icredibly Quick!
    Birth as an American Rite of Passage by Robbie Davis-Floyd
    The Labor Progress Handbook by Penny Simkin and Ruth Ancheta
    The Nurturing Touch at Birth: A Labor Support Handbook by Paulina Perez, RN- I'm biased here as I wrote this one. I just revised and updated it and it is now twice as large. It is on the press right now and will be ready for shipment in a few weeks.www.cuttingedgepress.net
    When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Eearly Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women by Penny Simkin and Phyliss Klaus
    and
    Births Balls: The Use of Phsyical Therapy Balls in Maternity Care by Paulina Perez http://www.cuttingedgepress.net
    THANK YOU for these contributions, Polly and welcome to Allnurses.com, and the OB/GYN/Midwifery Forum. Looking so forward to hearing more from you on the forums/threads here.
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    Hi! I'm new here, an ex UK midwife and nurse, not worked for a long time but just done a refresher course and looking for an OB nursing post in the US (live here now). Anyone else moved from midwifery in the UK to OB nursing here? I'd love to hear from you!

    Anyway the publication I used the most when I was practicing was MIDIRS, http://www.midirs.org/
    it is basically a publication which looks through worldwide midwifery/obstetric journals and reviews the findings, and you can search the site as well. Not cheap but especially when studying a wonderful resource.
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    Thanks, Kelly! Great resource. And, welcome to allnurses.com.
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    I am a nurse in a level II community hospital newborn nursery. We have approximately 90-100 births a month with a lot of high risk deliveries/outcomes. I also have experience in working as a staff nurse in a large NICU. I would love to use this sight as a resource professionally and also personally. It is nice to hear others with the same concerns/feelings I have experienced. I am looking for up to date NANDAs for nursery mother/baby units to revise our current departments. I am on a committee formed make/install MEDITECH in our hospital? Any good ideas?
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    OMG GOOD LUCK, and my condolences.

    Meditech is 1985 techology that is cumbersome and ineffective. It's only good for order entry, really. Charting meds and nurse's notes on there, is the pits, frankly. It's gotten so the dr's make us chart vital signs and patient I/O on paper cause they don't want to bother looking for them---and it takes forever to do admission assessments on this dinosaur, too.

    My best advice???? NO CANNED TEXT---make everything you can open field responses, so as to reduce stress/frustation and time spent by the staff stuck using this. Use as few canned text lookups as possible. PLEASE.


    ( I was charged w/writing templates for our OB unit in my other life, so I know what I am saying here)

    I am sorry for the poor attitude, but I have learned over 9 years using it in two places, Meditech makes our lives harder, not easier. and E-MAR is rife w/opportunity for error. Watch out and be careful as you use this. Since you are already "stuck" with this, just keep the USERS in mind as you write your templates and listen to their suggestions, and be prepared for lots of grumbling. Also, do your best to keep your labor flow sheets and nurses' notes OFF Meditech and on paper. Just a really strong suggestions.

    Won't hurt to grow a thick skin. Wishing you the best. If I can help you just ask.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Mar 6, '06
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    Thank you for this thread and the list of books! Awesome information.
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    You are welcome!
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    books iíve read and recommend:
    [color=windowtext]sisters on a journey: portraits of american midwives
    penfield chester

    pushed: the painful truth about childbirth and modern maternity care
    [color=windowtext]jennifer block

    the girls who went away: the hidden history of women who surrendered children for adoption in the decades before roe v. wade
    ann fessler

    the politics of birth
    sheila kitzinger

    fresh milk: the secret life of breasts
    fiona giles

    giving birth: a journey into the world of mothers and midwives
    catherine taylor

    mother's milk: breastfeeding controversies in american culture
    bernice hausman


    monique and the mango rains: two years with a midwife in mali
    kris holloway

    spiritual midwifery
    ina may gaskin

    born in the usa: how a broken maternity system must be fixed to put women and children first
    marsden wagner

    birth: the surprising history of how we are born
    tina cassidy

    woman: an intimate geography
    natalie angier

    baby catcher: chronicles of a modern midwife
    peggy vincent


    books that i plan on reading (in no particular order):
    [color=windowtext]hard labor: reflections of an obstetrical nurse
    susan l. diamond

    [color=windowtext]caesarean: just another way of birth?
    rosemar mander

    [color=windowtext]risk and choice in maternity care: an international perspective
    andrew symon

    [color=windowtext]sperm counts: overcome by man's most precious fluid
    lisa moore

    [color=windowtext]choice: true stories of birth, contraception, infertility, adoption, single parenthood, and abortion
    karen bender

    [color=windowtext]a brief history of misogyny (brief histories)
    jack holland

    [color=windowtext]beggars and choosers: how the politics of choice shapes adoption, abortion, and welfare in the united states
    rickie solinger

    [color=windowtext]tainted milk: breastmilk, feminisms, and the politics of environmental degradation
    maia boswell-penc

    [color=windowtext]young, poor, and pregnant: the psychology of teenage motherhood
    judith s. musick

    [color=windowtext]expecting trouble: the myth of prenatal care in america
    thomas h. strong

    [color=windowtext]the social context of birth
    caroline squire

    the rhetoric of midwifery: gender, knowledge, and power
    mary m. lay

    [color=windowtext]laboring on: birth in transition in the united states (perspectives on gender)
    wendy simonds

    testing women, testing the fetus : the social impact of amniocentesis in america (the anthropology of everyday life)
    rayna rapp

    [color=windowtext]conceiving the new world order: the global politics of reproduction
    faye d. ginsburg & rayna rapp

    [color=windowtext]obstetric myths versus research realities: a guide to the medical literature
    henci goer

    [color=windowtext]milk, money, and madness: the culture and politics of breastfeeding
    naomi baumslag & dia l. michels

    listen to me good : the story of an alabama midwife
    margaret charles smith

    [color=windowtext]the elusive embryo: how men and women approach new reproductive technologies
    gay becker

    [color=windowtext]surrogate motherhood and the politics of reproduction
    susan markens

    [color=windowtext]lying-in: a history of childbirth in america, expanded edition
    richard w. wertz & dorothy c. wertz

    [color=windowtext]birth as an american rite of passage
    robbie e. davis-floyd

    [color=windowtext]anti-d in midwifery: panacea or paradox?
    sara wickham

    the birth partner
    penny simkin

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    Wow. Thanks so much for all these great suggestions! I graduate from nursing school next week, and will be starting my dream job on Mother/Baby in July, on the same unit I did my senior practicum experience. I can't wait to get started, and these books will serve as the perfect summer reading to fill the time until then.

    When I picked up a few of these at our library (Girls Who Went Away, Beggars & Choosers), I came across another one that looks good:

    "The Pill:A Biography of the Drug that Changed the World" by Bernard Asbell

    It's a few years old (1995), but it is very interesting, from what I've read so far.


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