1. 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 specialty. 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 catalog 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?
    Last edit by Joe V on Apr 2, '18 : Reason: added links to books, spelling
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  3. by   MinervaB
    I would add "The Red Tent." It is a fictional book, but is a great read for anyone interested in childbirth and history.
  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    wow never heard of that one. will go check out for it.

  5. by   pvcclpn
    I think making this a "sticky" is a great idea...that's the field that I want to work in "Women's Health r/t prenatal, childbirth, mother/baby.
  6. by   kids
    Originally posted by pvcclpn
    I think making this a "sticky" is a great idea...that's the field that I want to work in "Women's Health r/t prenatal, childbirth, mother/baby.
    I can do that sticky for y'all
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Why thank you, kids-r-fun! I really want to hear from the experts in the field..---and the NOT SO EXPERTS, too!!! sometimes the BEST ideas come from newcomers to the please, chime in!!!

    I am a book-a-holic. PLEASE share! What is your fave read in the ob/gyn/newborn area?

    Fiction, non-fiction, reference, whatever, I really would love to hear it!
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 30, '03
  8. by   dawngloves
    Deb, you'll love The Red Tent! Another good fiction read is The Midwives.
    I liked The Baby Catcher by Peggy Vincent, a miwife in San Fransisco
    My fave OB book is Hard Labor, by Susan Diamond RN, BSN.
    From Publishers Weekly
    In prose that is frequently riveting and always interesting, Diamond, a childbirth instructor and obstetrical nurse, details the 10 years she spent as a labor and delivery nurse. According to the author, the joyful experience of having a baby that should be the right of parents and families is frequently destroyed by a medical system that brutalizes mothers giving birth. In both military and civilian hospitals where Diamond worked, it was routine to invade a normal expectant mother's body with unnecessary IVs, fetal monitors, oxygen masks and catheters, and to perform painful episiotomies. Although these procedures are rationalized by doctors as preventative medicine, Diamond believes they are done for the convenience of physicians rather than for the well-being of delivering mothers. After struggling for years to provide pregnant women with humane prenatal nursing care, Diamond finally left the hospital system and now lobbies for home births.

    I read this after the birth of my first child, a dissapointing experience. I felt more empowerd with my second pregnancy and delivery when I learned I had options!
  9. by   L&D_RN_OH
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    My fave OB book is Hard Labor, by Susan Diamond RN, BSN.
    that sounds like a good one. I really liked The Baby Catcher too. I also really like Gentle Birth Choices and The Birth Partner.
  10. by   Sable's mom
    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.
  11. by   imenid37
    A Midwife's Story by Penny Armstrong. Great book. I really enjoyed it. It's about a midwife working with the Lancaster County Amish.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    THAT one sounds intriguing, imenid!!!
  13. by   palesarah
    imenid37- I LOVED that book! Unfortunately I loaned my copy out in nursing school and never got it back, it was the kind of book I could easily have read over & again!

    I'd add to list two books by Henci Goer- "A Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" (I loan mine out to all pregnant friends) and "Obstetric Myths Vs Research Realities".
  14. by   dawngloves
    You guys! It's Christmas! I'm supposed to be buying books for others, not me and you aren't helping!!!!