Following is a list of topics that one might find in a midwifery curriculum. You will find links to websites with further information, books commonly used to teach the topic and possibly free downloads to articles or assignment templates.
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- Blackburn, S. (2012). Maternal, Fetal, & Neonatal Physiology (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. ISBN 978-1437716238
- Marieb, E. (2015). Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology (11th ed.). San Francisco: CA. Benjamen CummingsPearson. ISBN 978-0321695987 – This book clarifies concepts, defines key terms, and offers just the right balance of anatomy, physiology, and clinical relevance, making it complete but not overwhelming. It was written specifically for a one-semester anatomy & physiology course. [updated link]
- Elsevier Clinical Solutions. (2010). Sample Video of Netter’s 3-D Interactive Anatomy. [YouTube video exploring the muscles of the female pelvis and glutes]
- frazernd92. (2011). Pelvic Floor Anatomy. [YouTube video]
- Picture Atlas of the Cervix – European Group of Robotic Urology Images of normal and abnormal cervices.
- Briggs, G. & Freeman, R., & Yaffe, S. (2014). Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. ISBN 978-1608317080 [updated link]
- Grawey, A., Marinelli, K., Holmes, A. (2013). ABM Clinical Protocol #14: Breastfeeding-Friendly Physician’s Office: Optimizing Care for Infants and Children, Revised 2013. Breastfeeding Medicine 8(2): 237-242. DOI: 10.1089/bfm.2013.9994
- Lawrence, R. & Lawrence, R. (2010). Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Professional (7th ed.). Maryland Heights, MO: Elsevier. ISBN 978-1437707885
- Morbacher, N. & Stock, J. (2003). The Breastfeeding Answer Book (3rd ed. revised). Schaumberg, IL: La Leche League International. ISBN 978-0912500928
- Wambach, K. & Riordan, J. (2014). Breastfeeding and Human Lactation (5th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers. ISBN 978-0763754327 [updated link]
- Royal College of Midwives. (2002). Successful Breastfeeding (3rd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0443059674
- Morton, J. (2012). Hand Expression of Breastmilk by Stanford University School of Medicine
- La Leche League’s Downloadable Podcasts
- Breastfeeding Report Cards- Centers for Disease Control
- Dr. Jack Newman and Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute website. : Videos of breastfeeding – proper latch, etc.; articles.
- La Leche League International- Resource Pages : Find helpful information about all topics relating to breastfeeding.
- Sohnen-Moe, C. (2008). Business Mastery: A Guide for Creating a Fulfilling, Thriving Business and Keeping it Successful (4th ed.). Tucson, AZ: Sohnen-Moe Associates, Inc. ISBN 978-0962126574
- Tritten, J. (2006). Business and Midwifery. Midwifery Today, 79.
- Potter, B. (2011). HIPAA for Midwifery 101: Part 1 – The Basics.
- Potter, B. (2011). HIPAA for Midwifery 101: Part 2 – Disclosures, Communication and Storage.
- Potter, B. (2011). HIPAA for Midwifery 101: Part 3 – The Security Rule – Keeping Electronic Information Safe.
- Koehn, M. (2002). Childbirth Education Outcomes: An Integrative Review of the Literature. Journal of Perinatal Education, 11(3), 10-19
- Journal of Perinatal Education – a research journal published by Lamaze International [updated link]
- Childbirth Graphics supplies midwives and childbirth educators with videos, posters, props and more
- Birth International supplies midwives and childbirth educators with videos, charts, props and more
- Penny Simkin is a longtime childbirth educators who has written several books and developed videos. [updated link]
- The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) – The International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) is a professional organization that supports educators and health care professionals who believe in freedom to make decisions based on knowledge of alternatives in family-centered maternity and newborn care.
- The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth
- Lamaze International
- Birthing from Within
- Cherry, K. (n.d.). What is Counseling Psychology? – This article helps understand the training and role of a counseling psychologist.
- De Becker, G. (1999). The Gift of Fear and Other Survival Signals that Protect Us From Violence. New York, NY: Dell. ISBN 978-0440508830
- Knapp, C. (1996). Drinking: A Love Story. New York, NY: Bantam Dell. ISBN 978-0385315548
- Nichols, M. (2009). The Lost Art of Listening: How Learning to Listen Can Improve Relationships (2nd ed.). New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN 978-1593859862
- Quindlen, A. (2010). Black and Blue: A Novel. New York, NY: Dell Publishing. ISBN 978-0440226109
- Panuthos, C. (1984). : Ended Beginnings: Healing Childbearing Losses. Westport, CT: Bergin and Garvey. ISBN 978-0897890540
- Rothman, B. (1994). The Tentative Pregnancy: How Amniocentesis Changes the Experience of Motherhood. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0044409120
- Sichel, D. & Driscoll, J. (2000). Women’s Moods, Women’s Minds: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. ISBN 978-0380728524
- Simkin, P. & Klaus, P. (2004). When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Seattle, WA: Classic Day Publishing. ISBN 978-1594040221
- Urbancic, J.C., Groh C.J. (2009) Women’s Mental Health: A Clinical Guide for Primary Care Providers. Philadelphia: PA. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-0781768283 [updated link]
- Harlow’s Experiments with Rhesus Monkeys : This YouTube video shows experiments that emphasize the role of care-giving and companionship in cognitive development.
- An Introduction to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs : This YouTube video explores Maslow’s work in breaking human needs down to the following hierarchical categories: physiological, safety, love, self-esteem, and self-actualization.
- What is Counseling Psychology? : This article from About.com explores the following questions: What do counseling psychologists do? How does counseling psychology differ from clinical psychology? What education and training is required for counseling psychology?
- Raisler, J., O’Grady, M., & Lori, J. (2010). Clinical Teaching and Learning in Midwifery and Women’s Health. Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. 48(6), 398-406. – This article presents a synthesis of information and “practical strategies about clinical teaching” that were found during a review of available literature.
- Worth-Butler, M., Murphy, R., & Fraser, D. (1994). Towards an integrated model of competence in midwifery. Midwifery 10(4), 225-231. – A description from the abstract notes, “Questions raised include – What is it that makes midwives competent? Can competence be inferred from performance? How can capability be recognised? Can competence be broken into elements for assessment without losing meaning?”
- Critical Thinking : This YouTube video by QualiaSoup explores some of the basic principles of critical thinking and shows how the development of good critical thinking skills can lead to self-reliance.
- Critical Thinking—Standards of Thought, Part 1 : This YouTube video by The Foundation for Critical Thinking makes the argument that there are a set of universal standards with which critical thinking skills may be evaluated.
- How to Teach Critical Thinking : This YouTube video by Linn-Benton Community College shares tips for educators on both teaching and assessing critical thinking skills.
- Arredondo, P. et al. (1996). Operationalization of the multicultural counseling competencies. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 24, 42-78. [updated link]
- Cannella, G. & Lincoln, Y. (2004). Epilogue: Claiming a critical public social science – Reconceptualizing and redeploying research. Qualitative Inquiry 10(2), 298-309.
- Carolan, M. (2007). Health literacy and the information needs and dilemmas of first-time mothers over 35 years. Journal of Clinical Nursing 16(6), 1162-1172.
- Downe, S., Finlayson, K., Walsh, D., & Lavender, T. (2009). “Weighing up and balancing out”: A meta-synthesis of barriers to antenatal care for marginalised women in high-income countries. BJOG 116(4), 518-529.
- Esposito, N. (1999). Marginalized women’s comparisons of their hospital and freestanding birth center experiences: A contrast of inner-city birthing systems. Health Care for Women International 20(2), 111-126.
- Geronimus, A. (2003). Damned if you do: Culture, identity, privilege, and teenage childbearing in the United States. Social Science & Medicine 57(5), 881-893.
- Hall, J. (2006). Spirituality at the beginning of life. Journal of Clinical Nursing 15(7), 804-810.
- Hardy, K. & Lasloffy, T. (1995). The cultural genogram: Key to training culturally competent family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 21(3), 227-232.
- Hermann, J. (2006). The voices of teen mothers: The experience of repeat pregnancy. The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing 31(4), 243-249.
- Keating-Lefler, R., & Wilson, M. (2004). The experience of becoming a mother for single, unpartnered, Medicaid-eligible, first-time mothers. Journal of Nursing Scholarship 36(1), 23-29.
- Logsdon, M., Gagne, P., Hughes, T., Patterson, J. & Rakestraw, V. (2005). Social support during adolescent pregnancy: Piecing together a quilt. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 34(5), 606-614.
- McManus, A., Hunter, L., & Renn, H. (2006). Lesbian experiences and needs during childbirth: Guidance for health care providers. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 35(1), 13-23.
- Purnell, L.D. (2008). Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: PA. F.A. Davis Company. ISBN 978-0803620643. – This easy-to-read handbook builds students’ confidence when relating to different cultures in a health care setting.
- Purnell, L.D. (2012). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach (4th ed.). F.A. Davis Company. ISBN 978-0803637054. – In this book, a diverse group of researchers, educators, and clinicians use the Purnell 12-step model to examine 33 population groups from a health care perspective.
- Renaud, M. (2007). We are mothers too: Childbearing experiences of lesbian families. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing 36(2), 10-12.
- Schlosser, L. (2003). Christian privilege: Breaking a sacred taboo. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development 31(1), 44-51.
- Smithbattle, L. (2007). Legacies of advantage and disadvantage: The case of teen mothers. Public Health Nursing 24(5), 409-420.
- Spector, R.E. (2012). Cultural Diversity in Health and Illness (8th ed.). Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0132840064. – This book examines the differences that exist in the health care system and consumers, and health beliefs among people of different cultural backgrounds.
- Trettin, S., Moses-Kolko, E., & Wisner, K. (2006). Lesbian perinatal depression and the heterosexism that affects knowledge about this minority population. Archives of Women’s Mental Health 9, 67-73.
- Vasas, E. (2005). Examining the margins: A concept analysis of marginalization. Advances in Nursing Science 28(3), 194-202.
- Wilson, T. (1999). Towards an understanding of the cultural roots of homophobia in order to provide a better midwifery service for lesbian clients. Midwifery 15(3), 154-164.
- YouTube. 2007. Implicit Association Test (Dateline NBC).
- Harvard University. 2008. Project Implicit.
- Office of Minority Health – US Department of Health and Human Services: Data, health topics information, articles. “The mission of the Office of Minority Health (OMH) is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.” [updated link]
- National Center for Cultural Competence – Georgetown University: Articles, guides, research. “The mission of the National Center for Cultural Competence is to increase the capacity of health care and mental competent promote health and mental health equity.” [updated link]
- Bodenheimer, T. and Grumbach, K. (2012). Understanding Health Policy (6th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ISBN 978-0071770521
- Booth, W., Colomb, G., & Williams, J. (2008). The Craft of Research (3rd ed.). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0226065663 – This text explains how to plan and draft a paper, how to build an argument that motivates readers to accept a claim, how to anticipate the reservations of readers and to respond to them appropriately, and how to create introductions and conclusions that answer that most demanding question, “So what?”
- Brase, C.H., & Brase, C.P. (2015). Understanding Basic Statistics (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. ISBN 978-0547132495. – Geared to instructors, this book offers a condensed version on an effective way to teach the essentials of statistics. [updated link]
- Cluett, E. & Bluff, R. (2006). Principles and Practice of Research in Midwifery (2nd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0443101946. – Includes chapters on both qualitative and quantitative research; critiquing literature; detailed information about statistics, levels of significance, confidence intervals and encourages midwives to publish and present their research.
- Gordis, L. (2013). Epidemiology (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. ISBN 978-1416040026. – This book introduces the basic principles and concepts of epidemiology. [updated link]
- Greenhalgh, T. (2014). How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-Based Medicine (5th ed). Hoboken, NJ: BMJ Books. ISBN 978-1444334364 [updated link]
- Moore, D. & Notz, W. (2008). Statistics: Concepts and Controversies (7th ed.). New York, NY: W H Freeman & Co. ISBN 978-1429229913
- Rees, C. (2012). Introduction to Research for Midwives (3rd ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0702051654. – A portion of this book discusses how to conduct research; also includes chapters on critiquing research articles, analyzing statistics in research and concludes with a chapter called “Closing the Credibility Gap” about the shortage of midwifery research and what midwives can do to change that.
- Saracci, R. (2010). Epidemiology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199543335. – Dr. Rodolfo Sarracci explains in this Very Short Introduction what is epidemiology, dispels some of the myths surrounding the field, and how critical epidemiology is to the discovery, control, and prevention of disease in different populations. He also looks at the different ethical and political issues related to retrieving and using information concerning patients, and trials involving placebos.
- Walliman, N. (2011). Research Methods: The Basics. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415489942. – This text is an introduction to the different aspects of research theory, methods and practice and is structured in two parts, the first covering the nature of knowledge and the reasons for research, and the second the specific methods used to carry out effective research.
- Epidemiology Basics : This video by a California State University professor examines the following: “What is epidemiology? What is the basic premise of epidemiology? What are the most common uses of epidemiology?”
- Descriptive Epidemiology : This UC Berkeley video lecture is excerpted from a Public Health class series.
- BioMed Central : A collection of peer-reviewed open access biomedical journals.
- Cochrane Reviews : Free summaries and paid access to full-text systematic reviews designed to provide the evidence basis for making informed health care decisions.
- Directory of Open Access Journals : An international directory of scientific and scholarly journals available for free online viewing.
- Doing Research Tutorial from the University of Illinois at Chicago This is a short animated tutorial that allows you to practice putting search terms together and analyze citations.
- HighWire Press : A directory of scientific journals published online. Includes sites with open access, along with journals with free trial periods, free back issues, or pay per view.
- Lamaze International research summaries : Archive of past issues thru Oct ’08.
- Lamaze International Science & Sensibility Blog.
- Loansome Doc : Order documents found in Medline (via PubMed or NLM Gateway) after establishing an agreement with a participating medical library. Fees charged per use.
- Medical Matrix : Searchable collection of peer-reviewed clinical medicine resources, including journal articles, textbooks, case studies, clinical trials, PowerPoint lectures, and patient education materials. Covers all areas of clinical medicine, including alternative and complementary medicine.
- Medscape : Medical news (including OBGYN), free full-text journal articles, and medical conference reports.
- MIDIRS – Midwives’ Information & Resource Service : disseminates latest research info (journal and electronic)
- NCBI Bookshelf : Search and read this growing collection of biomedical books online.
- NHS Surveys : Provides information on how to carry out surveys for NHS service provision. [updated link]
- Public Library of Science
- PubMed : Best place to start to find articles related to biomedicine and the life sciences. Many abstracts can be found here, as well as some free full-text articles. [updated link]
- PubMed Central : Free articles from biomedical and life sciences journals.
- Research 101 from the University of Washington. This tutorial includes practice questions and a good overall look at the research process.
- Survey tools help collect and analyze data. Most offer a free version with basic features. You can pay fees to get enhanced features. Examples include:
- FreeOnlineSurveys.com – up to 20 questions, up to 50 responses, 10-day period, provides link to survey, need to pay to see individual results, no branding.
- Google Forms – unlimited questions, unlimited number of surveys, results automatically provided in a Google Docs spreadsheet (so you can see individual responses), can email out survey directly or embed link in blog or on website, supports the following question types: text (short answer), text (paragraph), multiple choice, checkbox, list, grid. [updated link]
- KwikSurveys.com – unlimited questions, unlimited responses, only 6 question types (no text answers), provides link to survey, can add images and video clips to survey, can use question logic, full results export, SSL encryption.
- SurveyMonkey.com – up to 10 questions, 100 responses, can email out survey directly, cannot download responses, no branding.
- SurveyTool.com – 50 email addresses per survey, 3 surveys per month, unlimited questions per survey, cannot browse individual results, can export aggregate results, no branding.
- Foster, I. & Lasser, J. (2011). Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barlett Publishers. ISBN 978-0763768805
- Jones, S. (2000). Ethics in Midwifery (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Mosby. ISBN 978-0723431725
- Thompson, F. (2002). Moving from Codes of Ethics to Ethical Relationships for Midwifery Practice. Nursing Ethics 9(5), 522-536. [updated link]
- Video – Why and How to Teach Medical Ethics by Prof. Alan Rubinow, MD
- Ethics in Midwifery by Shirley R Jones, Principal Lecturer/Supervisor of Midwives, School of Women’s Health Studies, Faculty of Health and Community Care, University of Central England in Birmingham, UK
- Medscape article and discussion on “Ethical Issues in Genetic Testing: Challenges for Midwives and Perinatal Clinicians”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Update to CDC’s U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 2010: Revised Recommendations for the Use of Contraceptive Methods During the Postpartum Period. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 60(26), 878-883. [updated link]
- Eldridge, L., & Baumgardner, J. (2010). In Our Control: The Complete Guide to Contraceptive Choices for Women. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1583229071 : In this text, the authors discuss the history, scientific advances, and practical uses of everything from condoms to the male pill to Plan B.
- Nofzinger, M. (1992). A Cooperative Method of Natural Birth Control (4th ed.). Summertown, TN: Book Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0913990063 : This guide, published on The Farm, explores the use of cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and calendar tracking to either achieve or prevent pregnancy naturally.
- Singer, K. (2004). The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy–Naturally–and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health. Penguin Group. New York: NY. ISBN 978-1583331828. – This book explains how to be able to read fertility signals in order to prevent or achieve pregnancy, how to use charts to assess gynecological health and offers alternative, nonmedical options for strengthening reproductive health.
- Weschler, T. (2006). Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised 10th Anniversary ed.) New York, NY: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0060881900 : This text is a comprehensive explanation of Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), and it includes a trial CD-ROM of the TCOYF computer software for cycle charting (this edition only).
- Winsein, M. (1999). Your Fertility Signals: Using Them to Achieve or Avoid Pregnancy Naturally. Fort Collins, CO: Smooth Stone Press. ISBN 978-0961940102
- Interactive birth control guide
- Method Match – An interactive birth control guide presented by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.
- Fertility Awareness Center, Links & Resources – This site contains links to various reproductive resources, including but not limited to teen sexuality, infertility, menstruation, and emergency contraception.
- The Garden of Fertility – This site breaks down all the information one needs to know about fertility awareness in the simplest form. It includes a free fertility calendar.
- National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association – An extensive source for current news and media, public policy/issues information, and general reference material concerning reproductive health.
- Planned Parenthood’s Guide to Birth Control Options
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility – This website is an online companion to Toni Weschler’s book of the same name, and it includes information about Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), downloadable charts, and question boards.
- Engstrom, J.L., Sefton, M.G.S., Matheson, J.K., Healy, K.M. (2005), Genetic Competencies Essential for Health Care Professionals in Primary Care. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 50: 177–183. doi: 10.1016/j.jmwh.2005.02.002. – This article describes the genetic competencies essential for all primary health care providers.
- Liu, J. (2011). Early Health Risk Factors for Violence: Conceptualization, Review of the Evidence, and Implications. Aggress Violent Behav. 16(1): 63-73. doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2010.12.003.
- Liu, J., Leung, P.W., McCauley, L., Ai, Y., Pinto-Martin, J. (2012, November 23). Mother’s environmental tobacco smoke exposure during pregnancy and externalizing behavior problems in children. Neurotoxicology 34C:167-174. doi: 10.1016/j.neuro.2012.11.005.
- Moore, K., Persaud, T., and Torchia, M. (2015). The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. ISBN 978-1437720020 – Animations, review questions, and full text access available online. [updated link]
- Sadler, T. (2014). Langman’s Medical Embryology (13th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-1451113426 – Comes with online material including Simbryo, an animation program showing processes, organs, and systems developing in human embryos, as well as review questions and an online version of the entire text. [updated link]
- Human Development – This animation by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute illustrates human development from ovulation through the end of the embryological period.
- Human Embryology Animations – Includes the following subsections–General Embryology, Cardiovascular Embryology, Development of the Head and Neck, Gastrointestinal Embryology, Development of the Limbs, and Urinary and Reproductive Embryology.
- An Introduction to Heredity – This YouTube video, published by Khan Academy, explores classical genetics, dominant and recessive traits, and homozygous and heterozygous genotypes.
- The World of Anatomy, Embryology Videos – This blog site contains a 2-minute embryology video as well as links to many other pregnancy and birth-related videos. [updated link]
- 0 to 9 Months – A Malay animation with English captions
- National Society of Genetic Counselors – Find a genetic counselor in your area. [updated link]
- Online textbook supplements for Human Embryology by William Larson – Click “contents”, explore the “animations” of embryonic development listed by chapter.
- Public Library of Science–Genetics – A peer-reviewed open access journal with full articles available. [updated link]
- The Visual Embryo – A visual guide through fetal development from fertilization through pregnancy to birth.
- Your Baby Week by Week – A pictorial essay by BabyCenter
- Braveman, P. & Gruskin, S. (2003). Defining Equity in Health. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 57(4), 254-258.
- Unnatural Causes… is inequality making us sick? DVD. Created by Larry Adelman. San Francisco, CA: California Newsreel.
- YouTube (2010). TEDxRainier – Stephen Bezruchka.
- Rosling, H. (2007). New insights on poverty and life around the world. (19 min.)
- Rosling, H. (2006). Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you’ve ever seen. (20 min.)
- UNICEF Videos. Midwife Training in Afghanistan – Just one of many UNICEF videos on YouTube.
- Doak, C., Doak, L., & Root, J. (1996). Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills. New York, NY: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-0397551613. The book can be purchased at Amazon or the full text can be downloaded for free here.
- Renkert, S. & Nutbeam, D. (2001). Opportunities to improve maternal health literacy through antenatal education: An exploratory study. Health Promotion International 16(4), 381-388.
- Health Literacy Out Loud Podcasts: Monthly podcasts on health literacy issues including teaching health topics using a variety of different methods (storytelling, humor, etc.), health disparities, creating written material for clients/ patients. From experts in the field.
- Health Literacy – Helen Osborne: This site has many wonderful articles on health literacy. Look under the resource section.
- Castro, M. (1993). Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Baby’s First Year. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press. ISBN 978-0312088095
- Geraghty, B. (1997). Homeopathy for Midwives. London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0443057083
- Gladstar, R. (1993). Herbal Healing for Women. New York, NY: Fireside. ISBN 978-0671767679
- Hudson, T. (2007). Women’s Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine: Alternative Therapies and Integrative Medicine for Total Health and Wellness. New York: NY: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0071464734
- McIntyre, A. (2003). The Herbal for Mother and Child. New York, NY: Thorsons. ISBN 978-0007139286
- Mongan, M. (2005). HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method (3rd ed.). Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc. ISBN: 978-0757302664
- Moskowitz, R. (1992). Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1556431371
- Romm, A. (2009). Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health. St. Louis, MO: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN: 978-0443072772. An evidence-based survey of herbal medicine use for women throughout the lifespan.
- Romm, A. (2003). Naturally Healthy Babies and Children: A Commonsense Guide to Herbal Remedies, Nutrition, and Health. New York, NY: Celestial Arts. ISBN 978-1587611926
- Romm, A. (2003). The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices. New York, NY: Celestial Arts. ISBN: 978-1587611780
- Soule, D. (2011). The Woman’s Handbook of Healing Herbs: A Guide to Natural Remedies. New York, NY: Skyhorse. ISBN: 978-1616082765
- Weed, S. (1986). Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year. Woodstock, NY: Ash Tree Publishing. ISBN 978-0961462017
- Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Babies : A YouTube video on the safety and uses of homeopathy.
- Homeopathy—Just Good Medicine: A YouTube video introduction to homeopathy.
- ABC Homeopathy : Includes an online remedy finder and extensive information about many homeopathic remedies.
- American Botanical Council : A source for herbal medicine information.
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine Service: Searchable evidence-based summaries for herbs, botanicals, and supplements, including constituents, mechanism of action, usage, adverse reactions, and interactions.
- Cunningham, F. et al. (2014). Williams’ Obstetrics (24th ed.). New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. ISBN 978-0071497015 [updated link]
- Davis, E. (2012). Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (5th ed.). Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts. ISBN 978-1607742432
- Frye, A. (2004). Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 2: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor Through the First Hours After Birth. Labrys Press. Portland: OR. ISNB 978-1891145605. – This volume covers the anatomy, physiology, and possible complications of the mother and baby from the onset of labor to a few hours postpartum.
- Gilpin-Blake, D. and Elliot, S. (2001). Natural Alternative to Suturing. Midwifery Today 60.
- Posner, G., Black, A., Jones, G., and Dy, J. (2013). Oxorn Foote Human Labor and Birth (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0071740289
- Simkin, P., Ancheta, R. (2011). The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia (3rd ed.). Wiley-Blackwell. Chichester: West Sussex. ISBN 978-1444337716. – A must-have book on non-invasive interventions to prevent or help manage a difficult labor.
- Walsh, D. (2012). Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth: A Guide for Midwives. Routledge. New York: NY. ISBN 978-0415577328. – Evidence based research on childbirth that supports a low intervention approach. The second edition gives background information before discussing the research, and includes questions for reflexion, skills sections and practice recommendations generated from the evidence.
- A woman’s journey to a VBAC
- Amniotomy video – Video instructions on how to perform AROM.
- Birth Videos – Access to many free birth videos including home, hospital and water births.
- IOM Workshop on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings – The Institutes of Medicine Committee on Research Issues in the Assessment of Birth Settings held a public workshop on March 6-7, 2013. Presentations and discussions highlighted research findings on the effects of maternal care services in different birth settings on maternal labor, clinical procedures, and birth outcomes. The workshop considered research on different organizational models of care delivery, workforce requirements, and patient and provider satisfaction levels. Video recordings and presentation materials from the workshop are available on the IOM website. [updated link]
- iBirth application for Iphones and Androids – This application educates women about the stages of labor and birth, and includes videos of various comfort measures women can follow along.
- InJoy Videos – DVDs, teaching guides, handouts, and webinars on childbirth and parenting education.
- Inside Pregnancy – Labor and Birth 3D animation.
- Labor and Birth Powerpoint following the 5 P’s
- Pregnancy and Birth Animations – 3-D animations of the stages of birth including common complications.
- Baby Center. Inside Labor and Birth: simple but informational visualizations.
- Birthing Naturally. (2004). Virtual Labor Game: Make decisions as labor progresses.
- Boston University School of Medicine:
- The Bradley Method of Husband Coached Natural Childbirth. (2013). Why take classes in The Bradley Method of natural childbirth?
- Episiotomy -Operational Medicine. This page links to a free, downloadable video demonstrating the making of an episiotomy, and a video showing a midline episiotomy being sutured.
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2014). Intrapartum care: care of healthy women and their babies during childbirth. [updated link]
- Northern New England Perinatal Quality Improvement Network (NNEPQIN). This voluntary consortium of organizations in VT, NH, and ME offers guidelines and resources for elective labor induction, indicated labor induction, obesity, emergency cesarean, perinatal HIV, VBAC, and home birth.
- WHO Recommendations for the Prevention and Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage (2012).
- WHO recommendations for prevention and treatment of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia (2011). [updated link]
- World Health Organization (2008). Midwifery education modules – second edition.
- World Health Organization (2007). Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth: A guide for midwives and doctors.
- World Health Organization (2001). Management of pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period in the presence of female genital mutilation: Report of a WHO technical consultation.
- Bickley, L. (2012).Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History-Taking (11th ed.) London: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-1609137625
- Reddy, S. (1998). Latex Allergy. American Family Physician 57(1), 93-100.
- Ball, J.W., et al. (2014). Siedel’s Guide to Physical Examination (8th ed.) St. Louis, MO: Mosby. ISBN 978-0323055703 [updated link]
- Gilpin-Blake, D. and Elliot, S. (2001). A Natural Alternative to Suturing. Midwifery Today 60.
- Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers. (1991). A New View of a Woman’s Body. San Diego, CA: Feminist Health Press. ISBN 978-0962994500
- Jarvis, C. (2015). Physical Examination and Health Assessment (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. ISBN 978-1437701517 [updated link]
- Pelvimetry (videos)
- ACNM Speculum Examination Training
- Cord Blood Banking. An organization promoting awareness for both current and future stem cell treatments devoted to being the most comprehensive resource available for families.
- OBGYN Skills Lab – Brookside Press : Links to short videos and instructions for a variety of clinical procedures, including pelvic exams, wet mounts, breast exam, venipuncture, vaginal birth, breech birth, and more. Videos are from an obstetrical perspective, but provide clear depictions of skills and processes.
- Allison, J. (1996). Delivered At Home. London: Chapman & Hall. ISBN 9780412563003 – This book publishes the results of a study that examined the life and work of a large group of district midwives in England.
- Ament, L. (2006). Professional Issues In Midwifery. Jones & Bartlett Publishers. Sudbury: MA. ISBN 978-0763728366. – This book takes an inside look at the current issues and the future path of the midwifery profession in the USA.
- Block, J. (2007). Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care. Cambridge, MA: De Capo Lifelong. ISBN 9780738210735 – This narrative investigation surveys the public health impact of routine labor inductions, C-sections, and epidurals and examines childbirth as a women’s rights issue.
- Borst, C. (1995). Catching Babies: The Professionalization of Childbirth, 1870-1920. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674102620 – This book examines the move to physician-attended birth within the context of particular communities in four counties in Wisconsin.
- Breckinridge, M. (1981). Wide Neighborhoods: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press. ISBN 9780813101491 – This autobiography of Mary Breckinridge details the history of the Frontier Nursing Service nurse-midwives, the first of their profession in this country, who proved that high mortality rates and malnutrition need not be the norm in rural areas.
- Cassidy, T. (2007). Birth: The Surprising History of How We Are Born (reprint edition). Grove Press. New York: NY. ISBN 978-0802143242. – This book describes the history of childbirth and explores different factors that influence how women birth.
- Crichton, J. (1986). Delivery: A Nurse-Midwife’s Story. Warner Books. ISBN 978-0446513319. – The life story of a nurse-midwife in American maternity wards.
- Davis-Floyd, R. (1993). Birth as an American Rite of Passage. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520084315 – This anthropological text considers the following question: “Why do so many American women allow themselves to become enmeshed in the standardized routines of technocratic childbirth–routines that can be insensitive, unnecessary, and even unhealthy?”
- Davis-Floyd, R., Barclay, L., & Tritten, J. (2009). Birth Models That Work. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520258914 – This book undertakes a search of “birth models that work,” in both developing and industrialized nations, in and effort to improve the standard of care for mothers and families everywhere.
- Davis-Floyd, R. & Johnson, C. (2006). Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 9780415931519 – This text describes the development of nurse- and direct-entry midwifery in the United States, including the creation of the Certified Midwife and the Certified
- De Vries, R., Benoit, C., van Teijlingen, E., & Wrede, S. (2001). Birth By Design: Pregnancy, Maternity Care and Midwifery in North America and Europe. New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 9780415923385 – This book presents the leading research in maternity care from the United States, Canada and Europe and discusses systems of care for pregnancy and childbirth.
- Ehrenreich, B., English, D. Witches, Midwives, and Nurses: A History of Women Healers. – This article explores the history behind the suppression and persecution of witches in medieval Europe and the rise of male practitioners in the USA. It was published as a book in 2010 by The Feminist Press at CUNY, ISBN 978-1558616615. [updated link]
- Evenden, D. (2000). The Midwives of Seventeenth-Century London. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521661072 – This comprehensive study examines the private and professional lives of early modern midwives living in 17th-century London.
- Flint, C. (1995). Communicating Midwifery: Twenty Years of Experience. Hale, UK: Books for Midwives Press. ISBN 9781898507192 – This collection of articles by the President of the Royal College of Midwives covers the development of the British midwifery profession in the last quarter of the 20th century.
- Gaskin, I. (2011). Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press. ISBN 9781583229279 – In this text, Gaskin addresses birth as a women’s rights issue and asks us to trust women, to value birth, and to find a balance between modern life and the primordial experience of childbearing.
- Gelbart, N. (1998). The King’s Midwife: A History and Mystery of Madame du Coudray. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520221574 – This biography explores the life of Madame Angélique Marguerite Le Boursier du Coudray, who was commissioned by Louis XV to travel throughout France teaching the art of childbirth to illiterate peasant women.
- Gruber, R. (2000). Raquela: A Woman of Israel. Three Rivers Press. New York: NY. ISBN 978-0930395179. – This biography of Raquela Prywes looks at the early years of Israel’s statehood through the eyes of a nurse. Raquela served as a midwife to Holocaust survivors, Bedouin women, and Jewish immigrants, tended the wounded during the 1948 War of Independence, and helped found the first hospital in the desert frontier of Beerhseba. The book won the National Jewish Book Award in 1978.
- Hagood, M.J. (1977). Mothers of the South: Portraiture of the White Tenant Farm Woman. W. W. Norton & Co. New York: NY. ISBN 978-0393008166. – This study serves to better understand the rural white tenant farm mothers from North Carolina and in the Deep South, and their problems.
- Harman, P. (2011). Arms Wide Open: A Midwife’s Journey. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. ISBN 9780807001387 – This autobiography follows the life a Minnesota midwife and juxtaposes her early experiences with 1970’s counterculture midwifery to a more modern picture of practice.
- Holloway, K. (2006). Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press. ISBN 9781577664352. – This biography/autobiography details the life of Monique Dembele, an “accidental midwife” in Mali, and Kris Holloway, the young Peace Corps volunteer who became her closest confidante.
- Kitzinger, S. (1991). The Midwife Challenge. London: Pandora. ISBN 9780044408451 – This text considers midwifery practices around the globe, and it explores the divide in developing nations between a desire to emulate Western medicine and a desire to preserve indigenous culture.
- Laderman, C. (1987). Wives and Midwives: Childbirth and Nutrition in Rural Malaysia. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520060364 – This cultural study paints a picture of the daily life of rural Malays with a focus on their dietary practices and the ritual and medical aspects of their childbirth practices.
- Lay, M. (2000). The Rhetoric of Midwifery: Gender, Knowledge, and Power. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813527796 – This text is an analysis of the public discussion over non-academically trained direct-entry midwives within Minnesota, and it details the history of midwifery to highlight ongoing concerns within and about the profession.
- Leavitt, J. (1988). Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America, 1750-1950. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195056907 – Based on personal accounts by birthing women and their medical attendants, this book reveals how childbirth has changed from colonial times to the present.
- Leonard, C. (2008). Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga. Hopkinton, NH: Bad Beaver Publishing. ISBN 9780615195506 – This autobiography portrays both a dedicated midwife’s practice and the story of midwifery as a profession in New Hampshire through the life of midwife Carol Leonard.
- Logan, O., & Clark, K. (1989). Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife’s Story. New York, NY: Dutton. ISBN 9780452265561 – In this book, an Alabama midwife recalls her 40-year career, describing how she began her life’s work and her eventual acceptance by the medical community.
- McGregor, D. (1998). From Midwives to Medicine: The Birth of American Gynecology. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813525723 – This book explores the life and practice of the “father of gynecology,” J. Marion Sims, as well as a history of women’s health in the mid-1800s and the development of modern medical treatment of women.
- Penfield, C. (1997). Sisters on a Journey: Portraits of American Midwives. London: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813524085 – This book is a collection of twenty-seven profiles, complete with interviews and photographs, of contemporary American midwives.
- Redditt-Lyon, E. (1982). Mabel: The Story of One Midwife. Corvalis, OR: Red Lyon Publishing. ISBN 9780941894012 – This book recounts the story of Mabel, a midwife who made the journey from Ghana to Portland, Oregon and who, on being refused a job by the local maternity ward, decided to make a name for herself in the homebirth community.
- Rooks, J. (1999). Midwifery and Childbirth in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. ISBN 978-1566395656
- Rothman, B. (1982). In Labor: Women and Power in the Birthplace. New York, NY: Norton. ISBN 9780393307986 – This text considers women’s health and childbirth through a feminist sociological lens.
- Simkins, G. (2011). Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives. Spirituality & Health Books. Traverse City: MI. ISBN 978-0981870854. – This book explores the history and mission of midwifery through the stories of midwives themselves.
- Simonds, W., Katz-Rothman, B., & Norman, B. (2007). Laboring On: Birth in Transition in the United States . New York, NY: Routledge. ISBN 9780415946636 – This feminist sociological analysis of birth in the United States gives a comprehensive picture of both changing American birth practices and conflicting visions of birth practitioners.
- Starr, P. (1984). The Social Transformation of American Medicine: The rise of a sovereign profession and the making of a vast industry. New York, NY: Basic Books. ISBN 978-0465079353
- Ulrich, L. (1991). A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. New York, NY: Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679733768 – Drawing material from the diaries of a midwife in eighteenth-century Maine, this book highlights medical practices, household economies, and various other aspects of early New England life.
- Vincent, P. (2002). Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife. New York, NY: Scribner. ISBN 0743219341 – Peggy Vincent’s biography contains vivid, sometimes harrowing, and often hilarious accounts of some of the births that she attended as a midwife, and it calls upon us to rethink the overly-technical hospitalization of birth in favor of individualized, parent-centered care.
- Wagner, M. (1994). Pursuing the Birth Machine. Camperdown, AUS: ACE Graphics. ISBN 9780646168371 – This book posits that it is the inexpensive, low-tech initiatives, such as addressing poverty, that truly reduce bad birth outcomes, and it explores the fact that the countries with the best outcomes rely on independent midwives for primary maternity care.
- Wagner, M. (2006). Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First. Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520245969 – This text assesses the flawed American maternity care system, demonstrating how it fails to deliver safe, effective care for either mothers or babies.
- Wertz, R., & Wertz, C. (1989). Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300040876
- A Midwife’s Tale – A PBS dramatic film based on the diary of Martha Ballard, a midwife who practiced in rural Maine in the late 18th century.
- Banks, G. (Producer/Director). (2012). The Face of Birth [DVD]. Australia. – This movie discusses the importance of respecting and protecting a woman’s right to choose how, where, and with home she gives birth. While the movie focuses on birth in Australia, the concepts can be applied globally.
- Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing History and Tradition
- Gaskin, I.M., Feigal, P.B. (2006). With Woman: A documentary about women, midwives & birth. True Story Productions. – Told through eyes of legendary midwife Ina May Gaskin, this film explores the out-of-hospital birth experience of three families.
- The History of Midwifery in the US
- Lamm, S., & Wigmore, M. (Directors) (2012). Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives [DVD]. United States: On and Beyond. ASIN: B00CBSLO6I. – This documentary tells the story of Ina May Gaskin and her friends, who taught themselves how to deliver babies on a 1970’s hippie commune and changed the way many thought about childbirth.
- Miss Margaret (PREVIEW) – Documentary of a Granny Grand midwife.
- Monroe, S. The Legacy of the Black Midwife – Series of 6 videos on YouTube
- Recent History of Midwifery & Obstetrics (Part 1)
- Reclaiming Birth – a brief history of childbirth options
- Stoney, G. (2007). All My Babies [DVD]. Chatsworth, CA: Image Entertainment. – This film tells the story of a “granny” Grand midwife in rural Georgia in the 1950’s.
- Citizens for Midwifery. – A non-profit, grassroots organization, founded by mothers.
- “I Am a Midwife” – This free series of 6 videos was developed by the Midwives Alliance of North America to demonstrate the work of more than 40 midwives in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, in all childbirth settings. The videos describe why midwifery care is safe, satisfying, and cost-effective, considers how midwifery care reduces health disparities, and explores the full range of services a midwife provides. [updated link]
- International Center for Traditional Childbearing. – ICTC is a non-profit infant mortality prevention, breastfeeding support, and midwife training organization, comprised of women and men who want to improve birth outcomes and provide training opportunities in their communities.
- International Confederation of Midwives. – ICM works to strengthen professional associations of midwives throughout the world.
- International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. – An organization bringing together professional OB/GYN societies from around the world to tackle global women’s issues.
- Midwifery Today – A trade publication for midwives and other childbirth professionals.
- Midwives Alliance of North America – MANA is a professional organization dedicated to unifying and strengthening the profession of midwifery.
- National Association of Certified Professional Midwives – The role of NACPM is to increase women’s access to midwifery care by removing the barriers to the care provided by CPMs.
- North American Registry of Midwives – NARM helps the midwifery profession by supporting advocacy efforts for legal recognition of CPM’s at the state and federal level.
- Private Practice. (2011). HIPAA for Midwifery 101: Part 1 – The Basics. – The aim of this article is to clarify what is HIPAA, why it matters and steps one can take in their practice to be more HIPAA compliant.
- Davis, E. (2012). Heart and Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth (5th ed.). Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1607742432
- Enkin, M., Keirse, M., Neilson, J., Crowther, C., Duley, L., Hodnett, E., et al. (2000). A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Oxford Medical Publications. ISBN 978-0192631732 [updated link]
- Marshall, J.E. & Raynor, M.D. (2014). Myles’ Textbook for Midwives (16th ed.). London: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780702041310 [updated link]
- Frye, A. (2008). Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 1: Care During Pregnancy (Revised). Portland, OR: Labrys Press. ISBN 978-1891145551
- Frye, A. (2013). Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 2: Care of the Mother and Baby from the Onset of Labor Through the First Hours After Birth (2nd ed). Portland, OR: Labrys Press. ISBN 978-1891145605 [updated link]
- Johnson, R., and Taylor, W. (2010). Skills for Midwifery Practice (3rd ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0702044809
- Macdonald, S. & Magill-Cuerden, J. (2011). Mayes’ Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives (14th ed.). London: Bailliere Tindall. ISBN 978-0702052330
- Marshall, J., and Raynor, M. (2009). Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 978-0702030062
- Posner, G., Black, A., Jones, G., and Dy, J. (2013). Oxorn Foote Human Labor and Birth (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0071740289
- Schuiling, K.D., Likis, F.E. (2012). Women’s Gynecological Health (2nd ed). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 978-0763756376 [updated link]
- Sinclair, C. (2004). A Midwife’s Handbook. Saunders. ISBN: 978-0721681689 [updated link]
- Tharpe, N., Farley C., Jordan RG. (2012). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health (4th ed). Jones & Bartlett Learning. ISBN 978-1449645755 [updated link]
- Walsh, L. (2001). Midwifery: Community Based Health Care During the Childbearing Year. Philadelphia, PA: W. B. Saunders Co. ISBN 9780721647166
- King, T.L., Brucker, M.C., Kriebs, J., Fahey, J.O., Gegor, C. & Varney, H. (2013). Varney’s Midwifery (5th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barrlett Publishers. ISBN 9780763718565 [updated link]
- Monroe, S. The Legacy of the Black Midwife – Series of 6 videos on YouTube
- “Midwifery Today” YouTube Channel – Includes “Tricks of the Trade” videos, interviews and conference videos.
- Midwives Alliance of North America. I Am a Midwife Campaign. – This is a series of videos on midwives and what they do; available on YouTube. [updated link]
- Paul, D., & Ferrel, F. (Directors). (2008). Birth Day [DVD/NTSC]. Tiburon, CA: Sage Femme. [updated link]
- StudentMidwife.net Midwifery, Pregnancy, & Birth Videos – Instructional and explanatory videos including AROM, external version, perineal repair as well as birth videos
- Tonetti-Vladimorova, E. (Producer/Director). (2006). Birth As We Know It [DVD]. Sentient Circle. – A guide to “Conscious Birth.” Also covers conscious conception, circumcision, lotus birth, and sexuality of birth.
- Tully, G. (2011). Resolving Shoulder Dystocia [DVD/NTSC]. United States: Maternity House Publishing.
- American College of Nurse Midwives: use search function for articles, research and practice standards
- American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Gentle Birth Archives from Ronie Falcao, LM, MS, CPM
- Global Library of Women’s Medicine. Includes links to information in many topics of women’s health, surgical videos, diagnostic testing and global safe motherhood issues.
- Midwifery Today
- Our Bodies, Ourselves Health Resources Center: Website full of resources covering topics of women’s health such as sexuality, pregnancy, menopause, nutrition, general health, contraception and abuse. Includes selections from the books.
- World Health Organization: Midwifery.
- Citizens for Midwifery
- Blackburn, S. (2012). Maternal, Fetal, & Neonatal Physiology (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. ISBN 9781437716238
- Save the Children. State of the World’s Mothers. [updated link]
- Tappero, E. & Honeyfield, M. (2014). Physical Assessment of the Newborn: A Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Examination (5th ed.). Petaluma, CA: NICU INK Book Publishers. ISBN 9781887571173 [updated link]
- Thureen, P., Hall, D., Deacon, J., & Hernandez, J. (2004). Assessment and Care of the Well Newborn (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. ISBN 9780721603933
- Examination of the Newborn – CD-ROM training modules that cover the entire newborn examination.
- Newborn Examination – Stanford School of Medicine : A step-by-step instructional guide, including photos, for performing a complete newborn exam.
- The New Ballard Score – Detailed instructions on performing gestational age assessment using the New Ballard Score. Includes video demonstrations.
- Examination of the Newborn Online – Online training modules using real-life video. Aimed at midwifery students and practicing midwives.
- Derbyshire, E. (2011). Nutrition in the Childbearing Years. West Sussex, UK: Wiley Publishing. ISBN 978-1444333053
- Fallon, S. (1999). Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutritions and Diet Dictocrats. Washington, D.C: New Trends Publishing. ISBN 978-0967089737
- Lim, R. (2004). Eating for Two: Recipes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women. Celestial Arts. ISBN 978-1587611827
- Marz, R. (1999). Medical Nutrition from Marz (2nd ed.). Quiet Lion Press. ISBN 978-1882550289
- Nestle. M. (2006). What to Eat. New York: North Point Press. ISBN 978-0865477049
- Pollan, M. (2009). Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1101163160
- Pollan, M. (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. London: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1594201455
- Romm, A. (2014). The Natural Pregnancy Book, 3rd ed. New York: Ten Speed Press. ISBN 978-1607744498
- Wardlaw, G.M. and Smith, A. (2014). Contemporary Nutrition: A Functional Approach. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 978-0078021391
- Worthington-Roberts, B. & Williams, S. (1996). Nutrition In Pregnancy and Lactation (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill. ISBN 978-0815195221
- Nutrition During Pregnancy (ACOG) — A short, FAQ-style document addressing common questions women have about nutrition in pregnancy.
- Fish in Pregnancy — The Mayo Clinic’s guide to fish safety in pregnancy.
- Nutrition Data — A searchable database of nutritional information and in-depth analysis of most foods, both whole and processed.
- Weston A. Price Foundation — The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated nonindustrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfect health generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats.
- Briggs, G., Freeman, R., & Yaffe, S. (2014). Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk (10th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins. ISBN 978-1608317080 [updated link]
- Edmunds, M., and Mayhew, M. (2013). Pharmacology for the Primary Care Provider (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. ISBN 978-0323051316 [updated link]
- Youngkin, E., Sawin, K., Kissinger, J., & Israel, D. (2004) Pharmacotherapeutics: A Primary Care Clinical Guide (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0130497628
- “Administering an Intramuscular” and “Intramuscular Z-track Injection” (videos)
- “Drawing Up From a Vial” and “Drawing From an Ampule” (videos)
- Clinical Teratology Web – University of Washington. This website will give you access to the University of Washington’s extensive teratogen data. Look around. You’ll see that CARE Northwest has the latest information about a specific drug. TERIS (teratogen information system) is a very expensive subscription designed for hospitals or group practices. But from the first page you see at the above address, click on the first “TERIS” option you see (it’s in the first line of text), and the page you are taken to will give an option to see a sample entry on methotrexate. Take a look and you’ll learn everything you ever wanted to know about methotrexate in pregnancy.
- Cheng, C., Fowles, E., Walker, L. (2006 Summer). Postpartum Maternal Health Care in the United States: A Critical Review. J. of Perinatal Education 15(3): 34-42. doi: 10.1624/105812406X119002
- Curtis, B.L. (2007). Baby Moon Bliss. Natural Life Magazine.
- Daoshing, N., Chen, J. (2010). Sitting Moon: A Guide to Rejuvenation after Pregnancy. Sevenstar Communications. ISBN 978-1887575294 [updated link]
- Essential Elements of Good Postpartum Care (2002). Midwifery Today, 61.
- Grant, P. (2011, Nov. 2). Mothering the Mother: The Importance of Postpartum Care. Mothering
- Groffe, J. (2011). Revisioning Postpartum Care in the United States: Global Perspectives. [updated link]
- Kitzinger, S. (1996). The Year After Childbirth: Enjoying Your Body, Your Relationships, and Your Baby’s First Year. Fireside. ISBN 978-0684825205 [updated link]
- Lim, R. (2004). After the Baby’s Birth: A Complete Guide for Postpartum Women (rvsd edition). Celestial Arts. ISBN 978-1587611100 [updated link]
- Romm, A. (2002). Natural Health After Birth: The Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness. Healing Arts Press. ISBN 978-0892819300 [updated link]
- Revised Recommendations for the Use of Contraceptive Methods in the Postpartum Period from the CDC, 2011.
- American Pregnancy Association (2013). Cesarean Birth After Care.
- Solace For Mothers – Resources for healing after traumatic birth. Website by Sharon Storton. Read her Midwifery Today article here.
- Postpartum Support International
- National Women’s History Museum: Profiles in Motherhood. A changing exhibit portraying stories of motherhood in all of its forms.
- Blackburn, S. (2012). Maternal, Fetal, & Neonatal Physiology (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders. ISBN 978-1437716238
- Cunningham, F., Leveno K., Bloom, S.,et al. (2014). Williams Obstetrics (24th ed). New York: NY. The McGraw-Hill Companies. ISBN 978-0071497015. – This textbook is considered essential for the practice of obstetrics and provides relevant information for midwives. [updated link]
- Enkin, M., Keirse, M., Neilson, J., et al. (2000). A Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (3rd ed). Oxford: NY. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0192631732. – This text provides evidence-based research on the effects of primary care during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. [updated link]
- Frye, A. (2010). Holistic Midwifery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice, Vol. 1: Care During Pregnancy (revised). Portland: OR. Labrys Press. ISBN 978-1891145551. – This classic homebirth midwifery textbook includes a spectrum of topics ranging from conception to the onset of labor. [updated link]
- Greene, M.F., Creasy, R.K., Resnik, R., Iams, J.D., et al. (2013). Creasy and Resnik’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Principles and Practice (7th ed). Philadelphia: PA. Saunders Elsevier. ISBN 978-1416042242. – This textbook provides in-depth information on obstetrical, medical, genetic and surgical complications of pregnancy and their effects on the mother and fetus. This reference book can now be accessed online. [updated link]
- King, T.L., Brucker, M.C., Kriebs, J., Fahey, J.O., Gegor, C. & Varney, H. (2013). Varney’s Midwifery (5th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Barrlett Publishers. ISBN 9780763718565 – This is an essential reference book for all midwives, reflecting the midwifery scope of practice. [updated link]
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Pregnancy
- American Pregnancy Association [updated link]
- Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AHWONN)
- CDC: Pregnancy Information Center
- Mayo Clinic: Pregnancy Week by Week
- National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
- Strong Start Initiative
- California Newsreel. (2008). Edited Interview with Dr. Camara Jones Research Director on Social Determinants of Health, Centers for Disease Control.
- Callister, L., & Birkhead, A. (2002). Acculturation and perinatal outcomes in Mexican immigrant childbearing women: An integrative review. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing 16(3), 22-38. [updated link]
- Howell, E., Mora, P., Horowitz, C., & Leventhal, H. (2005). Racial and ethnic differences in factors associated with early postpartum depressive symptoms. Obstetrics and Gynecology 105(6), 1442-1450. [updated link]
- International Center for Traditional Childbearing. (2001). The Oregon Black Birth Survey: 2011 Black Women’s Birth Survey. Portland, OR: ICTC.
- Jackson, F., Phillips, M., Hogue, C., & Curry-Owens, T. (2001). Examining the burdens of gendered racism: implications for pregnancy outcomes among college-educated African American women. Maternal and Child Health Journal 5(2), 95-107. [updated link]
- Kornelsen, J., Kotaska, A., Waterfall, P., Willie, L., & Wilson, D. (2010). The geography of belonging: The experience of birthing at home for First Nations women. Health & Place 16(4), 638-645. [updated link]
- Park, J., Vincent, D., & Hastings-Tolsma, M. (2007). Disparity in prenatal care among women of colour in the USA. Midwifery 23(1), 28-37. [updated link]
- VIDEO: Crisis in the Crib: Saving Our Nation’s Babies
- AUDIO: Norris, M. (2011). Why Black Women, Infants Lag in Birth Outcomes. NPR, All Things Considered.
- Aduboffour, A.E. (2010). Sex and Romance During Pregnancy and After the Birth: What expectant couples need to know. AuthorHouse. ISBN 978-1452022741. – This book for expectant couples includes facts, myths and tips about sex during pregnancy and the postpartum period. [updated link]
- Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, Norsigian, J. (2011). Our Bodies, Ourselves. New York: NY. Touchstone. ISBN 978-1439190661. – Covering many topics in woman’s health and sexuality across the lifespan, this book has been a classic women’s health reference.
- Lewis, J.A., Black, J.J. (2006). Sexuality in Women of Childbearing Age. Journal of Perinatal Education 15(2), 29–35. doi: 10.1624/105812406X10779 – This article discusses changes in women’s sexuality through pregnancy, postpartum and infertility and recommendations for health care providers.
- SexSmart Films – Website of sexual education videos, PSAs and shorts about sexual orientation (some free).
- The Kinsey Institute: Advancing Sexual Health and Knowledge Worldwide. Sexuality Information Links – This page contains many links to a variety of topics in sexual health. Explore other areas of this website, including the Institute’s online library.
- Medscape. Women’s Sexual Health – This site requires readers to have an account (free) and includes links to articles about news and new research in women’s sexual health topics.
- MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory. Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching at MIT. This downloadable handbook provides literature-based strategies for effective teaching methods.
- Eastern Iowa Community College District. Ten Myths About Online Courses (for students).
- Educause Quarterly. How Students Develop Online Learning Skills. [updated link]
- Faculty Focus Website. Preparing Your Online Students for the Tough Weeks Ahead.
- Illinois Online Network. Self Evaluation for Potential Online Students.
- Study Guides and Strategies – Covers topics such as time and project management, adult learning strategies, study skills and further resources.
- Study Skills – Tips, test-taking strategies, time management and note taking advice.
- Miller, J., & Garran, A. (2008). Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions. Belmont, CA: Thomas Brooks/Cole. ISBN 0495004758
- Garcia, R. (2004). The misuse of race in medical diagnosis. Pediatrics 113(5), 1394-1395.
- Butler, S. (2008). Mirrors of privilege: Making whiteness visible. [streaming video]
- Butler, S. (2003). Light in the Shadows: Staying at the Table When the Conversation About Race Gets Hard. [streaming video]
- Butler, S. (1998). The Way Home: Women Talk About Race in America. [streaming video]
- Butler, S. (2012). Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. [streaming video]
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000). “A discussion with Camara P. Jones MD, MPH, PhD.” CityMatCH. Flash video file.
- Jones, C.P. (2015). Achieving health equity: Naming, measuring and addressing racism and other systems of structured inequity. UW School of Medicine Grand Rounds lecture.
- Jones, C.P. (2014). Allegories on race and racism. TEDxEmory.
- American Broadcasting Corporation (1991). “Prime Time Live: True Colors.” YouTube. Flash video file. Part 1 and Part 2.
- McIntosh, P. (2008). “Unpacking the invisible knapsack.” YouTube. Flash video file.
- Wise, T. (2008). “The pathology of privilege: Racism, white denial & the costs of inequality.”
- Public Broadcasting System. (2003). FRONTLINE: A Class Divided.
- Jones, O. (2010). “Dr. Jones gives 6 rules for allies.” Flash video file.
- PBS website for the documentary “RACE: The Power of an Illusion”.
- Maizes, V. and Low Dog, T. (2010). Integrative Women’s Health. London: Oxford UP. ISBN 978-0195378818
- Northrup, C. (2010). Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom: Creating Physical and Emotional Health and Healing (Revised Edition). New York: Bantam Books. ISBN 978-0553386738
- Schuiling, K.D. and Likis, F.E. (2011). Women’s Gynecologic Health, 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN 978-4435000
- Tharpe, N.L., Farley, C.L., and Jordan, R.G. (2012). Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, 4th ed. Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning. ISBN 978-1449645755
- University of Michigan Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Information Regarding Vulvar Diseases. – Links to patient education materials, lectures, guidelines, clinical tips, and related websites.
- Ballenger, B. (2014). The Curious Researcher: A Guide to Writing Research Papers (8th ed.). New York, NY: Longman. ISBN 978-0205172870 [updated link]
- Strunk, W. (2015). Elements of Style. Pacific Publishing Studio. ISBN 978-1453611593. – This reference book focuses on the rules of usage and principles of writing. [updated link]
- American Psychological Association – The basics of APA style tutorial.
- USC Beaufort Library. Bare Bones 101: A Basic Tutorial on Searching the Web
- Writing and Communication Center Resources from MIT offers resources for writers, speakers and teachers.
- Citation Style Guide from MIT provides links to several citation style guides, including APA, MLA and CMS. You can also Google any one of the citation styles to find more resources. [updated link]
- Fairfield University Plagarism Court – An online tutorial that helps students understand what constitutes plagarism.
- Michigan State University Digital Advisor
- OWL: The Online Writing Center at Purdue University Online help with all your writing questions – everything from the writing process to grammar and mechanics to research and citation.
- The Writing Lab at Purdue – They answer questions from all over the world via email. They do NOT proofread papers, so make sure your question is short, specific and to the point.
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