Like any profession, one of the most useful tools in midwifery is to have a comprehensive reference guide at your disposal. During childbirth there is always the possibility of something transpiring that does not fit the 'norm' of delivery, requiring a strong foundation of knowledge for immediate application. At Cascade we carry a truly extensive selection of educational resources on midwifery, but the literature we have on practical skills application by Anne Frye is by far among the best.
Anne Frye has an extensive background in midwifery that spans over 35 years. At the time of her studies, she became increasingly aware of the lack in midwifery resource materials for practical application. She started writing while still in clinical training and after graduation she began teaching midwifery skills workshops at Informed Homebirth, Inc., with a literary career already unfolding.
Frye's books are extensive and extremely thorough. From Holistic Midwifery Volume I and Volume II to numerous editions of her works Healing Passage and Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, Frye presents information in a clear, concise and thorough manner that makes it easy to follow and reference. It will be hard not to refer to her books as midwifery encyclopedias as their breadth and appearance are clear indicators that they reach areas of study that few others achieve.
Holistic Midwifery Volume I: Care During Pregnancy, is a comprehensive textbook for midwives in homebirth practice that discusses care from conception through to the onset of labor. It captures the essence of the midwifery model of care by weaving together midwifery knowledge, philosophy and clinical practice.
Holistic Midwifery Volume II: Care During Labor & Birth, contains a number of revisions that focus on clinical care. Particular emphasis is placed on the latest material on neonatal resuscitation, assisting breech births and dealing with shoulder dystocia, fetal-to-newborn cardiopulmonary transition and more.
Healing Passage: A Midwife's Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth, 6th Edition, is a complete guide to the care of the pelvic tissues and explores theories about perineal responses to fetal descent and how to prepare for and support a tear-free birth. This book can be used as a step-by-step manual for learning to suture, with chapters on equipment, how to use common surgical tools, tying knots and creating stitches.
Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, 7th Edition, helps practitioners understand diagnostic tests and provides a holistic perspective on test results. It is an invaluable resource for parents and childbirth professionals from midwives to doulas, educators and nurses.
For midwives and student-midwives, Anne Frye's resource books will prove to be a constant go-to, no matter what stage of study or practice you are in. They are also excellent guides for understanding the different surgical instruments and equipment commonly used in midwifery, as well as the application of each in various situations.
Written By: Samantha Darling for Cascade HealthCare Products
Midwifery Educational Books, Cascade HealthCare Products: http://www.1cascade.com/c/10426/midwifery
Official Information and Resource Site for Anne Frye and Labrys Press: http://www.midwiferybooks.com/