Today’s environmental health class was on toxicology, which reminded me of a great book I read this summer.  The book is called Origins, and it is all about epigenetics of fetal development. Don’t worry, it isn’t a scientific text. The author explores the latest research into what affects who your baby will be in simple English. Enjoy.Read More →

The photo is sideways, but this is my latest read. Yes, it’s a little old- 1998 copyright. But my reproductive program management instructor recommended it, and I trust him. The book chronicles the global burden of disease from reproduction, and is an attempt to begin defining the scope of reproductive health. I already took a class that introduced me to the major indicators used in reproductive health, but I expect this will help me understand more about how to make measurements work, and to identify problems with published numbers. Of particulate interest is the inclusion of problems from the misuse of technology. I am eagerRead More →

I’ve been reading Into These Hands for one of my midwifery classes so I thought I would share a little about it with you. The book is a collection of stories from a variety of midwives who have been involved in birth for over 20 years each.  They represent hospital, birth center and homebirth midwives. They represent DEMs, CPMs and CNMs.  They represent many ethnicities and work everywhere from rural areas to major urban centers. I’m personally not liking the book as much as I had expected.  I find some of the stories difficult to read due to writing styles and the repetitive nature of theRead More →

A friend and colleague recently visited with the intention of discovering what pregnancy and childbirth books I think are important. I explained that I have given away most of my books already, and that what is left is not really consumer materials but midwifery level.  That was fine with her, she wanted to know what I books I will not part with.  Interesting.  Made me wonder if others might want to know what I consider to be key books to keep.  Here are the ones I picked out as my most recommended for her. Books by Gayle Peterson:  I love her philosophy of treating not only theRead More →

I found this book on clearance!  I have to admit I carry it around with me and study during breaks in classes.  It’s that easy to learn from.  Very simply, it is photos with descriptions of various issues. At the end of each section are critical thinking activities – What would you do if you were working with a woman who had this.  Tremendously helpful for someone whose most challenging client had inverted nipples. So, what types of issues are we talking about? Skin issues such as burns, scars and rashes; abscesses; clefting; candidiasis in baby and mom; abrasions; psoriasis; and even inverted nipples. I likeRead More →

Title:  Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care Author: LarryD. Purnell Quoting the author: Culture is defined as the totality of socially transmitted behavioral patterns, beliefs, values, customs, lifeways, arts, and all other products of human work and through characteristics of a population of people that guide their worldview and decision-making. I bought this book because I am taking a culturally competent care class this semester.  It was not required for the class, but was on the list of useful resources.  I’m actually torn on the book. The author breaks down populations by heritage, (so you will have a chapter on Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Cubn, etc) and thenRead More →

I needed something fast to write about today, so I thought I would share about one of my favorite pregnancy books.  It’s not what you would find on most expectant mother’s shelves, but it is certainly something anyone who works with expectant mothers should read. The book?  A guide to effective care in pregnancy and childbirth. It details the research, which I think is nearly all from the Cochrane Collaboration, about pregnancy and childbirth in an attempt to define best practice in care.  The results are fascinating in some areas.  Want to know what I mean?  You can read it online at Childbirth Connection, andRead More →