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 Hardcover
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This book covers everything from delivering babies who aren't in vertex, to homeopathy, to how to recognize a problem, to water births, to what supplies you might want on hand, to evaluating the flow of labor and evaluating newborn well being. It also gives guidence on when to transport.
Please note that this text says that you should review the anatomy and physiology that was covered in the first volume before reading that part of this second volume since much information is not repeated and is necessary to understanding.
Overall I'd highly recommend this text to anyone seeking an unattended birth who wants to be really, really prepared. ...or even to those who will have an attended birth, but just feel better knowing everything. It is a very expensive and extensive (and heavy!) text though, so if you don't truly need it you might not want to bother, but it is enjoyable to read.
Note to midwives: Much of her information on Orthodox Jews is not correct. Please do not go by her information. Check with the woman on her practices and viewpoints and, if you think you will be working with an orthodox women, you may want to speak with some local Orthodox Rabbis as they will be very glad to tell you what you need to know.
Anne Frye has earned the right to rest now upon her laurels, but I feel sure that we will see more of her lovely creations in the future.
In addition to the excellent contents, the book binding is heirloom quality intended to still be usable and tightly bound 100 years from now. Because of poor quality production of the Volume One paperback version, Anne Frye has chosen the highest quality binding and paper quality. I have dozens of midwifery textbooks, but this one would easily replace them all.