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Items in this list may be obtained from the sources cited. Contact information reflects the most current data about the source that has been provided to the MCH Digital Library.

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New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center. n.d.. Childbirth education toolkit. Albany, NY; New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center,

Annotation: This toolkit is for midwives, doulas, and other childbirth educators to introduce newborn screening into midwifery practices and into nontraditional settings including childbirth education classes. Brochures, videos, and other educational materials are provided for the states of New York, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Links to resources for national audiences are provided from the March of Dimes, the Health Services and Resources Administration, Genetic Alliance, and the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation. Materials are available in English and Spanish, with items from Pennsylvania available in Chinese, French, Portuguese, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Contact: Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research, NYS Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, P.O. Box 509, Albany, NY 12201-0509, Telephone: (518) 474-2160 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Childbirth education, Educational materials, Genetic screening, Midwifery, Midwives, Neonatal screening, Newborn infants, Spanish language materials

Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice. 2019. Nurse practitioner and midwifery tool kit. New York, NY: Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice, 7 items.

Annotation: This series of seven toolkits are intended for oral health faculty to download and integrate into their course curricula: (1) Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program, (2) Family Nurse Practitioner Program, (3) Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners Program, (4) Nurse Midwifery Program, (5) Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program, (6) Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioners Program, and (7) Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. The toolkits offer classroom, simulation, and clinical teaching-learning strategies that address population health issues that are relevant to promoting the health of women, children, families, and communities.

Contact: Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice, 433 First Avenue, Sixth Floor, New York, NY 10003, Telephone: (212) 992-7023 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Health promotion, Mental health, Midwifery, Nursing education, Older adults, Oral health, Service integration

United Nations Population Fund, International Confederation of Midwives, World Health Organization. 2014. The state of the world's midwifery: A universal pathway–A woman's right to health. New York, NY: United Nations Population Fund, 218 pp.

Hutson R, Foster L. 2013. The pregnant elephant in the room: The U.S. maternity care crisis. Washington, DC: Grantmakers In Health, 2 pp. (Views from the field)

Annotation: This document focuses on problems with the maternity care system in the United States. Topics include the maternity care crisis, outcomes and quality, implementing the solution, addressing disparities with midwifery care, and the role for health funders.

Contact: Grantmakers In Health, 1100 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20036-4101, Telephone: (202) 452-8331 Fax: (202) 452-8340 Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Childbirth, Costs, Financing, Midwifery, Prenatal care, Racial factors, Reproductive health, Women's health

Wheeler L. 2002. Nurse-midwifery handbook: A practical guide to prenatal and postpartum care. (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 443 pp.

Annotation: This book addresses care by nurses and midwives in the preconception, prenatal, and postpartum stages and offers suggestions on the addition of holistic care. Topics include health education, nutrition, physical examinations, laboratory and diagnostic tests, the transition to parenthood, breastfeeding, contraception, and general health issues for women. Patient education materials, sample forms and charts, and guidelines for providing culturally competent care are included in the appendices. An index concludes the book.

Contact: Wolters Kluwer Health, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, P.O. Box 1620, Hagerstown, MD 21741, Telephone: (800) 638-3030 Secondary Telephone: (301) 223-23000 Fax: (301) 223-2400 E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries. Document Number: ISBN 0-7817-2929-7.

Keywords: Educational materials, Manuals, Midwifery, Nursing education, Nursing specialties, Obstetrical nursing, Postpartum care, Preconception care, Prenatal care

Dower CM, Mille, JE, O'Neil EH, and the Taskforce on Midwifery. 1999. Charting a course for the 21st century: The future of midwifery. San Francisco, CA: Pew Health Professions Commission and University of California at San Francisco, Center for the Health Professions, 63 pp.

Annotation: This report describes the future of midwifery and offers fourteen recommendations for educators, policy makers, and professionals to consider as a means of improving women's health care by increasing access to midwives and their model of care.

Contact: University of California, San Francisco, Healthforce Center for Research and Leadership Development, 3333 California Street, Suite 410, San Francisco, CA 94143, Telephone: (415) 476-8181 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Midwifery, Reports

Midwives' Alliance of North America. [1997]. Foundation documents of the Midwives' Alliance of North America. Lilburn, GA: Midwives' Alliance of North America, 25 pp.

Annotation: This book contains information about the organization and goals of the Midwives Alliance of North America. It includes a statement of philosophy and goals, the history of the organization, a statement of values and ethics, a list of standards and qualifications for the art and practice of midwifery, and a list of core competencies for midwifery practice.

Contact: Midwives' Alliance of North America, 611 Pennsylvania Avenue, S.E. #1700 , Washington, DC 20003-4303, Telephone: (888) 923-6262 Fax: (417) 777-6181 E-mail: Web Site: Price unknown.

Keywords: Associations, Ethics, Midwifery, Midwives, Standards

Stewart D. 1997. The five standards for safe childbearing. (4th ed.). Marble Hill, MO: National Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (NAPSAC) International, 536 pp.

Annotation: This book emphasizes childbirth as a safe, natural event, one which should seldom require medical intervention such as ceasarian section. According to the authors, the five most important aspects of a healthy pregnancy are: good nutrition; skillful midwifery; natural childbirth; home birth and; and breastfeeding. It contains strongly worded critiques of the maternal health practices of the medical establishment.

Contact: International Association of Parents and Professionals for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth, Route 4, Box 646, Marble Hill, MO 63764, Telephone: (573) 238-2010 Fax: E-mail: Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Breastfeeding, Home childbirth, Labor, Maternal health, Maternal nutrition, Midwifery, Natural childbirth

Rooks JP. 1997. Midwifery and childbirth in America. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 548 pp.

Annotation: This book provides information on the history of midwifery in America and discusses the safety, quality, and cost effectiveness of such care. It discusses the development of direct-entry midwifery; safety of out-of-hospital births in the U.S.; midwifery in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Japan; effect of midwifery on costs and other special contributions; and recommendations for the future. The book ends with a list of references.

Contact: Temple University Press, 1601 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, Telephone: (800) 621-2736 Fax: (800) 621-8471 Web Site: $54.95. Document Number: ISBN 1-56639-565-8.

Keywords: Birthing centers, Childbirth, Cost effectiveness, Managed care, Midwifery, Safety

Mitford J. 1992. American way of birth. New York, NY: E. P. Dutton, 322 pp.

Annotation: A central theme of this study is that maternity care systems which provide midwife care for normal pregnancies and births, and obstetrical care for complications, have the lowest rates of complications and deaths. The author traces the history of the persecution of midwives and reviews contemporary obstetrical practices.

Contact: New American Library, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Telephone: (212) 366-2000 Web Site: Available in libraries.

Keywords: Childbirth, Midwifery, Midwives

Tom SA. 1978. With loving hands: The life stories of four nurse-midwives. Unpublished manuscript, 130 pp.

Annotation: This thesis, submitted to the University of Utah School of Nursing, consists of the biographies of four women who practiced nurse-midwifery during the first forty years of the profession's existence. They were Rose McNaught, Lalla Mary Goggans, Aileen Hogan, and Agnes Reinders. The biographical information is analyzed for shared characteristics which could contribute to the response each woman made to the challenges she met in the course of her career. The accomplishments of the four nurse-midwives are examined in light of the changes in childbirth practices which occurred in the first half of the twentieth century.

Keywords: Biographies, Childbirth, History, Midwifery, Midwives

Joint Study Group of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and International Confederation of Midwives. 1976. Maternity care in the world: International survey of midwifery practice and training. (2nd ed.). No place: International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics and International Confederation of Midwives, 590 pp.

Annotation: This report provides updated and analyzed information on maternity care and family planning services in 210 countries. The expanded role and functions of the professional midwife as a teacher and family counselor are discussed.

Keywords: Family planning, International programs, Midwifery, Obstetrical care

Arms S. 1975. Immaculate deception: A new look at women and childbirth in America. Boston, MA: Bantam Books, 398 pp.

Annotation: This book describes the modern day practices of childbirth in hospitals with medications and contrasts this approach with natural childbirth. It discusses male dominated views of American childbirth, midwifery, and the return of home births and birthing centers. The author argues against episiotomy, drugs, induced labor, and the supine birth position. Sprinkled throughout the book are personal accounts of women who have had hospital births and home births.

Keywords: Birthing centers, Childbirth, Home childbirth, Midwifery, Midwives, Natural childbirth, Nurse midwives, Pregnancy

New York Medical College, Graduate School of Nursing, Department of Maternity Nursing and Nursing Midwifery and U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Health Services and Mental Health Administration, Regions I, II, III, and V, Maternal and Child Health Service. 1970. Evolving patterns for nursing in health care for mothers and children: The first Mutiregional Conference of Maternity and Infant Care and Children and Youth Project Nurses—Summary of proceedings. New York, NY: New York Medical College, Graduate School of Nursing, 55 pp.

Thomas MW. 1965. The practice of nurse-midwifery in the United States. Washington, DC: U.S. Children's Bureau, 61 pp. (Children's Bureau publication; no. 436-1965)

Annotation: This report is of a study that looked closely at the extent of midwifery practice in the United States and to describe its nature and scope. Chapters include: background; findings (extent and nature of practice of nurse-midwifery); summary; and attitudes of physicians toward nurse-midwifery. It is a publication of the U.S. Department of Labor, Children's Bureau.

Contact: Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University, Telephone: (202) 784-9770 E-mail: Web Site: Available from the website.

Keywords: Midwifery, Nursing


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