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Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Jane Coad, $78.95

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY FOR MIDWIVES explains the structures and functions of the human body associated with childbearing, birth, and postnatal care. The book comes with access to a fully-researchable e-book reference that allows you to add your own notes, download illustrations and more.


Ancestral Women. Kiiskakuna Productions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, Directed by Rosana Matecki, $19.95 (DVD, 48 minutes)

Christine Roy, a Canadian midwife of Abenaki roots, embarks on a journey that starts in Bolivia, meeting fellow Quechua and Aymara midwives and finds an ancestral knowledge inside the practice of midwifery. From there she moves on to Akewesasne and engages in rich discussions with Katsi Cook, an acclaimed Onkwehonweh (Mohawk) midwife and activist. Circling homeward brings Christine to Eeyou Istchee, traditional Cree territory in James Bay Quebec, where the Cree people are creating a new midwifery that blends traditional knowledge with contemporary healing practices.

This documentary offers invaluable insight into the power of ancestral roots, and how it can inform today's midwifery care.


Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Denise Tiran, $45.95

Aromatherapy is increasingly incorporated into midwifery practice, particularly in midwife-led units. It is the most commonly used therapy by midwives and birthing practitioners but access to up-to-date safety information is limited. Almost 90% of women may be using complementary therapies during pregnancy and birth and so it is very important that midwives are aware of safe and appropriate use based on contemporary evidence. This book covers safety, effectiveness, evidence, benefits and risks, and legal, ethical and professional issues related to incorporating aromatherapy into maternity care. Useful charts and tables are included for quick reference in clinical practice, making this is the ultimate handbook for using aromatherapy in midwifery practice.

The scientific basis behind aromatherapy, including relevant anatomy and physiology, chemistry and pharmacology are covered, as well as a critical appraisal of the contemporary research evidence supporting the use of aromatherapy in maternity care. Essential oil profiles of the oils that can be safely used in pregnancy, birth and postpartum are also included.

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A-Z Midwifery. Diane Fraser & Margaret Cooper, $22.95

Well illustrated with over 170 entries, together with a helpful array of figures, tables and pull-out boxes, this helpful guide includes a wealth of information arranged in a useful A-Z format. Published in conjunction with The Practising Midwife, this publication will be ideal for all midwives — whether qualified or in training — and all other health care professionals working in the maternity environment.

  • Helpful single entry style enables rapid access to essential information
  • Clear illustration programme aids understanding of anatomical structures and difficult concepts
  • Contains useful Further Reading boxes to direct additional study
  • Over 170 entries provide key coverage of a variety of topics ranging from antenatal screening and clinical procedures, including foetal monitoring, to pain relief, the management of psychiatric disorders, medical emergencies and public health

Baillière's Midwives' Dictionary, 13th Edition. Denise Tiran, $34.95

The dictionary of choice for student midwives and practitioners, this reference provides a thorough and reliable first point of information. Revised and updated throughout, the 13th edition provides support and clear, brief information on all key terms. User-friendly language defines existing terms and makes important information easier to learn and apply.

  • User friendly text presented in a handy pocket size format
  • Woman friendly definitions
  • Helpful appendices address primary PPH, maternal basic life support, neonatal resuscitation, management of shoulder dystocia, and cord prolapse
  • Abbreviations list defines common terms
  • Suitable for all midwifery settings, from high-tech obstetric units to home births to remote isolated areas in developing countries
  • Expanded number of entries to aid comprehensiveness
  • Includes updates in genetics, antenatal tests and investigations, infertility terminology and techniques

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Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 12th Edition. by Lynn Bickley, $187.50

Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking provides authoritative, step-by-step guidance on performing the patient interview and physical examination, applying clinical reasoning, shared decision-making, and other core assessment skills — all based on a firm understanding of clinical evidence. This highly regarded text includes fully illustrated, step-by-step techniques that outline the correct performance of the physical examination and an easy-to-follow two-column format featuring examination techniques on the left and abnormalities (clearly indicated in red) with differential diagnoses on the right. Bates' also includes a unit on special populations, covering special stages in the life cycle — infancy through adolescence, pregnancy, and aging.


Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 8th Edition. $90.95

The Pocket Guide is an abbreviated version of the Bates' 12th edition textbook, designed for portability and convenience at the bedside.  Includes illustrated, step-by-step techniques that outline the correct performance of the physical examination in an easy-to-follow two-column format featuring examination techniques on the left and abnormalities (clearly indicated in red) with differential diagnoses on the right. This highly regarded pocket guide also covers special stages in the life cycle — infancy through adolescence, pregnancy, and aging.


Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition. Rosemary Mander & Valerie Fleming, Editors, $46.50

This new edition of the popular text, Becoming a Midwife, explores what it is to be a midwife, looking at the factors that make midwifery such a special profession, as well as some of the challenges. The fully updated chapters cover a variety of settings and several different stages in a woman’s pregnancy, including stories from midwives working in hospitals and in the community, as managers, supervisors and educators, and as men, women, mothers and birth activists. Backed up by commentaries and drawing together these insights, the editors show what it means to be a midwife today. Suitable for those contemplating a career in midwifery and providing an opportunity for reflection for more experienced midwives, this thought-provoking book is an invaluable contribution to midwifery.

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Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $44.50

For many bereaved parents, the care provided by health professionals at birth — from midwives to antenatal teachers — has a crucial effect on their response to a loss or death. Providing care to grieving parents can be demanding, difficult and stressful, with many feeling ill equipped to provide appropriate help. Equipping the reader with fundamental skills to support childbearing women, partners and families who have experienced childbirth-related bereavement, this book outlines:

  • What bereavement is and the ways in which it can be experienced in relation to pregnancy and birth
  • Sensitive and supportive ways of delivering bad news to childbearing women, partners and families
  • Models of grieving
  • How to identify when a bereaved parent may require additional support from mental health experts
  • Ongoing support available for bereaved women, their partners and families
  • The impact on practitioners and the support they may require
  • How to assess and tailor care to accommodate a range of spiritual and religious beliefs about death.

Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, 2nd Edition. Edited by Barbara Anderson, Judith Rooks & Rebecca Barroso, $136.95

This second edition of a groundbreaking book is substantially revised to deliver the foundation for an evidence-based model for best practices in midwifery. With a focus on updated scientific evidence as the framework for midwifery practice, the book includes 21 completely new chapters that address both continuing and new areas of practice, the impact of institutional and national policies, and the effects of diversity and globalization. Incorporating the midwifery model of care, the book provides strategies for change and guidance for implementing evidence-based best practices.

The book examines midwifery efforts to improve the health of women, a focus on physiologic birth, and successful global endeavors. It encompasses a diverse authorship that includes leaders in midwifery, academics, midwives representing diversity, hospital and community-based practitioners, and policymakers. This coalition of authors from diverse backgrounds facilitates an engaging and robust discussion around best practices. Chapters open with a contemporary review of the literature, a comparison of current (often scientifically unsubstantiated and ineffective) practices, evidence-based recommendations, and best practices for midwifery.


Birth Emergency Skills Training: Manual for Out of Hospital Midwives. Bonnie Gruenberg, $40.95

Comprehensive and concise, this book details critical thinking and step-by-step actions that will take midwives through critical interventions, from diagnosis to definitive care.

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Bleeding During Pregnancy: a Comprehensive Guide. Edited by Eyal Sheiner, $82.95

The phenomenon of bleeding has been shown to appear in up to 22% of all pregnancies and is associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidities, and even mortality. This book is a comprehensive appraisal of this critical condition. It draws on evidence-based data and brings together, in a single volume, updated information on all aspects of pregnancy-related bleeding. A global group of interdisciplinary experts contributed chapters on: bleeding during early pregnancy (early pregnancy loss, ectopic pregnancy, gestational trophoblastic disease, and cancer of the reproductive tract during pregnancy); bleeding in late pregnancy (preterm delivery, placental abruption, placenta previa, vasa previa and uterine rupture); and postpartum hemorrhage.


Canadian Maternity, Newborn & Women's Health Nursing, 2nd Canadian Edition. Robin Evans, Yvonne  Brown, Yvonne Brown, Marilyn Evans, $161.50

Prepare your students for effective nursing practice in Canadian healthcare settings with Canadian Maternity, Newborn, & Women's Health Nursing, 2e. Offering up-to-date research and content, this practical book covers all stages of maternity nursing from preconception to postpartum, as well as women's health issues throughout the lifespan, including health promotion, nutrition, medical issues, psychosocial issues, sexuality, family, fertility, menopause, and aging. Focusing on evidence-based practice and clinical application, the text helps students prepare for effective maternity and women's health nursing in today's multifaceted health care environment.

Updated for currency and accuracy and filled with new art and photographs, the Second Edition includes even more content specific to Canadian nursing, adds more depth and critical thinking elements to each chapter's progressive case studies, and provides an expanded array of online resources, including assignments, activities, and case studies that help students understand and safely practice maternity nursing in the Canadian health care system.


Cancer in Pregnancy and Lactation: the Motherisk Guide. Edited by Gideon Koren & Michael Lishner, $137.95

Cancer in pregnancy presents physicians with a serious and ethical challenge, yet the sources of concise data and guidance for the management of this disease are scarce. The Motherisk program, based at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, is dedicated to addressing this problem. CANCER IN PREGNANCY AND LACTATION: THE MOTHERISK GUIDE tackles this subject by providing evidence-based information needed to address the complex issues of maternal diagnosis, management, treatment, prognosis and long-term impact on the unborn child. Based on the research by members of the international Consortium of Cancer in Pregnancy Evidence (CCoPE) this book provides physicians with the core knowledge required to make sound clinical decisions in the face of sometimes conflicting interests. Co-edited by recognized experts in the field with over 25 years' experience, this comprehensive volume is essential reading for all maternal-fetal medicine physicians, obstetricians, neonatologists, oncologists and pharmacologists.

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The CenteringPregnancy® Model: the Power of Group Health Care. Sharon Schindler Rising & Charlotte Houde Quimby, $93.95

Written by two distinguished leaders in midwifery, this text provides a comprehensive examination of an effective model of group care. This book describes basic tenets of the Centering Healthcare model, which brings together cohorts of people with similar health care needs in a group setting for care. Chapters discuss the landscape leading to the model's development, its use in clinical practice, and its widespread and continuing growth as an effective alternative to traditional care.

Interspersed with comments and stories from Centering participants and health care professionals, the chapters emphasize the power of facilitative leadership that encourages behavior change and personal empowerment. Applicable in most health care settings, domestically and around the world, this book will be an invaluable resource for use by clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators, and others who are eager to improve outcomes from health care delivery.

  • Describes the theoretical foundations of the Centering Healthcare model
  • Documents the importance of the Centering model components to achieve improved health care and reduced cost
  • Discusses the impact of evidence-based research on providers, administrators, and policy makers
  • Demonstrates the validity and applicability of the model to a variety of health care populations, both domestic and international

Community Midwifery Practice. Edited by Jenny Edwins, $82.99

Community Midwifery Practice provides midwives with a practical, skills-based guide to improving and underpinning day-to-day practice with an emphasis on 'normal' birth and the importance of developing relationships with the women they are charged with helping.


Dignity in Health Care: a Practical Approach for Nurses and Midwives. Milika Matiti, $45.95

Dignity in the care of patients and clients of all ages, whether in hospital or community settings, is an area of increasing importance and concern. DIGNITY IN HEALTHCARE provides a practical approach, underpinned by up-to-date theory, to this crucial issue for those providing care to people in all stages of life, including those with mental illnesses or learning disabilities. Care in areas such as maternity, community, palliative and acute care and others is explored in depth. Approaches to education and practice development for promoting dignity in care are also outlined clearly and accessibly, with each chapter combining an evidence-based theoretical underpinning with practical application through scenarios. This book will be of interest to practicing nurses, midwives and other health professionals seeking clear insights into the principle of care that is central to all healthcare professions.

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Disability in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Edited by Stella Frances McKay-Moffat, $67.95

This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States, primary source for midwives, on the special needs of mothers with disabilities. Although an increasing number of women with disabilities are having children, the needs of this minority group are not always being effectively met. Disability in Pregnancy and Childbirth provides essential practical information to healthcare professionals working with this group.


Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: a Reference Guide to Neonatal Risk, 11th Edition. Gerald Briggs, Roger Freeman, et al. $158.50

The updated 11th edition lists more than 1,200 commonly prescribed drugs taken during pregnancy and lactation, with detailed monographs that provide the information you need on known or possible effects on the mother, embryo, fetus, and nursing infant.


Dynamic Positions in Birth: a Fresh Look at How Women's Bodies Work in Labour. Margaret Jowitt, $22.95

Most women give birth in hospitals, institutions modelled around the needs of the people who work there. The delivery room is designed around the obstetric bed which was designed for the benefit of the obstetrician rather than the woman giving birth. Despite research showing the benefit of upright positions in labour and birth, many women still give birth in the semi-reclined position, pushing their baby out against the forces of gravity. The author argues that unnatural positions make labour and birth more painful and difficult for modern women than it was for their ancestors. How did we come to put the needs of care givers above those of the labouring woman? Is there anything that can be done?

Starting with a short history of birth furniture, Dynamic Positions in Birth goes on to explore the anatomy and physiology of labour from an evolutionary perspective and explores how rethinking positions for labour and birth could benefit mothers and their babies. Equally important is the need to change attitudes to birth so that women are encouraged to play a more active part in the birth of their babies instead of being subjected to clinical interventions designed to mitigate the adverse effects of labouring in a starkly unnatural environment.

Margaret Jowitt argues that it is possible to give women labouring in hospital a better chance of giving birth naturally. The book concludes by calling for a fresh look at the environment for birth. Delivery rooms can be made more user friendly by introducing  furniture designed around women’s need for physical support during labour as well as for the birth, and by hiding away  the more alarming technology unless it is needed. Women need a less forbidding environment and more encouragement to move freely and adopt positions  which will enhance their chance of achieving a normal birth.

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Emergencies Around Childbirth: a Handbook for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Edited by Maureen Boyle, $63.00

Designed to enhance the confidence, knowledge and skills needed to perform effectively in urgent or emergency situations that can occur in a hospital, at a birth centre or at home, this fully updated third edition provides an accessible resource for all practising midwives. With contributions from highly experienced midwives, this practical handbook incorporates an all-new chapter on serious infections and continues to provide key, up-to-date information on high-risk medical and obstetric situations. It also covers relevant information on litigation and the conclusions arising from the reports from the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths. Emergencies Around Childbirth is essential reading for practising and trainee midwives, and those who teach them.


Essential Calculation Skills for Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Practitioners. Meriel Hutton, $23.95

This handy book provides a guide to common numerical calculations found in healthcare practice and uses everyday examples to enable you to apply numerical principles correctly in your own practice. The increasing complexity of problems throughout the book builds as you progress, helping you calculate with confidence.


The Essential Homebirth Guide: for Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home. Jane Drichta & Jodilyn Owen, $18.99

More families than ever are choosing to birth at home. Midwives Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen answer questions about the kind of care, support, and information you need as you investigate whether this option is right for you. Birth can be an empowering and positive experience, and this book provides gentle guidance, with high regard for your wisdom and ability to successfully navigate your prenatal care, birth, and early mothering.

Enriched with real birth stories from new mothers, THE ESSENTIAL HOMEBIRTH GUIDE offers thoughtful, compassionate advice on a wealth of birthing topics, including:

• Building a supportive homebirth community • Caring for yourself and your baby from your pregnancy through the postpartum period • Communicating about your birthing plans with your midwife, your partner, and your family and friends • Deciding whether homebirth is safe for you • Educating yourself about common pregnancy-related issues • Preparing your home and your family for the big day 

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Essentials of Fetal Monitoring, 4th Edition. Michelle Murray, Gayle Huelsmann & Nanci Koperski, $64.95

This comprehensive guide to fetal monitoring, now in its fourth edition, provides an exhaustive compilation of up-to-date knowledge on the signs of fetal well-being and compromise obtained from FHR monitoring. Newly revised and updated, it features two new chapters on monitoring maternal heart rate patterns and legal issues involved in care, new fetal monitor "strips," and updated visual materials, references and resources. This book is an invaluable companion for labor and delivery nurses, nurse midwives, and maternal-child and family nurses. Key Features:

  • Covers systematic assessment of the pregnant patient
  • Addresses external and internal fetal and maternal monitoring
  • Includes a step-by-step guide to fetal monitoring equipment and procedures
  • Contains detailed reproductions of actual fetal monitor tracings
  • Clarifies differences between maternal and fetal heart rate patterns
  • Includes NICHD definitions as alternative terminology for documentation
  • Identifies ineffective actions that can delay timely interventions
  • Sets forth legal issues
  • Provides skill-testing exercises

This hands-on workbook, designed for long-term and frequent use, is of value for any nurse currently working in a labor and delivery setting as well as those entering the field.


Evidence-Based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers: a Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition. Maria Pollard, $55.90

Breastfeeding is a major public health issue. Although initiation of breastfeeding is improving, the numbers who continue drop rapidly in the first few weeks highlighting that women need the support of their midwives and health visitors when beginning breastfeeding and throughout their child’s infancy. Based on the UNICEF UK BFI University learning outcomes, this newly updated textbook addresses the outcomes to ensure that students are equipped with the essential knowledge and skills to effectively promote and support breastfeeding mothers, including:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • building relationships
  • essential skills and good practice
  • guidance dealing with common problems
  • public health considerations
  • babies and mothers with special needs
  • complementary feeding

Suitable for both undergraduate students and practitioners undertaking continuing professional development, Evidence-based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers is designed to aid learning. Each chapter begins with specific learning outcomes linked to the Baby Friendly outcomes, key fact boxes, clinical scenarios and activities.


Evidence Based Midwifery: Applications in Context. Edited by Helen Spiby & Jane Munro, $69.99

This accessible and authoritative guide to implementing evidence-based care in midwifery practice identifies and explores recent midwifery initiatives, reflects upon current philosophical and methodological issues, and explores how midwives might best use the current evidence base to enhance their clinical practice. With the use of real-life examples throughout, this text will encourage midwives to reflect upon and critically analyze the evidence that underpins midwifery practice, and utilize it to develop their skills.

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Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth, 2nd Edition: a Guide for Midwives. Denis Walsh, $60.50

Despite the emphasis on promoting evidence-based or effective care without the unnecessary use of technologies and drugs, intervention rates in childbirth continue to rise rapidly. This book emphasizes the importance of translating evidence into skilful practice. It updates the evidence around what works best for normal birth, aspects of which still remain hidden and ignored by some maternity care professionals. Beginning with the decision about where to have a baby, through all the phases of labour to the immediate post-birth period, it systematically details research and other evidence sources that endorse a low intervention approach.

Using evidence drawn from a variety of sources, EVIDENCE AND SKILLS FOR NORMAL LABOUR AND BIRTH critiques institutionalized, scientifically managed birth and endorses a more humane midwifery-led model. Packed with up-to-date and relevant information, this text will help all students, practicing midwives and doulas keep abreast of the evidence surrounding normal birth and ensure their practice takes full advantage of it.


Examination of the Newborn: an Evidence-Based Guide, 2nd Edition. Edited by Anne Lomax, $48.99

Examination of the Newborn: an Evidence Based Guide is a practical and comprehensive guide to undertaking physical examination of neonates safely and competently. A valuable resource for midwives, advanced neonatal nurse practitioners, and health visitors, as well as all other health professionals involved in the examination of the newborn, this text covers:

  • Neonatal examination and history taking
  • Development of the heart and lungs and transition to extra-uterine life
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory assessment of the baby
  • Assessment of the neonatal skin and jaundice
  • Examination of the eyes head and neck
  • Examination of the abdomen and genitalia
  • Abnormalities of the lower extremities including developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • The dysmorphic infant and common congenital abnormalities 
  • Behavioural issues
  • Professional issues in practice
  • Safeguarding Children

Examination of the Newborn: a Practical Guide, 3rd Edition. Helen Baston, Ira Birdwhistell & Heather Durward, $69.90

Newborn babies are examined at around 6 to 72 hours after their birth to rule out major congenital abnormalities and reassure the parents that their baby is healthy. This practical text is a step-by-step guide for all practitioners who undertake this clinical examination. It is particularly valuable for midwives and nurses undertaking Examination of the Newborn modules as well as a useful reference work for those already performing this role. It provides midwives and other practitioners involved in neonatal examination with a comprehensive guide to the holistic examination of the newborn infant.

Examination of the Newborn encourages the reader to view each mother and baby as unique, taking into account their experiences from pre-conception through childbirth. The text covers:

  • the role of the first examination as a screening tool
  • normal fetal development
  • parents’ concerns and how to respond to them
  • the impact of antenatal diagnostic screening
  • the events of labour and birth
  • the clinical examination of the neonate
  • the identification and management of congenital abnormalities
  • accountability and legal issues
  • case scenarios, model answers, questions and further reading to help the reader to apply the content to their own practice

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Family-Centered Care for the Newborn: the Delivery Room and Beyond. Terry Griffin & Joanna Celenza, $79.50

This book is a comprehensive guide to family-centered care for healthy, ill, or preterm newborns. It guides health care professionals in creating, supporting, and advancing a culture that values partnerships with families. It is replete with practical suggestions, strategies for effectively communicating with families, and best practices for health professionals who wish to develop partnerships with families before and after childbirth.

At the core of family-centered care is the belief that family-centered care and the ability to convey its particular language is as important to newborn and family wellbeing as clinical care. The book is based on four guiding principles that include treating people with dignity and respect, providing information in ways that are useful and affirming, welcoming family participation in care and decision-making at a level chosen by the family, and collaborating with families at the bedside and beyond. The book offers strategies to promote implementation of a family-centered environment in the delivery room or NICU, practical approaches to communicating with families before and after delivery, and tips on policy review to facilitate a culture of family-centered care. It also discusses how to welcome families during interdisciplinary rounds, and ways to support families during procedures and resuscitation. Key features:

  • Provides a comprehensive guide to implementing family-centered care for healthy, ill, and preterm newborns
  • Guides health care professionals in creating, supporting, and advancing a culture that values partnerships with families
  • Offers strategies for effectively communicating with families to foster family-centered care
  • Reflects on the power of language used with and about families
  • Includes tips on policy review to foster and support a culture of family-centered care

Fetal Monitoring in Practice, 3rd Edition. Donald Gibb & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, $64.95

Simple and direct, this popular book has been comprehensively revised to cover current guidelines and procedures. This accessible approach to fetal monitoring recognizes the emotional needs of the mother and family as well as the practical applications of monitoring.


Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes. Linda Cole, Melissa Avery, Editors, $86.50

This book explores the freestanding birth center model in the United States from its conception by pioneering midwives and others in the early 1970s through the present day. Compared to the hospital-based birth model, the freestanding birth center offers a better documented, healthier, more cost-effective, and more humane way to care for women and newborns, consistent with the goals of health care legislation. This rapidly expanding model of care has many positive implications for high-quality, individualized care and birth outcomes across the United States.

Written by U.S. leaders in midwifery, Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes offers a comprehensive guide to the evolving role of birth centers, clinical and cost outcomes, regulatory and legal issues, provider and accreditation issues, and the future of the birth center model. Woven throughout the text are descriptions of "exemplar" birth centers, representing diverse geographical, business, and service models. These cases illustrate the possibilities for expansion and replication of this model of care. Key Features:

  • Provides a thorough history of the birth center movement from its inception through future expansion of the model
  • Serves as an essential resource with up-to-date evidence on clinical and cost outcomes
  • Includes case studies linking the unique service focus of individual birth centers to the associated sections of the book
  • Provides practical and comprehensive coverage of all issues involved in implementing and operating a U.S. birth center

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Fundamentals of Midwifery: a Textbook for Midwives. Edited by Louise Lewis, $51.99

Fundamentals of Midwifery: a Textbook for Students makes the subject of midwifery accessible, informative and motivating, ensuring that it is an essential text for the aspiring midwife! This resource brings together knowledge from a collection of clinical experts and experienced academics to support your learning and prepare you for the challenges faced in contemporary midwifery healthcare. It presents you with the ‘must-have’ information that you need concerning both the theoretical and practical aspects of what it means to be a midwife. With extensive full colour illustrations throughout, as well as activities and scenarios, this user-friendly textbook will support you throughout your entire education programme. Fundamentals of Midwifery is essential reading for all pre-registration student midwives, as well as newly qualified midwives.


Handbook of Midwifery Research. Mary Steen & Taniya Roberts, $39.99

Research is a fundamental part of midwifery practice. However, not everyone finds it easy to understand the basic principles, and particularly the language of research. This accessible handbook enables midwives and student midwives to firstly understand how to search and make sense of research evidence, how to write a research proposal and finally how to undertake a research study.


Healing Passage: a Midwife's Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth, 6th Edition. Anne Frye, $109.95

This new edition of the midwifery classic is a tremendously detailed resource. The books spans every aspect of pelvic anatomy; injury prevention; perineal and pelvic tissue lacerations; repairs and beyond. This comprehensive, detailed, illustrated resource once again sets the standard for perineal care during birth.

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Health Promotion in Midwifery: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jan Bowden & Vicky Manning, $55.90

Health Promotion in Midwifery explores the principles of health promotion within the practical context of midwifery. It clearly outlines and discusses the midwife’s role in health promotion, linking theory and practice. The third edition of this evidence-based text covers essential topics such as breastfeeding, smoking, mental health, behaviour change and sexual health promotion. It also includes new chapters on healthy eating in pregnancy, pelvic floor health during the childbearing years, and violence against women. All the chapters are updated and some are completely rewritten to reflect recent changes and developments in midwifery practice. Text boxes make the text accessible and user-friendly, and case studies and summaries put the material in practical context. Additional readings encourage readers to further research and reflection on their own practice.


Heart & Hands: a Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th Edition. Elizabeth Davis, $41.00

Presenting information on what to expect during each stage of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum recovery, this completely revised edition includes new photographs and illustrations, updated resources, information on homebirth, water birth, and more. The book reflects the latest research on the physiology of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum, and combines time-honored teachings with the most current obstetric techniques. This essential reference empowers birthing helpers and parents to create a truly woman-centered birth experience.


Holistic Midwifery: a Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice. Anne Frye, $115.95

This truly comprehensive text covers basic female anatomy and physiology; philosophy of midwifery; maintaining maternal and fetal well-being; prenatal skills; making contact with clients and establishing care; prenatal fetal development and maternity care step-by-step through each trimester; problems associated with each trimester; problems that can occur at any time; and medical conditions that may preexist pregnancy. 


Holistic Midwifery, Vol. II, 2nd Edition: Care During Labor and Birth. Anne Frye, $189.95

This long-awaited second edition covers fetal and maternal anatomy relevant to labor and birth; the Cardinal Spiraling Movements of Birth (including summaries of all eight formal positions for vertex, face, brow and breech presentations); straightforward and complex labors; well-baby and high risk newborn support; and transport procedures. It contains 1400 pages of text on labor and birth and is designed to complement Anne Frye's other publications. Now available in paperback, this beautiful volume is a welcome addition to any midwifery library.

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How You Were Born. Mònica Calaf & Mikel Fuentes, $12.95

A clear, gentle and loving description of the process of a homebirth, with charming illustrations — perfect for satisfying a child's curiosity about how babies are born.


Hypnobirth: Evidence, Practice and Support for Birth Professionals. Teri Gavin-Jones & Sandra Handford, $62.50

Hypnobirth involves preparation for childbirth using tried and tested hypnotherapy techniques in harmony with midwifery best practices and increasing numbers of women are turning to the technique. Written by two experienced practitioners, this is the first evidence-based practice book for medical professionals on this subject. Chapters include coverage of:

  • What hypnosis is and the history of hypnobirth
  • The power of the mind and the effect of language
  • Relaxation and breathing techniques
  • The neocortex and hormones

Throughout the book the authors provide health professionals with information and evidence-based findings to support the use of hypnobirth. The book includes case studies, scripts and reflective questions to encourage a deeper understanding of the techniques and issues and to engage and inspire the reader.

Hypnobirth is essential reading for midwives, obstetricians, student midwives, doulas and any practitioner involved in preparing and supporting pregnant women for labour.


Infections Affecting Pregnancy and Childbirth. Judy Bothamley & Maureen Boyle, $80.95

The UK 2006-2008 report, 'Saving Mothers Lives', highlighted an alarming rise in the number of maternal deaths attributed to sepsis. This launched the issue of infection related illness once again into the forefront of the care of mothers and babies. Alongside concerns about the impact of sepsis, questions have been raised about why this increase has occurred and what is the effect of infective illness in pregnancy generally. At the same time there has been growing concern about antimicrobial resistance which means that the drugs used to fight a range of infectious diseases are becoming less effective. The WHO considers antimicrobial resistance an increasingly serious threat to global public health. It is therefore timely to consider the role midwives have in preventing, identifying, referring and managing infection related illness.

This full-colour book provides midwives with highly practical, readily accessible information on the wide range of infections affecting pregnancy and childbirth. It comprehensively outlines the vital role of the midwife in infection, including prevention, identification of high-risk individuals, educational opportunities, signs and symptoms, sample collection, screening and ongoing care – consistently revealing ways in which sympathetic, confidential and respectful care are essential to restore a sense of emotional well-being alongside physical recovery.

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Introduction to Research for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Colin Rees, $56.95

Struggling to understand the language of research? Need to understand the basic principles and processes of research? Do you find it difficult to know how to apply research to clinical practice?

This third edition of INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH FOR MIDWIVES is the answer! In simple language, it explains the world of research both for those who must use it as part of evidence-based practice and those undertaking research. The content is particularly student-friendly and provides clear guidelines on critiquing research articles and producing successful reviews of the literature, with many tips on producing assignments that really work. All midwives and other health professionals will find this book invaluable in applying research to their own practice.


Keep the Fires Burning: Conquering Stress and Burnout as a Mother-Baby Professional. Micky Jones, $23.95

Are you a busy mother-baby professional who is stressed to the max? Do you find the 24/7 lifestyle of always being on call for your clients, family obligations and the necessity to build a business more than you can handle? You may be preaching, "Take care of yourself!" to new parents, while suffering from stress-induced illness and disease. In Keep the Fires Burning, author Micky Jones provides concrete evidence of the consequences of putting everyone else's needs before your own and gives practical suggestions for taking back your life and your health. This book covers:

  • The reality of work as a mother-baby professional
  • The six flames that can destroy your passion - individual stress, secondary stress, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, and depression
  • How empathy affects your work
  • How who you are, what work you do, and your sphere of influence impacts how stress affects you
  • Life strategies to eliminate stress
  • A personal self-care plan for home and work

If you love your work, but are stressed and/or burned out and want a balanced life, this book can help! Find out how Micky Jones found her way back to the balanced life she loves and how you can employ her techniques to make your life better.


Labor and Delivery Care: a Practical Guide. Wayne Cohen & Emanuel Friedman, $138.95

Labor and Delivery Care: A Practical Guide supports and reinforces the acquisition of the practical obstetric skills needed for aiding a successful birth. Beginning with the most important element of successful labor care, communicating with the patient, the authors guide you through normal delivery routines and examination techniques. They then address the best approaches to the full range of challenges that can arise during labor and delivery. Throughout, the 15 chapters provide concise practical guidance with:

  • algorithmic decision trees
  • clinical management tips
  • detailed drawings

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The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, 4th edition. Penny Simkin, Lisa Hanson & Ruth Ancheta, $59.99

The third edition of The Labor Progress Handbook remains an unparalleled resource on simple, non-invasive interventions to prevent or treat difficult labor. Retaining the hallmark features of previous editions, the book is replete with illustrations showing position, movements, and techniques and is logically organized to facilitate ease of use. This edition includes two new chapters on third and fourth stage labor management and low-technology interventions, a complete analysis of directed versus spontaneous pushing, and additional information on massage techniques. The authors have updated references throughout.

The Labor Progress Handbook continues to be a must-have resource for those involved in all aspects of birth by providing practical instruction on low-cost, low-risk interventions to manage and treat dystocia. 


Life's Vital Link: the Astonishing Role of the Placenta. Y.W. Loke, $29.95

The development of the placenta was a pivotal event in evolution. Without it, we would still be laying eggs instead of giving birth to live offspring. It represents the critical link between the foetus and the mother, but its character is extraordinary — it is, in effect, a foreign tissue that invades the mother's body. Compared to many other animals, the human placenta represents a particularly aggressive body. But how is it managed and controlled? How did such an organ evolve in the first place? And why is it tolerated by the mother? Y.W. Loke, a highly respected expert in the placenta and its development, explores the nature of the placenta and what it can tell us about evolution, development, and genetics.


Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health: a Guide for Health Professionals and Support Workers. Jane Hanley, $67.00

Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health focuses on how women and families suffering from perinatal mental illness can be supported by a wide range of practitioners. Based on the skills of attentive listening, it is designed for use by health professionals and support workers concerned with maternal mental health and the mental health of the family.

With chapters focused on listening to mothers, fathers and infants and paying attention to cultural diversity, Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health builds on the knowledge that many professionals working with new mothers already have about perinatal mental health. It focuses on developing the skills needed to put this knowledge into practice and includes case examples and follow-up activities throughout.

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Mama Midwife: a Birth Adventure. Christy Tyner, $18.95

Join Miso the Mouse and her friends on a hip and tender birth adventure with Miso’s mother — a hard working midwife.


Managing Preexisting Diabetes & Pregnancy: Technical Reviews and Consensus Recommendations for Care. Kitzmiller, Jovanovic, Brown, Coustan & Reader, editors; $132.95

Offers a single resource for American Diabetes Association standards of care for pregnant women with preexisting diabetes — type 1 (DM1) or type 2 (DM2). It provides up-to-date recommendations and treatment protocols for the management of diabetes and pregnancy to researchers, academic physicians, and clinicians who deal with the broad spectrum of problems.


Manual of Neonatal Care, 6th Edition. John Cloherty, et al. $81.50

This manual provides a practical approach to the diagnosis and medical management of newborns. Chapters cover maternal, fetal, and neonatal problems and common neonatal procedures. An outline format provides quick access to a large amount of information, and the outline headings are standardized in this edition. The updated coverage includes new information on fetal assessment, survival of premature infants, and perinatal asphyxia and new guidelines on neonatal jaundice. The popular appendices include effects of maternal drugs on the fetus, maternal medications during lactation, and NICU medication guidelines. A neonatal dosing chart and intubation/sedation guidelines appear on the inside covers.


Mayes' Midwifery, 15th Edition. Sue Macdonald & Gail Johnson, Editor, $95.95

A new edition of a classic textbook fully updated to meet the needs of today’s midwifery student. Now available for the first time in full color, the 15th edition of Mayes Midwifery has an enhanced artwork program and comes with an extensive website which provides 600 MCQs and wide selection of case studies and reflective activities; a downloadable image bank assists with essay and assignment preparation.

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Medical Disorders in Pregnancy: a Manual for Midwives, 2nd Edition. Edited by Elizabeth Robson & Jason Waugh, $64.99

MEDICAL DISORDERS IN PREGNANCY: A MANUAL FOR MIDWIVES clearly outlines existing and pre-existing conditions which women can experience during pregnancy. This comprehensive and practical handbook defines the condition, explores possible complications, outlines recommended treatment, and emphasizes specific midwifery care. Includes information on:

Skin disorders  • Heart disease  • Hypertensive disorders  • Respiratory disorders  • Renal disorders  • Endocrine disorders  • Neurological disorders  • Musculoskeletal disorders  • Gastrointestinal disorders  • Autoimmune disorders  • Infectious conditions  • Metabolic disorders  • Haematological disorders  • Thrombo-embolic disorders  • Addictions  • Psychiatric disorders  • Neoplasia


Medical Management of Pregnancy Complicated Diabetes, 4th Edition. Edited by Lois Jovanovič; American Diabetes Association, $73.95

Pregnancy complicated by diabetes is a medical challenge that can be minimized through a program of expert protocols and patient partnerships. This newly revised edition presents a complete package of these protocols that can help produce healthy infants in pregnancies complicated by type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Includes:

  • Pre-pregnancy counselling
  • Contraception
  • Psychological impact of diabetes and pregnancy
  • Glycemic control
  • Nutritional management
  • Use of insulin
  • Diagnostic testing and fetal surveillance
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Neonatal care
  • Postpartum follow-up

Medications and Mothers’ Milk 2017, 17th Edition. Thomas Hale & Hilary Rowe, $86.50

Medications and Mothers' Milk is the worldwide-bestselling drug reference on the use of medications in breastfeeding mothers, providing you the most current, complete, and evidence-based information.

Extensively updated throughout, the 17th Edition includes hundreds of new drugs, diseases, vaccines, and syndromes. The appendices provide information on radioactive drugs and tests, and over-the-counter drugs.

Written by world-renowned Clinical Pharmacologist, Dr. Thomas Hale, and assisted by Dr. Hilary Rowe, this drug reference provides everything that is known about the transfer of various medications into human milk, the use of radiopharmaceuticals, the use of chemotherapeutic agents, and vaccines in breastfeeding mothers. Features include:

  • Updated throughout with new data on 1,115 drugs, syndromes, vaccines, and herbals
  • Contains new tables to compare the suitability of psychiatric medications and pain medication
  • Includes many new radiocontrast agents and other diagnostic procedures

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Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting After Perinatal Loss. Joann O'Leary & Jane Warland, $75.50

Despite research which highlights parents’ increased anxiety and risk of attachment issues with the pregnancy that follows a perinatal loss, there is often little understanding that bereaved families may need different care in their subsequent pregnancies. This book explores the lived experience of pregnancy and parenting after a perinatal loss.

Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting After Perinatal Loss develops a helpful framework, which integrates continuing bonds and attachment theories, to support prenatal parenting at each stage of pregnancy. Giving insight into how a parent’s world view of a pregnancy may have changed following a loss, readers are provided with tools to assist parents on their journey. The book discusses each stage of a pregnancy, as well as labor and the postpartum period, before examining subjects such as multi-fetal pregnancies, reluctant terminations, use of support groups, and the experiences of fathers and other children in the family. The chapters include up-to-date research findings, vignettes from parents reflecting on their own experiences and recommendations for practice.

Written for researchers, students and professionals from a range of health, social welfare and early years education backgrounds, this text outlines what we know about supporting bereaved families encountering the challenges of a subsequent pregnancy.


Midwifery Essentials Volume 1: Basics, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 3: Labour, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 4: Postnatal, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston, Joyce Marshall & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 5: Infant Feeding, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston, Joyce Marshall & Jenny Hall, $23.95

The second edition of the popular Midwifery Essentials series continues to help readers understand and master a range of core issues safely and with confidence. Written by leading midwifery academics, each book in the series provides a user-friendly source of information which has been fully updated throughout to reflect the latest evidence-base for current practice. Now with an improved design to make learning as easy as possible, each paperback in the series focuses on the importance of communication and contemporary women-centred care and presents helpful scenarios to encourage debate and reflection. Special features include:

  • Helpful jigsaw approach enables readers explore specific topics from a variety of perspectives e.g. effective communication, team working and health promotion
  • Explains the professional and legal issues surrounding current practice
  • Chapters designed to be read as a standalone or in succession
  • Makes reference to the latest national and international guidelines
  • Embraces the principles of Better Births

The Midwifery Essentials series is ideal for all midwives whether qualified or in training and is also helpful to nurses and aides working in the maternity environment.


Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book. Maureen Raynor, Jayne Marshall & Karen Jackson, $56.95

This book contains 14 common pregnancy and childbirth emergency case studies to help prepare students for clinical practice. Offering a wide range of birth scenarios, each case explores and explains the pathology, principles, and skills involved.


Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 3rd Edition. Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood & Sally Tracy, $142.00

The third edition continues to reinforce the established principles of midwifery philosophy and practice-that of working in partnership with women and midwifery autonomy in practice and from this perspective, presents the midwife as a primary healthcare practitioner. Midwifery: Preparation for Practice 3e places women and their babies safely at the centre of midwifery practice and will guide, inform and inspire midwifery students, recent graduates and experienced midwives alike. 

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A Midwife's Handbook. Constance Sinclair, $85.95

Designed to provide the practicing nurse-midwife with quick access to important clinical information. Includes a brief definition of each complication, diagnostic tests and labs, alternative and complementary therapies and helpful decision-making trees.


The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook, 3rd Edition. Vicky Chapman & Cathy Charles, $63.99

THE MIDWIFE'S LABOUR AND BIRTH HANDBOOK is a practical and accessible guide to providing midwifery care while promoting 'women-centered' care and normality. This third edition incorporates the latest research, and includes chapters on twins, caesarean section, breech birth, risk management and VBAC. The third edition of THE MIDWIFE'S LABOUR AND BIRTH HANDBOOK offers an essential guide for both student midwives and experienced practicing midwives. It challenges practice and guidelines which are biased or based on poor evidence. Guidance is offered on how to deal with difficult, sometimes controversial, situations.


The Midwife’s Pocket Formulary, 3rd Edition. Liz Davey & Debbee Houghton, $46.95

THE MIDWIFE’S POCKET FORMULARY provides both practicing midwives and students with key information on the administration and management of medications in midwifery practice.

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Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief: Stillbirth, Professional, and Personal Losses. Doreen Kenworthy & Mavis Kirkham, $59.95

The experience of stillbirth and other losses in pregnancy at what is usually a time of great joy is tragic for everyone involved, including midwifery professionals. Although research increasingly shows how profound the effects of loss can be, few studies have explored the effects of pregnancy loss — which often leads to other personal and professional traumas such as loss of autonomy or a workplace — on midwives.

This in-depth investigation uses a phenomenological approach to capture midwives’ experiences of loss and grief in their own words, and encompasses both pregnancy loss and wider professional and personal issues. It then makes recommendations to enhance midwives' resilience and ability to cope appropriately, whilst giving maximum support to their clients. Reflections on the emerging implications for midwifery education and practice further broaden the scope of the analysis. The insights in this book will be of great use to midwifery managers and supervisors. They will also help midwives to nurture themselves, their colleagues and their clients.


Mosby's Canadian Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, First Canadian Edition. Sandra Pike-MacDonald, Pagana & Pagana, $65.95

The very first resource of its kind, written exclusively for Canada, Mosby’s Canadian Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests provides clear, concise coverage of more than 700 of the most commonly performed tests, with Canadian lab values, SI units, Canadian cultural considerations, and more unique Canadian content. Its many user-friendly features include an easy-to-understand writing style, full-colour illustrations, and a logical organization. Each test entry is presented in a consistent format to provide quick access to information on specimen collection, normal findings, indications, test explanation, procedure and patient care, and test results and clinical significance, as well as any applicable contraindications, potential complications, interfering factors, and related tests.

  • Includes Canadian generic and trade drug names to comply with Health Canada and the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)
  • Addresses Canadian privacy laws and legislation (including PHIPA and PIPEDA), the Canadian Labour Code, and policies for DNA collection, reporting of infections such as Chlamydia, and much more
  • Provides information on Canadian test-tube colouring classifications and guidelines for the correct order and process of collecting blood samples in Canada
  • Follows Canadian standard precautions and procedures such as those set forth by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, as well as Canadian screening protocols such as those set out in the Canadian Cancer Society Screening Guidelines
  • Canadian statistics are provided for topics such as STDs and C. difficile

Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference 2017: 30th Edition. Linda Skidmore-Roth, $58.95

Choose the drug handbook trusted by nurses for nearly 30 years! Mosby’s 2017 Nursing Drug Reference makes it easy to find the most vital information on the drugs you administer most frequently. More than 5,000 drugs are profiled — including 20 new entries for drugs recently approved by the FDA. And no other drug guide places a higher emphasis on patient safety, with Black Box Warnings for dangerous adverse reactions, Safety Alerts for situations requiring special attention, and a focus on both common and life-threatening side effects. From nursing pharmacology expert Linda Skidmore-Roth, this perennial bestseller proves there is a difference in drug guides.

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Mosby's Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring, 8th Edition: a Multidisciplinary Approach. Lisa Miller, David Miller & Rebecca Cypher, $63.95

Authored by a nurse-midwife, a perinatologist, and a nurse, Mosby’s Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring: A Multidisciplinary Approach, 8th Edition is an evidence-based resource on fetal heart rate monitoring for all clinicians — whether you are a nurse, a physician or a midwife, a student or an instructor, this guide has information crucial to your practice.  Designed specifically for the clinical environment, it provides a single source for interpretation and management of electronic fetal monitoring – in labor and delivery, the intensive care unit, inpatient antepartum units, or the obstetric or midwifery office.


Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

Drawing on extensive, evidence-based research and practice, this practical resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it provides the key information needed to help multi-disciplinary healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. The book discusses daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care in a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, schools and home. The information provided covers those aspects of the religions discussed that are essential for healthcare staff to understand, including modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It includes important information on the issues of disability and mental health in each faith as well as addressing the significance within different faith traditions of the transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

A comprehensive resource, this book will be of immeasurable value to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, bereavement support and palliative care workers, carers, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.


Myles Midwifery: Anatomy and Physiology Workbook. Jean Rankin, $38.95

This useful workbook is a companion to the best-selling Myles Midwifery: Textbook for Midwives, a long-standing favourite with midwifery students. The workbook can be sued with Myles or any other midwifery textbook, to extend and consolidate knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of childbearing.

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Myles Pocket Reference for Midwives. Cathy Ashwin & Michelle Anderson, $20.95

Well illustrated with over 100 figures, tables and pull out boxes this slim pocket reference includes a wealth of information ranging from communications skills, drug calculations and administration, to clinical examination and complications in labour. Designed to be carried in a scrubs/uniform pocket, this helpful guide will be ideal for all midwives whether qualified or in training.

  • Helpful bullet point style enables rapid access to essential information
  • Splash proof cover ensures durability

Myles Survival Guide to Midwifery, 3rd Edition. Edited by Maureen Raynor & Christine Catling, $46.95

New edition of the hugely popular Survival Guide to Midwifery, originally created in response to student requests for quality-assured, ‘dip into’ information designed for use in the clinical environment. The latest edition is fully updated throughout and has new authorship from the UK and Australia.

  • Helpful bullet point style allows rapid access to essential information
  • Useful revision guide for examinations and assessments
  • Contains common abbreviations, medications, drug calculations, glossary of common terms, and normal values
  • Thoroughly revised to reflect key developments in current midwifery practice
  • Now includes further reading and useful website addresses

Myles Textbook for Midwives, 16th Edition. Edited by Jayne Marshall & Maureen Raynor, $104.00

The sixteenth edition of this seminal textbook, Myles Textbook for Midwives, has been extensively revised and restructured to ensure that it reflects current midwifery practice, with an increased focus on topics that are fundamental to midwifery practice today. The book comes with Elsevier EVOLVE ancillaries — an online learning package which consists of 500 self-assessment questions and answers and a fully downloadable image bank.


The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, 4th Edition. T Berry Brazelton & J Kevin Nugent, $69.95

The 4th edition of this comprehensive examination of newborn behavior contains new guidelines and new refinements in the administration and scoring of the scale. It also includes updated research and an added section describing advances in the overall understanding of motor behavior in neonates.

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Neonatal Emergencies. Georg Hansmann, Editor, $100.95

Essential reading for caregivers that covers the management of critically ill newborns through the first 72 hours of life.


Neonatal Formulary: Drug Use in Pregnancy and the First Year of Life, 7th Edition. Sean Ainsworth, $117.95

Neonatal Formulary is a unique publication that provides comprehensive guidance on the safe use of all the drugs prescribed during pregnancy and commonly given to babies during labour, delivery, and the first year of life. This new edition provides improved and detailed coverage of the many drugs that are given to women during pregnancy and during lactation where the baby’s welfare must be borne in mind as well as that of the mother. Thus the whole 'pregnancy through to parenthood' journey is treated as a continuous event with information about drug use and the effects of drugs at all stages of the development from fetus to infant. 

Containing far more detail than is available in the British National Formulary for Children and with a companion website featuring updates related to specific drugs and dosing, Neonatal Formulary is an essential guide for neonatologists, neonatal nurses, hospital pharmacists, obstetric staff, advanced nurse practitioners and for all health care professionals caring for pregnant women and their infants in the first year of life.


Normal Childbirth, 2nd Edition: Evidence and Debate. Edited by Susan Downe, $63.95

With the increasing risk of litigation in midwifery, there is often a move to err on the side of caution and classify women as 'at risk' — even if they present with only a hint of a problem. Reflecting the need for global professional standards, this unique book presents the available evidence on normality in childbirth and proposes new approaches and paradigms for future research and practice. Covering a variety of subjects, international contributors present evidence-based, practical expertise on normal birth to help readers become aware of the wide parameters of "normal" in order to practice effectively and safely.

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Nurturing New Families: a Guide to Supporting Parents. Naomi Kemeny, $22.95

Supporting a family in the days and weeks after a baby is born is a precious gift indeed — as the mother recovers her strength and responds to her baby's needs, the care of a postnatal doula, friend or family member can be invaluable.

In this guide to warm, mother- and- baby-centred postnatal care, Naomi Kemeny draws on her wealth of experience as a midwife, children's nurse and postnatal doula to explain in detail how to 'mother the mother' — by listening to what she needs and supporting her as she adapts to her new role. This insightful book is both a useful guide to the work of a postnatal doula, and a must-read for anyone wanting to help a new family cope with those intense yet magical early days with a newborn.


Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies: a Practical Guide to Management. Edited by Edwin Chandraharan & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, $70.95

OBSTETRIC AND INTRAPARTUM EMERGENCIES: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO MANAGEMENT is written by a wide variety of obstetric experts in developing and developed countries and provides an easy-to-use guide to recognize and treat perinatal emergencies. The text includes learning tools such as 'Key Pearls' and 'Key Pitfalls'; a section on managing emergencies in a low-resource setting; and contains detailed illustrations throughout. This book is a practical and invaluable guide for obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives, medical students, and the wider perinatal team.


Oxford Handbook of Midwifery, 2nd Edition. Edited by Janet Medforth, et al, $54.00

With a wealth of references, recommendations, and guidance from the authors' many years of experience this handbook will help you achieve the best possible results for your patients. The fundamentals of midwifery are divided into seven main sections, covering antenatal care; normal labour and birth; complicated labour and birth; postnatal care; family planning; care of the newborn; and infant feeding. It also gives information rarely covered in standard midwifery texts, including sexual health, complementary therapies, common blood values, investigations, and midwifery emergencies. Key interventions are laid out as algorithms to aid quick assimilation of the crucial facts. 

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Oxorn Foote Human Labor and Birth, 6th Edition. Glenn Posner, Jessica Dy, Amanda Black & Griffith Jones, $97.95

This classic childbirth handbook, completely revised and updated in full color, provides the most comprehensive, accessible overview of obstetrics available. Going beyond scientific theory and a technological orientation, this landmark guide examines all mechanisms of human labor and delivery.

The book begins with a valuable review of clinical anatomy, and then thoroughly examines the three stages of labor, with a focus on proper management and birthing techniques. Specific guidance on the full spectrum of complications and delivery situations, including Cesarean section, breech presentation, transverse lie, umbilical cord issues, dystocia, and more are also presented. A final section addresses such critical concerns as preterm labor, antepartum hemorrhage, and maternal and fetal complications in labor.


Oxytocin: the Biological Guide to Motherhood. Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, $39.95

What role does oxytocin play in the many changes that occur during pregnancy and breastfeeding designed to make mothers better mothers? How does birth, breastfeeding, and skin-to-skin contact affect oxytocin release? How do birth interventions — epidurals, Caesarean sections, oxytocin infusions, and medications — impact oxytocin release? And how does oxytocin release (or lack of) impact the mother and baby?

After many years of researching oxytocin, author, physician, and researcher Dr. Kerstin Uvnäs-Moberg presents compelling scientific data that demonstrates the important role oxytocin plays in motherhood. Dr. Uvnäs-Moberg describes how oxytocin helps mothers access an inborn female competence that helps them transition to motherhood and give birth more easily, feel better after birth, breastfeed with fewer problems, and establish a good connection with their children. She also explains the impact oxytocin release has on infants — helping them become better at handling stressful situations and impacting their future health.

This book provides scientific data to demonstrate that oxytocin plays an important role far beyond stimulation of uterine contractions during birth and milk ejection during breastfeeding. Anyone working with pregnant and breastfeeding mothers will find this book enlightening and thought-provoking. It will give you evidenced-based information to change practices to protect oxytocin release during birth and in the postpartum period and to better inform new mothers about the role oxytocin plays in pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding; the importance of natural birth, skin-to-skin contact, and breastfeeding; and the impact of birth interventions.


Pain in Childbearing and Its Control: Key Issues for Midwives and Women. Rosemary Mander, $65.99

Focusing on the mother's experience of pain and her contribution to its control, this accessible text covers the background to historical and scientific understanding of pain and considers methods of researching and measuring pain.

Now in its 2nd edition, Pain in Childbearing and its Control explores pregnancy, labour and puerperal pain, along with fetal and neonatal pain. As well as approaching the topic in considerable depth, the word 'pain' is interpreted broadly. Throughout the text, research-based theoretical approaches to pain and pain control are presented within the context of care. The possibility of caring interventions being iatrogenic, or aggravating the woman's pain, lends this book a perceptively political orientation. Pain in Childbearing and its Control will be invaluable to midwives and a wide range of care providers who seek to assist the woman in coping with her experience of childbearing and any associated pain.

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Physical Assessment of the Newborn: a Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Examination, 5th Edition. Ellen Tappero & Mary Ellen Honeyfield, Editors. $86.95

Physical Assessment of the Newborn, 5th Edition, is a comprehensive text with a wealth of detailed information on the assessment of the newborn. This valuable and essential resource illustrates the principles and skills needed to gather assessment data systematically and accurately, and also provides a knowledge base for interpretation of this data. Coverage addresses: gestational assessment, neurologic assessment, neonatal history, assessment of the dysmorphic infant, and systemic evaluation of individual body systems, as well as key information on behavioral and pain assessment, including the use of specific tools with various groups ranging from term to extremely preterm infants. Numerous tables, figures, illustrations, and photos, many of them in full color, are a major strength that enhances the book’s usefulness as a clinical resource.

The text is an excellent teaching tool and resource for anyone who performs newborn examinations including nurses, neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, physicians and therapists. It can also serve as a core text for any program preparing individuals for advanced practice roles in neonatal care.


A Pocket Guide to Clinical Midwifery: the Efficient Midwife. Lauren Dutton, Jessica Densmore & Meredith Turner, $50.95

Organized alphabetically for easy reference, this handy pocket guide is a repository for all concepts, treatment options, drugs and dosages, which are difficult to remember and vitally important.


A Pocket Guide for Student Midwives, 2nd Edition. Stella McKay-Moffat & Pam Lee, $59.99

A Pocket Guide for Student Midwives, 2nd Edition is an accessible, portable text offering student midwives everything they need to grasp the key elements of midwifery language, knowledge and skills.

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Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care (PCPNC): a Guide for Essential Practice, 3rd Edition. World Health Organization (WHO), UNFPA & UNICEF, $68.95

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: a Guide for Essential Practice (3rd Edition) (PCPNC), has been updated to include recommendations from recently approved WHO guidelines relevant to maternal and perinatal health. The aim of PCPNC is to provide evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and newborns, and post abortion, including management of endemic diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and anaemia.

The PCPNC is a guide for clinical decision-making. All recommendations are for skilled attendants working at the primary level of health care, either at the facility or in the community. They apply to all women attending antenatal care, in delivery, postpartum or post abortion care, or who come for emergency care, and to all newborns at birth for routine and emergency care.


Prenatal and Postnatal Care: a Woman-Centered Approach. Robin Jordan, Janet Engstrom, Julie Marfell & Cindy Farley, $108.99

PRENATAL AND POSTNATAL CARE: A WOMAN-CENTERED APPROACH is a comprehensive resource for the care of the pregnant woman before and after birth. Beginning by outlining the physiological foundations of prenatal and postnatal care, and then presenting these at an advanced practice level, the book moves on to discuss preconception and prenatal care, the management of common health problems during pregnancy, and postnatal care. Each chapter includes quick-reference definitions of relevant terminology and statistics on current trends in prenatal and postnatal care, together with cultural considerations to offer comprehensive management of individual patient needs.

PRENATAL AND POSTNATAL CARE deftly combines the physiological foundation of prenatal and postnatal care with practical application for a comprehensive, holistic approach applicable to a variety of clinical settings.


Primary Care of the Newborn, 4th Edition. Henry Seidel, Beryl Rosenstein, Ambadas Pathak, & Wendell McKay, $74.95

Primary Care of the Newborn is a comprehensive pocket-sized resource for the care of full-term newborns, including well-baby development, appropriate tests, monitoring the newborn, non-acute disease management, and patient education.

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Psychology for Midwives: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Puerperium. Maureen Raynor & Carole England, $56.95

This accessible, evidence-based book provides explanations for why psychological care matters in midwifery practice and uses different theoretical perspectives of psychology to illustrate how it fundamentally contributes to good midwifery practice. The book addresses many core concepts and principles of psychology, including:

  • Mother-midwife relationship
  • Emotions during the childbearing continuum
  • Perinatal mental illness
  • Communications in midwifery practice
  • The birth environment
  • Attachment and bonding

One of the first books of its kind, Psychology for Midwives is essential reading for all midwives, students and allied health care professionals interested in the psychological dimensions of childbearing.


Qualitative Research in Midwifery and Childbirth: Phenomenological Approaches. Edited by Gill Thomson, Fiona Dykes & Soo Downe, $48.95

Qualitative research, particularly phenomenology, is increasingly popular as a method for midwifery and health-related research. These approaches enable rich and detailed explanations to be uncovered and bring experience to life.

Illustrated with plenty of examples of successful phenomenological research, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH IN MIDWIFERY AND CHILDBIRTH keeps the focus applied to midwifery and childbirth and makes clear the links to practice throughout. The book introduces three key phenomenological approaches — descriptive, interpretive and the life world — and includes a comparative chapter which discusses the differences between these varied perspectives and methods. Each chapter focuses on how these approaches are used within midwifery research. The remaining chapters present a number of different research projects. These demonstrate how different phenomenological approaches have been used to explore and uncover experiences of childbirth and maternity as well as offering important insights into how women experience different facets of the birth experience.

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Quick Reference for the Lactation Professional, 2nd Edition. Judith Lauwers, $67.95

Quick Reference for the Lactation Professional, Second Edition is an easy-to-use resource for healthcare professionals working with breastfeeding women and their families. An invaluable tool for clinicians, educators, students, and interns, each chapter includes clinical management strategies, key clinical competencies, and tutorials that test comprehension and clinical application with short answer questions and counselling scenarios. Completely updated and revised, the Second Edition incorporates inclusive language throughout to provide an equal and diverse approach to assisting breastfeeding families.


Revisiting Waterbirth: an Attitude to Care, 2nd Edition. Dianne Garland, $71.95

The use of warm water immersion throughout the birthing process is renowned for its physical and psychological benefits, yet waterbirth is still vastly underrepresented as a birthing method across the globe. Now in its second edition, Dianne Garland’s popular and authoritative text guides the reader through the clinical, practical and organisational considerations for delivery in water. Drawing on the author’s own extensive experience, the book explores:

  • the history and evolution of hydrotherapeutic theory
  • the specific skills and specialist care required for attending births in this setting
  • key research and debates surrounding the many aspects of waterbirth
  • practical guidance on engaging with parents when promoting waterbirth as an option

The book is enhanced with photos taken from the author’s own travels around the world, and features a wealth of interactive material — including an expansion of the Birth Story feature, whereby first-hand accounts of waterbirth from both mothers and practitioners worldwide provide an often moving conclusion to each chapter.

With a strong focus on developing practitioners’ knowledge and skills in this area, enabling them to confidently offer waterbirth as a safe and viable option, this classic text is an invaluable one-stop resource for anyone with academic, professional or personal interests in waterbirth.

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The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep: Current Findings on Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, and Normal Infant Sleep. Wendy Middlemiss & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Editors, $19.95

The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep is a compilation of recent articles that address these important questions. The goal was to bring together recent evidence about the safety of sleep practices so that parents and professionals can make informed, evidence-based decisions. The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep is a collaborative project by an international working group of experts on mother-baby sleep. Topics include:

  • Bedsharing: What should parents avoid and how can they make it safe? Does it increase the risk of SIDS? What is its impact on breastfeeding? 
  • Sleep-Training and Cry-It-Out Techniques: Do they impact infant health and development? What should parents know? 
  • Involving Parents in Decisions about Infant Sleep: What is normal infant sleep? How can parents calm a crying baby?

Skills for Midwifery Practice, 4th Edition. Ruth Johnson & Wendy Taylor, $82.95

Now with a new design, the ever popular Skills for Midwifery Practice continues to provide the ideal level of instruction and guidance for a wide range of clinical skills, each one of which is presented in a unique, template format to help make learning easy.

Step-by-step guidance is given on a range of topics including abdominal examination, taking of maternal and neonatal vital signs, infection control, mother and baby hygiene, elimination and drug administration. Childbearing and intra-partum skills are also extensively covered as are neonatal assessment and nutrition, principles of phlebotomy and intravenous therapy, moving and handling, wound management and CPR.

Skills for Midwifery Practice is invaluable to midwives in training, qualified midwives returning to practice, as well as other members of the obstetric healthcare team.


Sociology for Midwives. Edited by Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny & Gayle Letherby, $37.95

The study of sociology is now an essential part of all midwifery training, but it can often seem removed from the reality of midwifery practice. This major new textbook shows how sociology can inform the practice of midwifery in the twenty-first century. It provides a comprehensive, jargon-free introduction to sociology for midwifery students with no prior knowledge of the subject, as well as practising midwives with experience of dealing with sociological issues in their daily work. Although the book assumes little or no previous knowledge of sociology, it provides enough depth to meet the needs of those with some background in the field. At every stage the links between sociology and everyday practice are emphasised and explained, using a wealth of case studies and examples. 

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Spiritual Midwifery, 4th Edition. Ina May Gaskin, $23.95

The original Spiritual Midwifery, published in 1976, introduced an entire generation of young women to the possibility of home birth and breast feeding. It also breathed new life into the all-but-vanished field of midwifery. This classic book on home birth is now in its fourth edition, with updated information on the safety of natural childbirth, new birthing stories, and the most recent statistics on births managed by The Farm Midwives. Ina May also provides new information about potentially dangerous techniques routinely used in hospitals during and after birth, as well as the latest findings about VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Caesarean). Improved instructions for handling breech births are also given. Included are stories of working with Amish women, showing a different culture with a similar appreciation for natural childbirth.


The Student's Guide to Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition. Ian Peate & Cathy Hamilton, Editors, $52.95

This comprehensive resource provides a wide range of need-to-know information for student midwives, including:

  • Effective communication and documentation
  • Confidentiality
  • Interdisciplinary working
  • The fundamentals of antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal care
  • Assessment and examination of the new-born baby
  • Medicines
  • Public health
  • Clinical decision-making
  • Evidence-based practice

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy. Hilary Smith Connery & William Rayburn, Editors, $113.00

This issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America focuses on various issues related directly to pregnancies complicated by substance use. Topics of interest include epidemiology and screening for hazardous and harmful substance use, teratogenic risks, psychiatric co-morbidities, comprehensive treatment approaches before and after delivery, fetal surveillance, and team-based perinatal management. Particularly new information relates to prescribing buprenorphine, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and adolescent substance use.

Our intent is to activate attention to issues about substance use disorders for all providers caring for pregnant women and women of child-bearing age who may be at increased risk for unintended pregnancy due to substance use patterns. Practical information provided herein will hopefully offer strategies to optimize team-based care for this vulnerable population and their unborn infants. We are grateful to our friends and colleagues, who contributed their time and expertise to this edition. Their commitment to quality care and advancement of patient safety are exemplary.

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Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, 2nd Edition. Catherine Watson Genna, $130.95

SUPPORTING SUCKING SKILLS IN BREASTFEEDING INFANTS provides information and strategies needed to assist normal infant feeding. Taking a deliberately multidisciplinary approach, the author draws on varied clinical experiences and empirical evidence to help consolidate information in a complete, usable framework for breastfeeding evaluation and support. This books provides the knowledge required for selecting the right level of intervention for supporting and improving sucking skills in healthy infants and those with anatomical variations, developmental respiratory issues, pre-maturity, and mild neurological deficits. Clinical photos in each chapter help the reader thoroughly visualize and understand the material.


Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: a Thoughtful Guide. Nicky Leap & Billie Hunter, $69.95

Fear of childbirth, the increasing use of epidurals and soaring caesarean section rates are the focus of much apprehension, debate, and controversy in contemporary maternity care. Across the world, support in labour has been shown to reduce obstetric interventions and improve outcomes for women and babies, yet women often report feeling unhappy with the support they receive. This textbook provides a clear and practical guide to supporting women in labour, looking at a range of techniques and approaches that promote a safe and positive experience of birth for women and their families.

Written by two highly experienced midwifery authors, this text draws on up-to-date research, identifying how evidence can be applied to everyday practice. It includes narratives from women and practitioners, including midwives, doulas, childbirth educators and students. These are used to illustrate a range of situations where the quality of support is central to the quality of the experience and outcome. Supporting Women for Labour and Birth encourages readers to reflect on their experiences and examine the evidence provided by both research and the experiences of women and practitioners in order to explore how this could be incorporated into their practice.

The only book to deal directly with the practical and emotional issues associated with labour support, it is an ideal text for student midwives and an important reference for practising midwives, doulas and other childbirth practitioners.


Supporting Women to Give Birth at Home: a Practical Guide for Midwives. Mary Steen, Editor, $69.90

SUPPORTING WOMEN TO GIVE BIRTH AT HOME describes and discusses the main challenges and issues that midwives and maternity services encounter when preparing for and attending a home birth. To ensure that a home birth is a real option for women, midwives need to be able to believe in a woman’s ability to give birth at home and to promote this birth option, providing evidence-based information about benefits and risks.

This practical guide will help midwives to have the necessary skills, resources and confidence to support homebirth. The book includes:

  • the implications homebirth has upon midwifery practice
  • how midwives can prepare and support women and their families
  • the midwife’s role and responsibilities
  • pain management options

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Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse. Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng, $55.95

Sexual abuse and the reactions to it affect mothers' whole lives—from thinking about having children all the way to being grandmothers. These effects are far-reaching and deeply felt. Survivor Moms shares narrative excerpts from interviews with women who have survived abuse; along with the clinical perspectives of midwives and contributions from other healthcare professionals. Whether you are a survivor, a midwife, a mental health provider, or you know a survivor who is on this path, you will learn from this book about mothering and the ongoing journey of healing and surviving.


Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Midwifery Practice: CSA, Birth and Powerlessness. Lis Garratt, $46.50

Many midwives will care for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA), whether these women disclose this or not. Pregnant and birthing women commonly experience their bodies becoming 'public property’, a variety of sometimes intimate medical procedures, and limited choices on where and how care is provided. For CSA survivors, who have suffered loss of ownership over their bodies as children and may experience recurring feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, these factors can combine with impersonal and medicalized settings and practices to deeply traumatic effect.

Many midwives also experience powerlessness and loss of control as professionals as a result of these same settings and practices, and those midwives who are themselves CSA survivors bring a particularly acute awareness of this and of the needs of survivor mothers. This unique study sets out to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of these mothers by exploring them alongside the parallel experiences of survivor midwives. It explores the insights and reflections they together bring to midwifery and the positive results of more collaborative, personal, communicative and ultimately empowering practices for all involved.


Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association, $100.95; Instructor's Manual $71.50; DVD $70.50

The Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) is an educational program jointly sponsored with the American Heart Association (AHA). The course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. Content updates include:

  • Text updated to reflect the latest 2015 AAP/AHA Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care of the Neonate
  • Changes in the NRP™ Algorithm
  • Elimination of Evaluation of Amniotic Fluid in Initial Rapid Assessment
  • Use of Supplemental Oxygen During Neonatal Resuscitation
  • Use of Pulse Oximetry
  • Two new chapters added covering preparing for resuscitation and post-resuscitation care
  • 140 new full-color photographs replacing most line drawings

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Traumatic Childbirth. Cheryl Tatano Beck, Jeanne Watson Driscoll & Sue Watson, $70.50

Postpartum depression has become a more recognized mental illness over the past decade as a result of education and increased awareness. Traumatic childbirth, however, is still often overlooked, resulting in a scarcity of information for health professionals. This ground-breaking book brings together an academic, a clinician and a birth trauma activist. Each chapter discusses current research, women’s stories, the common themes in the stories and the implications of these for practice, clinical case studies and a clinician’s insights and recommendations for care. Topics covered include: mothers’ perspectives, fathers’ perspectives, the impact on breastfeeding, the impact on subsequent births, PTSD after childbirth and EMDR treatment for PTSD.

This book is a valuable resource for health professionals who come into contact with new mothers, providing the most current and accurate information on traumatic childbirth. It also presents mothers’ experiences in a manner that is accessible to women, their partners, and families.


Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders During Pregnancy: a Comprehensive Approach to Caring for Mother and Child. Hendrée Jones & Karol Kaltenbach, $59.95

This book provides a first in-depth, comprehensive, and evidenced-based overview of the treatment of substance use disorders in the pregnant client. It provides readers with materials that will not only aid them in identifying, assessing, and understanding the issues involved in treating these women, but also the practical tools to implement the best practices from comprehensive care programs specializing in this sort of treatment. Each chapter strikes a balance between the best scientific information available and reasoned, clinical wisdom to fill in where evidence-based information is unavailable — all in a form that is practical and accessible. It is a valuable tool for clinicians and service providers across disciplines.


2017 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses. Amy Karch, $24.50

The 2017 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses provides current, vital drug information “in a nutshell.” Based on the popular Lippincott Nursing Drug Guide by Amy Karch, this handy pocket guide by the same author gives essential information on over 2,000 medications in an easy-access A-to-Z format. The “mini” drug monographs include generic and trade names, drug class, pregnancy risk category and controlled substance schedule, “black box” warnings, indications & dosages, dose adjustments, adverse effects, drug interactions, nursing considerations, and patient teaching. A special section reviews Patient Safety and Medication Administration. Appendices cover topical and ophthalmic medications, laxatives, combination products, contraceptives, biological agents (vaccines), and more. Also includes free online access to Monthly Drug Updates and a Toolkit loaded with hundreds of additional drug-related resources on thePoint.

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Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year: a Holistic Approach, 7th Edition. Anne Frye, $94.95

Diagnostic Tests is an invaluable reference used by parents, doulas, educators, nurses and doctors, and midwives. The seventh edition of Diagnostic Tests is updated and contains about 395 additional pages over the 6th ed.


Varney's Midwifery, 5th Edition. Helen Varney, Tekoa King, Mary Brucker, Jan Kriebs, Jenifer Fahey, Carolyn Gegor, $302.95

The gold standard for midwives and students is back with Varney’s Midwifery, Fifth Edition. New to this edition are chapters describing the profession of midwifery, reproductive physiology, clinical genetics, and support for women in labor. Interwoven throughout is information on primary care, gynecology, maternity care, and neonatal care. With chapters written by a variety of expert midwives and an increased emphasis on reproductive anatomy and physiology, this new edition assists students and clinicians in understanding not only what to do but why. Updated to reflect evidence-based care, this edition also discusses the pathophysiology of various conditions in the context of normal changes in the reproductive cycle. Also included are numerous new anatomical and clinical illustrations.

In this edition, the skills chapters have been significantly revised and reformatted into relevant chapter appendices to help students, new midwives, and international readers learn essential skills in sequential steps. These critical midwifery skills include performing a pelvic examination, hand maneuvers for birth, delivery of a fetus in breech presentation, and current evidence-based steps for managing a postpartum hemorrhage. New Chapters Include:

  • Professional Midwifery Today
  • Mental Health Conditions
  • Breast Conditions
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Female Reproductive System
  • Physiologic Changes in Pregnancy and Fetal Development
  • Genetics
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Pregnancy: Placental, Fetal, and Maternal Adaptations
  • Support for Women in Labor
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Postpartum
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Newborn

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Waiting for the Sun. Alison Lohans, illustrated by Marilyn Mets & Peter Ledwon, $7.95

Each summer day Mollie wakes up, waits for the prairie sun to rise, and hopes that today the baby will be born. Waiting for the baby is like waiting for the sun to come up in the morning — it takes its own sweet time. Finally, in the middle of the night, the midwife comes over and soon after, the baby arrives! Mollie races to her parents’ room see her new brother. His eyes are squeezed shut and his face is wrinkled and red.

"He's ugly!" Mollie announces.

But when she holds her new brother he opens his eyes and looks right at her. Mollie can't help but smile. Together, they watch the sun come up, and Mollie decides this is quite enough for now.


We’re Having a Homebirth! Kelly Mochel, $8.95 (ages 3-9)

This colourful booklet, illustrated in a contemporary ‘avatar’ style, helps young children prepare for the upcoming homebirth of a sibling — including the role of the midwife, noises mom might make and breastfeeding.


When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus, $46.95

The only book of its kind, When Survivors Give Birth provides survivors and their maternity caregivers with extensive information on the prevalence and short- and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, emphasizing its possible impact on childbearing women. Challenges in the client-caregiver relationship are thoroughly portrayed, with much practical advice for improving trust and communication as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse-related distress. Chapters on birth counseling, psychotherapy, and clinical care of survivors make this book a useful resource for survivors and all who work with them.

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Williams Manual of Pregnancy Complications, 23rd Edition.  Kenneth Leveno, Senior Editor, $96.95

WILLIAMS MANUAL OF PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS is a carry-anywhere, condensed guide to the Williams protocols for diagnosis of obstetrical, medical, and surgical complications for mother and child during pregnancy.


Williams Obstetrics, 24th Edition. F. Cunningham, et al. $248.95; Study Guide $120.95

Williams Obstetrics is the most detailed, comprehensive, and rigorously referenced text on the subject. This edition of Williams Obstetrics continues to emphasize the scientific-based underpinnings and evidence-based practices of the specialty. This is accomplished by using incorporating more than 3,000 new literature citations and guidelines from the most trusted professional and academic organizations.

One of the important features of the twenty-fourth edition is a greater focus on the fetus as a patient and an expanded discussion of fetal diagnosis and therapy. This is complemented by more than 100 new sonographic and MR images of common fetal abnormalities. A new reorganization of the text enables the book to highlight more effectively the myriad disorders that may complicate pregnancy.

Williams Obstetrics provides a convenient, clinically relevant text of value to the busy practitioner. The book summarizes important new data that has influenced evidence-based management to improve pregnancy outcomes. Much of this data is conveniently distilled into newly created tables and diagnostic and treatment algorithms.


With Child: Substance Abuse During Pregnancy — a Woman-Centered Approach. Susan Boyd & Lenora Marcellus, Editors, $23.00

The contributors to this volume propose that those who provide services for pregnant drug-using women must recognize that care of women with social problems that affect pregnancy outcome should be approached in the same way as care for women with medical problems that have obstetric consequences. This book provides practitioners and researchers with valuable information about maternal drug use, best practices and policy.

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Complete Booklist

Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Jane Coad, $78.95

Ancestral Women. Kiiskakuna Productions, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canadian Independent Film & Video Fund, Directed by Rosana Matecki, $19.95 (DVD, 48 minutes)

Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Denise Tiran, $45.95

A-Z Midwifery. Diane Fraser & Margaret Cooper, $22.95

Baillière’s Midwives’ Dictionary, 13th Edition. Denise Tiran, $34.95

Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 12th Edition. by Lynn Bickley, $187.50

Bates' Pocket Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking, 8th Edition. $90.95

Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition. Rosemary Mander & Valerie Fleming, Editors, $46.50

Bereavement Care for Childbearing Women and Their Families. Caroline Hollins Martin & Eleanor Forrest, $44.50

Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, 2nd Edition. Edited by Barbara Anderson, Judith Rooks & Rebecca Barroso, $136.95

Birth Emergency Skills Training: Manual for Out of Hospital Midwives. Bonnie Gruenberg, $40.95

Bleeding During Pregnancy: a Comprehensive Guide. Edited by Eyal Sheiner, $82.95

Canadian Maternity, Newborn & Women's Health Nursing, 2nd Canadian Edition. R. Evans, et al, $161.50

Cancer in Pregnancy and Lactation: the Motherisk Guide. Edited by Gideon Koren & Michael Lishner, $137.95

The CenteringPregnancy® Model: the Power of Group Health Care. Sharon Schindler Rising & Charlotte Houde Quimby, $93.95

Community Midwifery Practice. Edited by Jenny Edwins, $82.99

Dignity in Health Care: a Practical Approach for Nurses and Midwives. Milika Matiti, $45.95

Disability in Pregnancy and Childbirth. Edited by Stella Frances McKay-Moffat, $67.95

Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: a Reference Guide to Neonatal Risk, 11th Edition. Gerald Briggs, Roger Freeman & Sumner Yaffe. $158.50

Dynamic Positions in Birth: a Fresh Look at How Women's Bodies Work in Labour. Margaret Jowitt, $22.95

Emergencies Around Childbirth: a Handbook for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Edited by Maureen Boyle, $63.00

Essential Calculation Skills for Nurses, Midwives and Healthcare Practitioners. Meriel Hutton, $23.95

The Essential Homebirth Guide: for Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home. Jane Drichta & Jodilyn Owen, $18.99

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Essentials of Fetal Monitoring, 4th Edition. Michelle Murray, Gayle Huelsmann & Nanci Koperski, $64.95

Evidence-Based Care for Breastfeeding Mothers: a Resource for Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals, 2nd Edition. Maria Pollard, $55.90

Evidence Based Midwifery: Applications in Context. Edited by Helen Spiby & Jane Munro, $69.99

Evidence and Skills for Normal Labour and Birth, 2nd Edition: a Guide for Midwives. Denis Walsh, $60.50

Examination of the Newborn: an Evidence-Based Guide, 2nd Edition. Edited by Anne Lomax, $48.99

Examination of the Newborn: a Practical Guide, 3rd Edition. Helen Baston, Ira Birdwhistell & Heather Durward, $69.90

Family-Centered Care for the Newborn: the Delivery Room and Beyond. Terry Griffin & Joanna Celenza, $79.50

Fetal Monitoring in Practice, 3rd Edition. Donald Gibb & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, $64.95

Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes. Linda Cole, Melissa Avery, Editors, $86.50

Fundamentals of Midwifery: a Textbook for Midwives. Edited by Louise Lewis, $51.99

Handbook of Midwifery Research. Mary Steen & Taniya Roberts, $39.99

Healing Passage: a Midwife's Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth, 6th Edition. Anne Frye, $109.95

Health Promotion in Midwifery: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition. Edited by Jan Bowden & Vicky Manning, $55.90

Heart & Hands: a Midwife's Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th Edition. Elizabeth Davis, $41.00

Holistic Midwifery: a Comprehensive Textbook for Midwives in Homebirth Practice. Anne Frye, $115.95

Holistic Midwifery, Vol. II, 2nd Edition: Care During Labor and Birth. Anne Frye, $189.95

How You Were Born. Mònica Calaf & Mikel Fuentes, $12.95

Hypnobirth: Evidence, Practice and Support for Birth Professionals. Teri Gavin-Jones & Sandra Handford, $62.50

Infections Affecting Pregnancy and Childbirth. Judy Bothamley & Maureen Boyle, $80.95

Introduction to Research for Midwives, 3rd Edition. Colin Rees, $56.95

Keep the Fires Burning: Conquering Stress and Burnout as a Mother-Baby Professional. Micky Jones, $23.95

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Labor and Delivery Care: a Practical Guide. Wayne Cohen & Emanuel Friedman, $138.95

The Labor Progress Handbook: Early Interventions to Prevent and Treat Dystocia, 4th edition. Penny Simkin, Lisa Hanson & Ruth Ancheta, $59.99

Life's Vital Link: the Astonishing Role of the Placenta. Y.W. Loke, $29.95

Listening Visits in Perinatal Mental Health: a Guide for Health Professionals and Support Workers. Jane Hanley, $67.00

Mama Midwife: a Birth Adventure. Christy Tyner, $18.95

Managing Preexisting Diabetes & Pregnancy: Technical Reviews and Consensus Recommendations for Care. Kitzmiller, Jovanovic, Brown, Coustan & Reader, editors; $132.95

Manual of Neonatal Care, 6th Edition. John Cloherty, et al. $81.50

Mayes' Midwifery, 15th Edition. Sue Macdonald & Gail Johnson, Editor, $95.95

Medical Disorders in Pregnancy: a Manual for Midwives, 2nd Edition. Edited by Elizabeth Robson & Jason Waugh, $64.99

Medical Management of Pregnancy Complicated Diabetes, 4th Edition. Edited by Lois Jovanovič; American Diabetes Association, $73.95

Medications and Mothers’ Milk 2017, 17th Edition. Thomas Hale & Hilary Rowe, $86.50

Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting After Perinatal Loss. Joann O'Leary & Jane Warland, $75.50

Midwifery Essentials Volume 1: Basics, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 3: Labour, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 4: Postnatal, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston, Joyce Marshall & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Essentials Volume 5: Infant Feeding, 2nd Edition. Helen Baston, Joyce Marshall & Jenny Hall, $23.95

Midwifery Practice: Critical Illness, Complications and Emergencies Case Book. Maureen Raynor, Jayne Marshall & Karen Jackson, $56.95

Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 3rd Edition. Sally Pairman, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood & Sally Tracy, $142.00

A Midwife's Handbook. Constance Sinclair, $85.95

The Midwife’s Labour and Birth Handbook, 3rd Edition. Vicky Chapman & Cathy Charles, $63.99

The Midwife’s Pocket Formulary, 3rd Edition. Liz Davey & Debbee Houghton, $46.95

Midwives Coping with Loss and Grief: Stillbirth, Professional, and Personal Losses. Doreen Kenworthy & Mavis Kirkham, $59.95

Mosby's Canadian Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, First Canadian Edition. Sandra Pike-MacDonald, Pagana & Pagana, $65.95

Mosby’s Nursing Drug Reference 2017: 30th Edition. Linda Skidmore-Roth, $58.95

Mosby's Pocket Guide to Fetal Monitoring, 8th Edition: a Multidisciplinary Approach. Lisa Miller, David Miller & Rebecca Cypher, $63.95

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families: a Multidisciplinary Guide. Paul Nash, Madeleine Parkes & Zamir Hussain, $29.95

Myles Midwifery: Anatomy and Physiology Workbook. Jean Rankin, $38.95

Myles Pocket Reference for Midwives. Cathy Ashwin & Michelle Anderson, $20.95

Myles Survival Guide to Midwifery, 3rd Edition. Edited by Maureen Raynor & Christine Catling, $46.95

Myles Textbook for Midwives, 16th Edition. Edited by Jayne Marshall & Maureen Raynor, $104.00

The Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale, 4th Edition. T Berry Brazelton & J Kevin Nugent, $76.95

Neonatal Emergencies. Georg Hansmann, Editor, $100.95

Neonatal Formulary: Drug Use in Pregnancy and the First Year of Life, 7th Edition. Sean Ainsworth, $117.95

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Normal Childbirth, 2nd Edition: Evidence and Debate. Edited by Susan Downe, $63.95

Nurturing New Families: a Guide to Supporting Parents. Naomi Kemeny, $22.95

Obstetric and Intrapartum Emergencies: a Practical Guide to Management. Edited by Edwin Chandraharan & Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, $70.95

Oxford Handbook of Midwifery, 3rd Edition. Edited by Janet Medforth, Linda Ball, Angela Walker, Sue Battersby, and Sarah Stables, $54.00

Oxorn Foote Human Labor and Birth, 6th Edition. Glenn Posner, Jessica Dy, Amanda Black & Griffith Jones, $133.95

Oxytocin: the Biological Guide to Motherhood. Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, $39.95

Pain in Childbearing and Its Control: Key Issues for Midwives and Women. Rosemary Mander, $65.99

Physical Assessment of the Newborn: a Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Examination, 5th Edition. Ellen Tappero & Mary Ellen Honeyfield, Editors. $86.50

A Pocket Guide to Clinical Midwifery: the Efficient Midwife. Lauren Dutton, Jessica Densmore & Meredith Turner, $50.95

A Pocket Guide for Student Midwives, 2nd Edition. Stella McKay-Moffat & Pam Lee, $9.99

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care (PCPNC): a Guide for Essential Practice, 3rd Edition. World Health Organization (WHO), UNFPA & UNICEF, $68.95

Prenatal and Postnatal Care: a Woman-Centered Approach. Robin Jordan, Janet Engstrom, Julie Marfell & Cindy Farley, $108.99

Primary Care of the Newborn, 4th Edition. Henry Seidel, Beryl Rosenstein, Ambadas Pathak, & Wendell McKay, $74.95

Psychology for Midwives: Pregnancy, Childbirth and Puerperium. Maureen Raynor & Carole England, $56.95

Qualitative Research in Midwifery and Childbirth: Phenomenological Approaches. Edited by Gill Thomson, Fiona Dykes & Soo Downe, $48.95

Quick Reference for the Lactation Professional, 2nd Edition. Judith Lauwers, $67.95

Revisiting Waterbirth: an Attitude to Care, 2nd Edition. Dianne Garland, $71.95

The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep: Current Findings on Bedsharing, Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, and Normal Infant Sleep. Wendy Middlemiss & Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Editors, $19.95

Skills for Midwifery Practice, 4th Edition. Ruth Johnson & Wendy Taylor, $82.95

Sociology for Midwives. Edited by Ruth Deery, Elaine Denny & Gayle Letherby, $37.95

Spiritual Midwifery, 4th Edition. Ina May Gaskin, $23.95

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The Student's Guide to Becoming a Midwife, 2nd Edition. Ian Peate & Cathy Hamilton, Editors, $52.95

Substance Abuse During Pregnancy. Hilary Smith Connery & William Rayburn, Editors, $113.00

Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants, 2nd Edition. Catherine Watson Genna, $130.95

Supporting Women for Labour and Birth: a Thoughtful Guide. Nicky Leap & Billie Hunter, $69.95

Supporting Women to Give Birth at Home: a Practical Guide for Midwives. Mary Steen, Editor, $69.90

Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse. Mickey Sperlich & Julia Seng, $55.95

Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Midwifery Practice: CSA, Birth and Powerlessness. Lis Garratt, $46.50

Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 7th Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics & American Heart Association, $100.95; Instructor's Manual $71.95; DVD $70.50

2017 Lippincott Pocket Drug Guide for Nurses. Amy Karch, $24.50

Traumatic Childbirth. Cheryl Tatano Beck, Jeanne Watson Driscoll & Sue Watson, $70.50

Treating Women with Substance Use Disorders During Pregnancy: a Comprehensive Approach to Caring for Mother and Child. Hendrée Jones & Karol Kaltenbach, $59.95

Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year: a Holistic Approach, 7th Edition. Anne Frye, $94.95

Varney's Midwifery, 5th Edition. Helen Varney, Tekoa King, Mary Brucker, Jan Kriebs, Jenifer Fahey, Carolyn Gegor, $302.95

Waiting for the Sun. Alison Lohans, illustrated by Marilyn Mets & Peter Ledwon, $6.95 (children's book about a homebirth, ages 4-9)

We're Having a Homebirth! Kelly Mochel, $8.95 (ages 3-9)

When a Baby Dies: a Handbook for Healing And Helping. Limbo & Wheeler, $22.95

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women. Penny Simkin & Phyllis Klaus, $46.95

Williams Manual of Pregnancy Complications, 23rd Edition.  Kenneth Leveno, Senior Editor, $96.95

Williams Obstetrics, 24th Edition. F. Cunningham, et al. $248.95; Study Guide $120.95

With Child: Substance Abuse During Pregnancy — a Woman-Centered Approach. Susan Boyd & Lenora Marcellus, Editors, $23.00

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