Books

Now availableI’m the author or editor of fifteen books about birth and midwifery.  Most are readily available, though one (Induction: Do I really need it?) has now been replaced by a completely new book on the same topic, Inducing Labour: Making Informed Decisions. My most recent book, 101 Tips for Planning, Writing and Surviving Your Dissertation, is now available from Amazon and I’m delighted to see from the reviews that it’s really helping students of all levels with their studies. You can find out more about that book here 😀

I do carry some of my own books for when I’m speaking at workshops in the UK, so if you are having trouble locating one of my books, or want to discuss buying several copies of something, or getting signed copies for a special prize or treat, then you are welcome to contact me and I will try my best to help or put you in touch with someone who can.

This page gives more info on each of my books, and links to buy them from amazon.co.uk. (These are affiliate links, so if you buy books using these links, Amazon gives me a few pennies each time at no additional cost to you. All the money goes towards keeping my website online). You can also visit my Amazon Author page.

Anti-D in Midwifery: Panacea or Paradox? was the very first book I wrote and, to my knowledge, it remains the only book that looks at anti-D and the issues around this in a comprehensive way.  It was first published in 2001, but much of what it in it remains current, and it is still a popular book which asks why, if women’s bodies are designed to give birth without intervention for the majority of the time, anti-D is deemed necessary? The book explores the paradox between physiological birth and the routine ‘need’ for anti-D and highlights some interesting evidence which may throw light on this paradox.  I often post updates on this topic on this website, but the book remains the core source of information that I have written on this topic.

Appraising Research into Childbirth: An Interactive Workbook is designed to help midwives, students and others to be able to navigate the maze of evidence-informed practice and make sense of the very different kinds of research that are published in midwifery, medical and related journals. The book includes the text of eight previously published research articles that present both qualitative and quantitative research studies, and the chapter authors take the reader through the papers in a step-by-step fashion, helping increase understanding with the use of notes and questions on all elements of the research from the methodology to the interpretation of the results. Tips, tools, discussions and checklists and a guide to statistics help to further demystify research.

I edited the Midwifery Best Practice series for several years and we produced five volumes in total – which, to answer the question I am most commonly asked, all contain completely different material and are not updates of the same book!  The books contain articles that were originally published in The Practising Midwife and, in later volumes, Midwifery and The Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.  These articles are grouped into themes and supplemented with original articles and reflective summaries and questions written especially for these volumes and which you won’t find anywhere else.

Each of the volumes contains sections relating to pregnancy, labour and birth, the postnatal / neonatal period and a lovely varied collection of articles which come under the heading of ‘stories and reflection’, but the Midwifery: Best Practice, Volume 1 (pictured above) for instance, contains additional collections of articles on choice, antenatal education, the third stage of labour, abuse and alternative therapies.  In Midwifery: Best Practice, Volume 2, we supplemented the core sections with articles looking at normal birth, domestic violence, elements of risk and parenting.

The ‘focus on’ sections in Midwifery: Best Practice, Volume 3 include articles on the subjects of families, spirituality, alternative therapies and loss, bereavement and grief.  Again, the core sections cover the key areas of women, midwives and choice, pregnancy, labour and birth, life after birth and stories and reflection.  I realise that students in particular are often expected to cite very recent literature, but there is still so much to be learned from slightly older articles as well, especially for those who are learning midwifery or seeking knowledge to help them gain entry to a midwifery course.

Some of the articles in these volumes have also become classics, and they were written at a really interesting time in the development of the midwifery literature.  Midwifery: Best Practice, Volume 4 includes sections on diversity, building communities of women and birth centres, and this volume includes – among tens of others – articles by Ina May Gaskin on cervical recoil, Judy Mercer on umbilical cord clamping and Mavis Kirkham on birth centres.

Last but not least, we have Midwifery: Best Practice, Volume 5.  This final volume contains collections of articles on the core topics of women and midwives, pregnancy, labour and birth, life after birth and stories and reflection,  It then has collections of articles on the birthing environment, women, midwives and risk, holistic health and international working and stories.

 

I have also written a number of books and booklets for AIMS, the most recent of which are Group B Strep Explained (2014), Inducing Labour: making informed decisions (2014) and (co-authored with Nadine Edwards) Birthing Your Placenta (2011).  These are available from AIMS website. I also have stock of some of them so, if you get stuck, you can contact me.

Older AIMS books of mine included What’s Right For Me (2002), Vitamin K and the Newborn (2003) and Induction: Do I really need it? (2004)).