Required Books

Background

Required Resources for NMI Course Work Completion*

*Unless otherwise noted, students should reference the most recent published edition of each resource. You will find the required reading also listed individually in each module. Books can be purchased as paper text or e-books or rented or borrowed from your local library’s interlibrary loan. (see resources below). NMI recommends you own the books on the NARM testing list for future reference and to study for the NARM.

Heart & Hands Course Work ~ Required Resources

Beginning/Intermediate

● Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th edition, Davis, Elizabeth

● The Rhythms of Women’s Desire: How Female Sexuality Unfolds at Every Stage of Life, Davis, Elizabeth

● Orgasmic Birth: Your Guide to a Safe, Satisfying and Pleasurable Birth Experience, Davis, Elizabeth, and Pascali-­Bonaro, Debra

● Witches, Midwives and Nurses, Ehrenreich, Barbara and English, Deirdre

● Myles Textbook for Midwives, 16TH Edition, Marshall, Jayne, Raynor, Maureen, ed.

● Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, Newman, Jack and Pitman, Teresa

● Nutrition Almanac, 6th edition, Kirschmann, John

● “The Midwives Model of Care” (pamphlet available from mana.org)

Advanced

● Heart & Hands: A Midwife’s Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, 5th edition, Davis, Elizabeth

● Varney’s Midwifery. 6th Edition, Tekoa L. King, Mary C. Brucker, Kathryn Osborne, Cecilia M. Jevitt

● Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Romm, Aviva Jill

● Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, 7th edition, Frye, Anne (Labrys Press) 2007.

Heart & Hands Course Work ~ Optional Resources

Advanced

● Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom (Revised), Northrup, Christiane

● The Women’s Wheel of Life, Davis, Elizabeth and Leonard, Carol


Study Group Course Work ~ Required Resources

● After the Baby’s Birth: A Woman’s Way to Wellness, Lim

● Best Practices in Midwifery: Using the Evidence to Implement Change, Anderson, Stone

● Birth Emergency Skills Training, Gruenberg

● Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health, Romm

● Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Professional, Lawrence & Lawrence

● Companioning at a time of Perinatal Loss, Heustis, Jenkins

● Contraceptive Technology, Hatcher, Trussell, Nelson, Cates, Kowal and Policar

● Healing Passage (Suturing Manual), Frye (especially for the model of pelvic muscles)

● Healing Wise, Weed

● Heart and Hands, Davis

● Herbal for the Childbearing Year, Weed

● Holistic Midwifery, Vol. I, Frye

● Holistic Midwifery, Vol. II, Frye

● Homebirth Cesarean, Jarecki

● Human Anatomy and Physiology, Marieb

● Myles Textbook for Midwives

● Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, Romm

● On Grief and Grieving, Kubler-­Ross (link to chapter 1 download)

● Physical Assessment of the Newborn: A Comprehensive Approach to the Art of Physical Examination, Tappero, Honeyfield

● Practice Guidelines for Midwifery and Women’s Health, Tharpe & Farley

● Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, Sperlich & Seng

● Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Weschler

● The Baby Book, Sears & Sears

● The Garden of Fertility, Singer

● The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth, Brill

● The Peace Book, Diamond (provided by NMI)

● This Bridge Called My Back

● Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, Frye

● Understanding Diagnostic Tests in the Childbearing Year, Frye

● Varney’s Midwifery

● Williams Manual of Pregnancy Complications

One of following:

● Beyond the Blues: Prenatal and Postpartum Depression, A Treatment Manual, Bennett

● This Isn’t What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression, Kleiman

● The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook, Gyoerkoe et al.

Study Group Course Work ~ Optional Resources

● Come As You Are, Nagoski

● Killing the Black Body, Roberts

● Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, Summers

● Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Same-­Sex Guide for Couples, Corwin

● Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing After Sexual Abuse, Seng & Sperlich

● The Cunt Coloring Book, Tee Corinne

● The Female Pelvis, Calais

● The Mother’s Guide to Sex, Semans, Winks

● Trans/Love: Radical Sex, Love, and Relationships Beyond the Binary, Diamond

● Trauma Stewardship, van Dernoot Lipsky

● Where’s The Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, MacDonald

● Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Betts

● -­Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Moskowitz

● A Book For Midwives, Klein

● A Difficult Decision, A Compassionate Book About Abortion, Gardner

● Anti-­D in Midwifery: Pancea or Paradox?, Wickman

● Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, Clark

● Aromatherapy and Herbal Remedies for Pregnancy, Birth, and Breastfeeding, Clark

● Belly Mapping Workbook, Tully

● Breast Cancer? Breast Health!, Weed

● Clinical Practice Guideline for Midwifery and Women’s Health, Tharpe, et al.

● Decision Assessment and Counseling in Abortion Care, Perrucci

● Down There: Sexual and Reproductive Health the Wise Woman Way, Weed

● Empty Arms: Coping with Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death, Isle

● Healing Choice by Candace De Puy, Ph.D and Dana Dovitch, Ph.D.

● Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Woman’s Workbook, Copeland & Harris

● Herbal Healing for Women, Gladstar

● Homeopathic Medicines for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Moskowitz

● Killing the Black Body, Roberts

● Menopausal Years the Wise Woman Way, Weed

● Midwifery, Prenatal, Herbs, and Breastfeeding, Tricks of the Trade Volume VI, Midwifery Today

● Natural Healing in Gynecology, Nissim

● Natural Healing in Gynecology, Nissim

● Naturally Healthy Babies and Children, Romm

● Pharmacology for Women’s Health, Brucker & King

● Posterior: A Collection of Articles from Midwifery Today Magazine (Booklet), Midwifery Today

● Primary Care of Women, Hackley

● Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, Nichols

● Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing, Gonzalez

● Silent Sorrow, Pregnancy Loss: Guidance and Support for You and You Family, Kohn, Moffett

● Skills for Midwifery Practice, Johnson, Taylor

● Taking Charge of Your Fertility, Weschler

● The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, Betts

● The Labor Progress Handbook, Simkin

● The Natural Pregnancy Book, Romm

● The New Essential Guide To Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth, Brill

● The Survivor’s Guide To Sex: How to Create Your Own Empowered Sexuality After Childhood Sexual Abuse, Haines

● The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Better Birth, Goer

● The Wisdom of Menopause, Northrup

● There Was Supposed To Be a Baby, Keating

● Trans Bodies, Trans Selves, Erickson-­Schroth

● Understanding and Teaching Optimal Foetal Positioning, Sutton and Scott

● Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organizing for Reproductive Justice, Sillman, Fried, Ross, & Guitérrez

● When Survivors Give Birth, Simkin

● Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom, Northrup

● Fundamentals of Fetal Health Surveillance, Canadian Perinatal Programs Coalition

Additional Recommended Resources on Diversity, Equity, Anti-­Racism, and Cultural Safety

●The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness -­ MichelleAlexander

●Japanese American Midwives: Culture, Community, and Health Politics, 1880-­

1950 -­ Susan L. Smith

●Monique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali -­ Kris Holloway

●The Holy Qur’an, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali

●The Qur’an, a new translation by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem

● Butterfly People, a novel -­ Robin Lim

●The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend -­ Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

●Gender Diversity: Crosscultural Variations -­ Serena Nanda

●Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions -­ Lisa Wade, Myra Marx Ferree

● Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent In Drag -­ A.K.Summers

● Dominant-­Minority Relations in America: Convergence in the New World -­ John P Meyers

●Privilege, Power, and Difference -­ Allan G. Johnson

●The Meaning of Freedom and Other Difficult Dialogues -­ Angela Y. Davis

●Rest in Power: A parents’ story of love, injustice, and the birth of a movement -­ Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

●Patrisia Gonzales, Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing (University of Arizona Press, 2012).

●Fear of Falling: The Inner Life of the Middle Class -­ Barbara Ehrenreich

●From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation -­ Keeanga-­Yamahtta Taylor

●Democracy In Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul -­ Eddie S.Glaude Jr

●The Covenant with Black America, Ten Years Later -­ Tavis Smiley

●Racism without Racists: Color-­Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial

●Inequality in America -­ Eduardo Bonilla-­Silva

●An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States -­ Roxanne Dunbar-­Ortiz

●Where’s The Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad -­ Trevor MacDonald

●K. Bridges, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization

●Sharla Fett, “Consciousness and Calling: African American Midwives at Work in the Antebellum South,” in New Studies in the History of American Slavery Eds. Edward E. Baptist and Stephanie M.H. Camp Article available through Google Books.

●J. Fried Stillman, et al. Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for

●Reproductive Justice (Cambridge: South End Press, 2004).

●Deirdre Cooper Owens, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology

●Harriet Washington, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical

Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (New York: Doubleday, 2006).

●Oporah et. al, Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Healthcare Crisis (Preclarus Press, 2018)

●Jenine Valrie Logan, Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers


Resources

Books can be bought, borrowed, rented or shared

Inter-library loan - your local library can get most books for you. Please talk to your local librarian

Library of Congress - Anyone can borrow these books. It must be done via your public library

Textbook Rentals - there are numerous sites online Chegg, Textbook Rentals, Campus Books or Amazon. Most books can be kept for a semester - google “textbook rental”