Editorial Review    Midwifery Today

Birthsong Midwifery Workbook, 3rd edition, by Daphne Singingtree, CPM, LM

I’ll bet that Daphne Singingtree has been a teacher of midwifery just as long as she’s been a midwife, which has been for the last 27 years. She’s taken seriously a calling to share her knowledge, strengthen midwifery, and welcome more and more midwives to the fold. Her Midwifery Workbook, which first appeared in print in 1984, grows with her expanding knowledge, and this third edition is her best work yet.Eleven chapters cover the basics of birth and midwifery—from a history lesson to study skills; embryology and fetal development to nutrition and herbs; the trimesters, labor and birth; postpartum and breastfeeding.Daphne has a real feel for stating what’s important and leaving out the extraneous chatter and interesting but distracting asides. She is a natural at teaching in an organized way: every chapter begins with a list of objectives, subjects are clearly stated and can be easily located, the workbook is packed with excellent exercises, and myriad line drawings clarify things for us visual types. A nine-page glossary provides a quick reference or can be an effective study guide.Name a basic midwifery-related subject and you’re almost certain to see it addressed in this workbook. This teaching guide is a bargain and a blessing!

Written by Cher Mikkola, contibuting editor of Midwifery Today

Training Midwives: A Guide for Preceptors, 2nd Ed., Daphne Singingtree and contributors, 2004.

As Midwifery has reemerged in the past decades, it has been continually transformed and redefined as its practitioners, guides, teachers and consumers. Daphne Singingtree has played an important part in this transformation through her midwifery practice, her Oregon School of Midwifery training courses and her publications. Her updated guide for preceptors is no exception.

Daphne’s book starts with an over view of midwifery education, its history and its future. She then includes the personal stories of 17 midwives who have worked as apprentice, preceptor or both. Their stories offer immediacy, inspiration and hardy testimony to a teaching/learning method that is thousands of years old and found in all cultures. The nitty-gritty of the book, however, is in the sections called “preceptor” and “student”. Here Singingtree’s talents as a Teacher shine through. Ample use of checklists, bullet lists, question/answer features, forms and charts makes this user-friendly compilation of her teaching skills, no doubt refined over many years of instructing others in the art of midwifery. Information is highly accessible; the reader can pick and choose what to bring into her own preceptorship’ bill of rights, responsibilities, qualities, clinical teaching tips and communication skills to students’ thinking skills, self-directed learning , contracts, evaluation forms, challenges and more.

In the spirit of the Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council’s (MEAC) mission to “promote quality education through midwifery accreditation and Registry of Midwifery (NARM) Mission to provide a nurturing forum for support and cooperation among midwives,” this book accomplishes much toward supporting these important goals.

Written by Cher Mikkola, contibuting editor of Midwifery Today

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