The Hemorrhage Handbook
Jan Tritten, editor
[2002, Eugene, Oregon: Midwifery Today, $18.00, 80 pages, paperback]
[Review first published in Midwifery Today Issue 72, Winter 2004, © 2004, Midwifery Today, Inc. Review by Cher Mikkola.]
When Midwifery Today founder and mother Jan Tritten plans conferences, she almost always includes a class about hemorrhage, because nearly every practitioner dreads it and thus wants to be informed about and prepared for it. For midwives who can't attend a conference, here is a thorough and succinct guide to understanding, preventing and resolving postpartum hemorrhage, and it comes in a size and format that puts information right at your fingertips, no matter where you are.
This intensive study of hemorrhage covers all the bases. It includes how-to guides for prenatal prevention of hemorrhage, including nutrition, herbs and treatment of anemia. Note that sometimes a practitioner must completely change her approach during labor and birth to prevent hemorrhage. Several articles describe a variety of methods to treat hemorrhage, should it occur, including an eye-opening Traditional Chinese Medicine model of diagnosis and treatment that may completely change your notions about hemorrhage. Little Black Book pages—midwives' easy-access, in-the-moment notes—and techniques sidebars are liberally distributed throughout the booklet.
Knowledge is not only empowering, it allays fear. This Holistic Clinical Series publication provides a safety net for you and your pregnant women and is an absolute must-have for all midwives.
Reviewer Cher Mikkola is a contributing editor at Midwifery Today magazine, the editor of Midwifery Today E-News, and a freelance writer, editor and proofreader who specializes in the field of birth.