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Top Book Rec's To Read Before NARM

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Hello, ladies!  I have sent my application and all into NARM and hope to be able to test in February.  I was hoping to get some feedback on what books you all might recommend to best prepare for NARM.  I have the list of required and reccommended books and have been reading some of those but I am curious what books seem to hold the most knowledge to better prepare for NARM.  Any insight is greatly appreciated!

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I am in the same boat as you taking the test in February so I can't tell you that what I am planning will work but I plan on really rereading and outlining Heart and Hands. I hear over and over again that there are questions word for word from that text. I printed out the CIB and wrote up a outline for every topic during my studies. Example pre-e, cause, symptoms,tests performed, medical options, natural options, how it would affect mom, how it would affect baby, plus notations of where I found the info in each of my texts HM, Varneys, Human Labor and Birth etc. It makes it really easy to study and I can carry a binder with the 100 or so different topics I have written up around with me to prenatals in case something comes up. I also think I am going to purchase this study guide Certified Midwives Exam Secrets only because it has been 10 years since I took a standardized test and I could use all the help I can in that way. I also plan to join an online study group and in the end I am just plain not that worried I guess. There are also some past threads on this. PM if you want.

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I knew Hearts and Hands inside out and read Varney's twice, once while in school and then again to study for the NARM. I also referenced Oxorn and Foote often to help with physiology and mechanisms of birth. In the months leading up to the exam I highlighted everything I did not know off the top of my head.  I then studied them again in the couple of weeks right before the exam.  I was well prepared.  The only thing I would add is very basic herbal, homeopathic and other alternative remedies.  I think I mostly just read Susan Weed's Herbs for the Childbearing Year.  Good Luck!

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