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#1 of 11 Old 09-21-2009, 01:46 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I plan on eventually buying the Frye's Holistic Midwifery Volumes I and II and also Varney's Midwifery....

But if you had to choose either Anne Frye's Holistic Midwifery Volume II (labor and birth) OR Varney's Midwifery....which would you buy first?

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Depends on what you plan to use it for. I personally would by HM vol.II, but your situation may be different. It is written for homebirth.
Varneys covers prenatal as well, the stuff that is covered in HM vol I, but it is very much written for Nurse Midwifery.

Check any libraries near you as well. I found Varney's at a college library near me, but no Holistic midwifery, so I could use that to get me by on the one and buy the other.

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Our school had us buy Varney's first.
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Bought all of Anne Frye's stuff. Still don't have Varneys, But have had Myles for decades...
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Frye for sure.

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I started out with Myles and I still really like it. Frye was a fabulous addition. I have used Varney's for some info but not very much.

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Personally, I have no use for Frye I, and didn't even bother buying II. I didn't have much use for Varney's either. I put Frye I away after the first week and stuck to Myles and Ambulatory Obstetrics.
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Thanks for your responses, everyone!!! I ended up purchasing Frye's Vol II, but will eventually purchase Myle's, Varney's, and Frye's Vol I.

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I personally liked HM1 quite a bit. I just purchased HM2 and haven't gotten into it yet. I've owned Varney's for a long time and it's way too obstetric minded for me and I don't enjoy reading it at all. I like that HM is written for homebirth midwives.

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I personally liked HM1 quite a bit. I just purchased HM2 and haven't gotten into it yet. I've owned Varney's for a long time and it's way too obstetric minded for me and I don't enjoy reading it at all. I like that HM is written for homebirth midwives.
Me too. And the older versions of Myles(up to the 12th I think) have review questions at the back of every chapter. It was a great study help, and I had to keep in mind the differences between UK practice(metric system and different names of drugs) and US.... But I still love my Myles
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I think for a HB midwife, Volume II had more useful information. I particularly love her sections on the mechanisms of labor for every possible fetal presentation under the sun and her section on the newborn exam, which was the most thorough I've read anywhere. I felt like she was a little alarmist in some places, which is very un-Frye-like and I also felt the standard "is anyone really going to DO this?!" response that I feel with a lot of Frye's writing (stimulating cervical pressure points to induce labor comes to mind as one of the things that is just so far "out there"). But I've loaned out Varney's and Volume I and will probably never part with Volume II...there's too much great and useful information in it for me.

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