New Varney’s Midwifery Edition Has Several Georgetown Connections

OCTOBER 29, 2013 - A new edition of a well-known midwifery textbook includes a number of Georgetown University contributors.

Varney’s Midwifery – published by Jones & Bartlett Learning and now in its fifth edition – counts among its editors textbook originator Helen Varney Burst (H'87), MSN, CNM, DHL (Hon.), FACNM, a professor emerita at Yale School of Nursing who received an honorary doctorate from Georgetown in 1987.

The latest includes “chapters describing the profession of midwifery, reproductive physiology, clinical genetics, and support for women in labor,” the book’s Web site notes.  “Interwoven throughout is information on primary care, gynecology, maternity care, and neonatal care.”

Georgetown Contributors

Several current and former faculty members in the Department of Nursing at the School of Nursing & Health Studies played a role in the fifth edition.

Mary C. Brucker, PhD, CNM, FACNM, adjunct assistant professor, is one of six editors along with Carolyn Gegor, MS, CNM, FACNM, a past member of the faculty.

Karen Trister Grace, MSN, CNM, interim director of the Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Program; Jennifer Demma, MSN, CNM, clinical faculty director; Kate McHugh, MSN, CNM, FACNM, adjunct assistant professor; Nancy Jo Reedy, MPH, CNM, FACNM, adjunct instructor; and Ladan Eshkevari, PhD, CRNA, LAc, assistant director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, are contributors.  Kimberly Trout, PhD, CNM, a former faculty member, is also a contributor.

‘Expert Midwives’

Nurse-midwifery alumnae Marsha E. Jackson (G'82), CNM, MS, FACNM, and Alice Bailes (G'82), MS, CNM, two preceptors for the NM/WHNP Program, have contributed to the book.  And Tekoa L. King, MPH, CNM, FACNM, who received a certificate in nurse-midwifery at Georgetown in 1978, is one of the six editors.

“With chapters written by a variety of expert midwives and an increased emphasis on reproductive anatomy and physiology, this new edition assists students and clinicians in understanding not only what to do but why,” the book’s Web site says. “Updated to reflect evidence-based care, this edition also discusses the pathophysiology of various conditions in the context of normal changes in the reproductive cycle.”

The fifth edition includes new anatomical and clinical illustrations.

By Bill Cessato