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HEALING PASSAGE: A Midwife’s Guide to the Care and Repair of the Tissues Involved in Birth

6th edition, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-891145-58-2

This unique book is a complete guide to the care of the pelvic tissues for midwifery level practice. It begins with a detailed section on female pelvic anatomy that includes many newly understood concepts regarding this region.

Next, the text explores theories about perineal responses to fetal descent and how to prepare for and support a tear-free birth. Chapters covering a variety of pelvic conditions follow. Then, the book becomes a step-by-step manual for learning to suture, including chapters on equipment, how to use common surgical tools, tying knots and creating stitches. All these topics have been much expanded in the current edition. Finally, the book goes into putting these skills to use in a variety of different types of repairs.

Although the general format of the book is the same as in previous editions, it is much more in depth and many new chapters have been added. The book concludes with a newly designed 3D model of the pelvic floor for students to construct (the purchase of additional materials is necessary to complete the model).

It has grown to 688 pages, It is spiral bound for easy reference during practice and has a sturdy paper cover, 8 X 10 format, $75.00 + S&H.

The text is complimented by a Female Pelvic Anatomy DVD (sold separately) that helps students understand the complexities of female pelvic anatomy in virtual 3D.

The Suturing Techniques for Midwives video is out of print and has been rendered obsolete by the many revisions that appear in the 6th ed. As soon as I can afford to do so, I plan to create a new, updated edition.

$75.00 + $2.50 shipping (this shipping rate applies to US addresses only, international shipping and handling must be figured for each order, please go to the international customers tab at the top of the page)


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  1. Great material 5 Star Rating

    Emily McCarthy on

    I am a student midwife and I have found that Frye's works are the most succinct, thorough and easy to understand of all my midwifery texts.

  2. Page quality has degraded 1 Star Rating

    Bethany on

    I only have experience with your 4th edition of the book and now the 6th edition. The 6th edition is spiral bound which I love however, the pages are incredibly thin and easily ripped. The first day I ripped one just by turning the page! For midwives and midwifery students that are using this book, quality is just as important as content. I would love to be able to use this book after I am practicing as well but I don't know if it will make it. I may have to take the book apart, laminate the pages and then put it back together so that they are sturdy enough to last. I was quite disappointed, the 4th edition pages are very sturdy, it would take a lot to rip one of them while turning a page. I really like a hard copy of a book, but would suggest the ebook form of this one for the above reasons.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding the paper quality of Healing Passage. First let me say I'm sorry to hear that you find the paper quality too fragile. To help you better understand the numerous things I must consider with each book I print please note that first of all, I am a small publisher that doesn’t even produce one book every year. Therefore I am restricted to using printers that will work with me. Each time I publish a new edition, in the majority of cases, the book has more pages. I am constrained by the limitations of my printer's equipment which can only handle a maximum thickness of a manuscript. In the case of Healing Passage there is also the consideration of the thickness, and the ease of use, and type of paper that can be used in a book that is to be spiral bound, as well as the size of the spiral itself and the maximum thickness that my printer can bind in this manner. Finally there is the weight of the book to consider. This not only impacts the cost of shipping but it impacts how easy it is to carry the book around. For all these reasons I have started to use thinner papers that are still opaque enough to allow illustrations on both sides of the sheet. Again, because of the printer that I can use, they have a more limited selection of types of paper for me to choose from. The only reason the 4th edition of Healing Passage previously had thicker paper was that it had considerably fewer pages. However, as books grow in size, that has to change. Although these reasons do not solve your issue of finding the pages more delicate than you would like, I hope you can better understand the myriad things that I must take into consideration with each printing. In the future I will pay more attention to the sturdiness of the paper. Again, thanks for your honest feedback. Please contact me directly if I can be of further assistance.

  3. Great Info 4 Star Rating

    Unknown on

    I love this book for Suturing! I find it accessible and the pictures are lovely. My only critique is that the back cover of my book comes off. Most spiral-bound books do this, but I find it annoying as the book comes in and out of my backpack a lot and thus the back cover is constantly coming off.
    The information itself is wonderful!

  4. Truly amazing book! 5 Star Rating

    Susan on

    I am totally blown away by this book! I am a midwifery student and I ordered the book after taking a suturing workshop. Our teacher spoke highly of it, and I can see why. Anne Frye goes into so much detail about all the topics, and the writing is so good that it makes everything very clear and accessible. It's rare, I think, for someone to both know the subject matter this well and be able to present it clearly and accessibly. The illustrations are also amazing, and I am getting ready to make the 3D pelvic floor model using her patterns and instructions. I feel so blessed to have this resource. Thank you, Anne Frye!

  5. Anne Frye does it again. 5 Star Rating

    Elaine M. Wakeland CNM on

    I am a CNM who has always learned more and more from Anne.

  6. Great resource 4 Star Rating

    Unknown on

    Wonderful resource book to have. A lot of great information and techniques.

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