The 5th edition of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery & Women’s Health (Tharpe, Farley & Jordan 2017) provides a thoroughly
updated version of a reliable and time tested approach to midwifery care.
Included are current evidenced-based midwifery and
women's health care, as well as traditional, holistic, and empiric midwifery care. The primary focus is on meeting the
needs of women in a manner that is both safe & woman-oriented.
The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Midwifery
& Women’s Health uses a standardized format to enhance the ease of use,
and stimulate critical thinking in the clinical setting. We are currently revising this text and welcome your comments! The
5th edition is now available!
can order your copy directly from the publisher at:
The infant child sleeps.
flawless skin a testament
To the possibility
One cherubic hand, outstretched
The other, curled at her mouth
Like some small creature
Nestled near its’ mother’s breast.
She carries the future
On her small shoulders;
Each day, all unknowing,
She recreates the twisted path
We come into this world
Filled with Grace.
Puts its’ mark upon us,
one brief moment
Poised on the cusp between
spirit and the flesh
© Nell Tharpe, December 2007.
RULES FOR HAPPINESS
is like a garden; it needs to be cultivated, watered, weeded and tended to flourish.
Set yourself up for success,
in life and in happiness. Set attainable goals, and move forward at your own pace.
give up. Be persistent, patient and polite.
Maintain a positive attitude. Choose to focus on
what works, what is beautiful, what can be done.
Give thanks for the small things. Celebrate what
you have, rather than pining for what you don’t have.
Make time each day to do things that bring you pleasure
and enjoyment. We each only have today to live.
Satisfaction is it’s own reward. Do things for others without
needing anything in return.
Maintain a vision of the future you want to live. Choose to sacrifice short-term pleasure
and put up with short-term discomfort in order to achieve long-term positive changes in your life.
Let go of negative
thoughts. Learn to identify them, and replace then with positive or neutral thoughts.
Plan for happiness by arranging activities that nourish your spirit. Surround yourself with those who care for and about you,
and the things that are important to you.
Accept the fallibility of others and yourself. Failure is simply another opportunity
Don't take things personally, even when they are meant that way. Chose not to be hurt by other people’s
anger, meanness, or attempts to manipulate you or the situation.
Rather than focusing on your problems, dream about
solutions, options, and creative avenues of change.