In 2013, the professors of McMaster University’s Midwifery Education Program turned the lack of reasonably priced quality educational resources for their students into an opportunity to produce better, cheaper educational materials.
Four years later, the authors, illustrators and editors who populate McMaster’s e-Book Foundry have already created three e-books enhanced with multiple integrated features including interactive quizzes, didactic videos, and customized content.
We partner with professors to author our chapters, design the enhanced content in-house, and collaborate with students to evaluate the results. This enables us to produce high-quality, cost-effective, and engaging educational resources for midwifery students and professionals everywhere.
The skills of physical assessment of the well woman and newborn are a core competency of the midwife. The first unit of this e-book focuses on the principles and techniques needed for physical assessment of the pregnancy client during a head-to-toe examination. The second unit focuses on the basic knowledge and skills needed to assess the newborn. Both units include quizzes, case studies, and videos demonstrating examination techniques.
Administering and monitoring drugs is a core competency of the midwife. This e-book provides a basic overview of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics and then builds on this knowledge to discuss drug administration in a Canadian midwifery context. Specific chapters focus on topics such as antibiotics, vaccines, analgesics and anaesthetics, and toxicology. All eight units include quizzes, case studies, animations, and videos.
This e-book outlines the best practices for care of low-risk clients and their newborns, from the first prenatal assessment to six-weeks postpartum. All content is based on the belief that pregnancy is a normal physiologic process, and each chapter provides evidence-based information to guide midwifery practice and clinical skills. Fundamental topics include: Anatomy and physiology, diagnosis and management, and decision-making. All four units include quizzes, case studies, clinical summaries, and clinical skills videos.