ABOUT ANNE FRYE
As a student midwife in 1978, I noted the dearth of comprehensive literature aimed at midwives in general and homebirth midwives in particular. Suturing literature for Nurse Midwives consisted of a few xeroxed pages from a dissertation. References covering diagnostic tests were woefully inadequate to begin with, and almost entirely lacking information about how test results might be impacted by pregnancy or what these changes may indicate.
While still in clinical training, I began writing about the Complete Blood Count and my writing mushroomed from there. When I left school, Rahima Baldwin, founder of Informed Homebirth, Inc. offered me the opportunity to bring what I had learned to other midwives via intensive 5-day midwifery skills workshops offered across the United States.
The writing I had done up until then, with many additions, became the handouts for those workshops. Soon, midwives who had not taken the workshops began to request these handouts, so we printed overruns and sold them through Moonflower Birthing Supply. When those ran out, the requests just kept coming. This was pre-internet, so I got postcards, letters, cards and phone calls asking "where are the books?"
In 1983, I rewrote Lab Work and printed 500 copies. Those sold fast. I vowed not to do more writing until I had a computer. The requests for the 4th edition of Lab Work were pouring in so fast, I just stopped writing when I thought I could, printed it, and immediately started on the 5th edition. Demand for the other books has grown in a similar fashion.
At present, I am working on various projects, including learning how to deal with this new website. I am now writing full time and am working on the 3rd edition of volume 1 of Holistic Midwifery.