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 student 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.
I began clinical training in El Paso TX in September of 1978. While still there, I began writing about the Complete Blood Count and my writing mushroomed from there. When I left school in late 1979, Rahima Baldwin, founder of Informed Homebirth, Inc. offered me the opportunity to bring what I had learned to other students and 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 preinternet, so I got postcards, letters, cards and phone calls wanting to know "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 full time and on revising the 3rd edition of volume 1 of Holistic Midwifery.
Reviewed, revised & updated 11/29/2021