Mayes' Midwifery: A Textbook for Midwives Pageburst Package

with Pageburst online access

This title is now available under ISBN 9780702052330. Mayes’ Midwifery, an established key textbook for students and qualified midwives, contains essential knowledge for professional practice. For this 14th edition, each section and chapter has been fully updated and enhanced by leading authors to ensure the text complies with contemporary practice and current guidelines. Added benefits are the availability of a variety of additional online resources for each chapter, including case studies, video and website links, and a bank of multiple-choice questions to test knowledge.

With a strong emphasis on normal birth, the book covers the spectrum of midwifery-related topics applied to practice, providing a foundation of knowledge, and encouraging independent thought through the use of reflective exercises in each chapter and online. The book provides midwives with material that meets individual ways of learning and supports current modes of midwifery education.

Mayes’ Midwifery is the text for initial preparation and for ongoing midwifery practice.


Published: April 2011

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5233-0


  • Part 1 The Midwife in Context

    1 The global midwife

    2 A history of the midwifery profession in the United Kingdom

    3 Statutory framework for practice

    4 The midwife as a lifelong learner

    5 Evidence-based practice and research for practice

    6 Leadership and management in midwifery

    7 Governance in Midwifery

    8 Ethics and midwifery practice

    9 Law and the midwife

    10 Pharmacology and the midwife

    Part 2 Childbirth in Context

    11 Social, cultural and spiritual context of childbearing

    12 Psychological context

    13 Sexuality

    14 The Health Service Context and Midwifery

    15 Frameworks for the care of the child (Children Act) and Social Services

    Part 3 Public Health, Health promotion and Childbirth

    16 Epidemiology

    17 Nutrition

    18 Complementary therapies in maternity care: responsibilities of midwives

    19 Health promotion and education

    20 Preconception care

    21 Education for parenthood

    22 Physical preparation for childbirth and beyond, and the role of physiotherapy

    23 Vulnerable women

    Part 4 The anatomy and physiology of fertility, conception and pregnancy

    24 Anatomy of male and female reproduction

    25 Female reproductive physiology

    26 Genetics

    27 Fertility and its control

    28 Infertility and assisted conception

    29 Fertilization, embryonic, fetal and placental development

    30 The fetal skull

    Part 5 Pregnancy

    31 Maternal and fetal responses to pregnancy

    32 Confirming pregnancy and care of the pregnant woman

    33 Antenatal investigations

    34 The choice agenda and place of birth and care



    Part 6 Labour and Birth

    35 Physiological changes in labour

    36 Care in the first stage of labour

    37 Care in the second stage of labour

    38 Pain, Labour and women's choice of pain relief

    39 Care in the third stage of labour

    40 The pelvic floor

    Part 7 The Newborn Baby

    41 Physiology, assessment and care

    Part A Newborn physiology

    Part B Assessment and care of the newborn

    42 Thermoregulation

    43 Infant feeding

    44 The pre-term baby and the small baby

    45 Respiratory and cardiac disorders

    46 Neonatal jaundice

    47 Infection

    48 Congenital anomalies, fetal and neonatal surgery, and pain

    49 Metabolic and endocrine disorders

    50 Sudden infant death syndrome

    Part 8 The Postnatal and Neonatal Period

    51 Content and organization of postnatal care

    52 Morbidity following childbirth

    Part 9 Problems and Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbearing and Birth and their Management

    53 Nausea and vomiting

    54 Bleeding in pregnancy

    55 Medical disorders of pregnancy

    56 Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

    57 Sexually transmitted infections

    58 Abnormalities of the genital tract

    59 Multiple pregnancy

    60 Pre-term labour

    61 Procedures in obstetrics

    62 Induction of labour and post-term pregnancy

    63 Rhythmic variations of labour

    64 Malpositions and malpresentations

    65 Disproportion, obstructed labour and uterine rupture

    66 Shoulder dystocia

    67 Presentation and prolapse of the umbilical cord

    68 Complications of the third stage of labour

    69 Maternal mental health and psychological problems

    70 Grief and bereavement

    Part 10 the Future

    71 Midwives for the 21st century


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