Midwifery Essentials: Antenatal

Volume 2


  • Helen Baston, BA(Hons), MMedSci, PhD, PGDipEd, ADM, RN, RM, Lead Midwife for Education; Supervisor of Midwives, Mother & Infant Research Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK
  • Jennifer Hall, MSc, ADM, PGDip(HE), RN, RM, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK; Clinical Editor, The Practising Midwife

Antenatal is the second title in the Midwifery Essentials  series and looks at the provision of safe and effective antenatal care, exploring the role of the midwife in the context of professional and national guidance. This book prepares the reader to provide safe, evidence-based, woman-centred maternity care.

  • Models of care and the range of professionals involved
  • The booking history and involving the woman in decisions
  • Optimising and monitoring maternal health throughout pregnancy
  • Blood tests and antenatal screening for fetal abnormality
  • Monitoring the growing fetus
  • Facilitating women to prepare for birth.

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student and practising midwives; labour ward personnel; nurses undertaking midwifery training


Book information

  • Published: September 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4253-9

Table of Contents

Antenatal Volume:

1. Introduction

2. Models of antenatal care: the options available

3. The booking history

4. Health in pregnancy

5. Monitoring maternal physical well being

6. Monitoring women’s emotional wellbeing in the antenatal period

7. Blood tests in pregnancy

8. Antenatal screening for fetal abnormality

9. Monitoring fetal wellbeing during routine antenatal care

10. Antenatal care – preparing for the birth