Midwife's Guide to Antenatal Investigations


  • Amanda Sullivan, BA(Hons), PGDip, PhD, RM, RGN, Consultant Midwife, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  • Lucy Kean, BM, BCH, DM, MRCOG, Consultant Obstetrician, Subspecialist in Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  • Alison Cryer, SRN, SCM, Regional Coordinator Antenatal Screening Programmes, East Midlands, UK

This book serves as a guide to a comprehensive range of diagnostic screenings and tests used during pregnancy. It links routine antenatal care with specialist investigations, describing when follow up is required and how to interpret the results. Designed for ease of reference, this resource helps midwives make informed, evidence-based clinical decisions. It also provides guidance about how best to discuss sensitive issues with mothers and how to provide support to parents receiving bad news. This book is an essential resource for midwives and other health professionals involved in delivering antenatal care to women and their families. Expert contributors ensure that the information is reliable and up-to-date, and the easy-to-use format guides practitioners through each procedure, interpretation of results, and appropriate interventions.
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Practising midwives; student midwives; midwifery teachers


Book information

  • Published: July 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3274-5

Table of Contents

Section One: Clinical Practice in Context

1. The Development of Fetal Investigations

2. Historical and Sociological Perspectives

3. Involving Parents: Information and Informed Decisions

4. Pregnancy Loss, Breaking Bad News and Supporting Parents

Section Two: Maternal Investigations

5. Haematology in Pregnancy

6. Maternal Disease in Pregnancy

7. Infections in Pregnancy

Section Three: Fetal Investigations

8. First Trimester Ultrasound Scans

9. The Second Trimester Detailed Anomaly Scan

10. Biochemical Markers in Downe’s Syndrome Chromosomal and Genetic Testing

11. Assessment of Fetal Wellbeing

Section Four: Ongoing Developments

12. Antenatal Investigations for the Future