Myles' Textbook for Midwives

Edited by

  • Diane Fraser, PhD, MPHil, BEd, MTD, RM, RGN, Professor of Midwifery and Head of Academic Division of Midwifery, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Notttingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  • Margaret Cooper, BA, RGN, RM, MTD, Pre-Registration Midwifery Programme Director, Academic Divison of Midwifery, Faculty of Medical and Health Science, University of Nottingham, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

This ISBN is now out of print. An edition with e-book is now available under ISBN 9780702041310.

Myles Textbook for Midwives, recognised as the leading international textbook for midwives, has been fully updated with recent guidelines, protocols and research evidence, and with updated illustrations. This edition has a new chapter on emotion work and focuses on normality, whilst equipping midwives to recognise and respond to complexity in childbearing and parenthood.

This 15th edition features a free website providing:

* Bank of multiple-choice questions for self-testing

* Illustrations from the book, with and without labels, for student and instructor use

This is the midwifery textbook of choice throughout the world!

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Midwifery students and midwives undertaking training.


Book information

  • Published: August 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3403-9

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Midwifery

1 The Midwife

2 The Emotional Context of Midwifery

3 The Social Context of Childbirth and Motherhood

4 Woman-Centred, Midwife-Friendly Care: Principles, Patterns and Culture of Practice

5 Ethics in Midwifery

6 Evidence-Based Practice

7 Midwifery Regulation in the UK

SECTION 2 Human Anatomy and Reproduction

8 The Female Pelvis and the Reproductive Organs

9 The Female Urinary Tract

10 Hormonal Cycles: Fertilization and Early Development

11 The Placenta

12 The Fetus

SECTION 3 Pregnancy

13 Preparing for Pregnancy

14 Change and Adaptation in Pregnancy

15 Antenatal Education: Principles and Practice

16 Special Exercises for Pregnancy and the Puerperium

17 Antenatal care

18 Specialized Antenatal Investigations

19 Abnormalities of Early Pregnancy

20 Problems of Pregnancy

21 Medical Disorders Associated with Pregnancy

22 Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy

23 Sexually Transmissible and Reproductive Tract Infections in Pregnancy

24 Multiple Pregnancy

SECTION 4 Labour

25 The First Stage of Labour: Physiology and Early Care

26 Active First Stage of Labour

27 Comfort and Support in Labour

28 The Transition and the Second Stage of Labour

29 Physiology and Management of the Third Stage of Labour

30 Prolonged Pregnancy and Disorders of Uterine Action

31 Malpositions of the Occiput and Malpresentations

32 Assisted births

33 Midwifery and Obstetric Emergencies

SECTION 5 The Puerperium

34 Physiology and Care in the Puerperium

35 Physical Problems and Complications in the Puerperium

35 The Psychology and Psychopathology of Pregnancy and Childbirth

36 Perinatal Mental Health

37 Contraception and sexual health

38 Bereavement and Loss in Maternity Care

SECTION 6 The Newborn Baby

39 The Baby at Birth

40 The Normal Baby

41 Infant Feeding

42 The Healthy Low Birthweight Baby

43 Recognizing the Ill Baby

44 Respiratory Problems

45 Trauma during Birth; Haemorrhage and Convulsions

46 Congenital Abnormalities

47 Jaundice and Infection

48 Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders and Drug Withdrawal

SECTION 7 The Context of Midwifery Practice

49 Pharmacology and Childbirth

50 Complementary Therapies in Midwifery

51 Community, Public Health and Social Services

52 Midwifery Supervision and Clinical Governance

52 Risk Management in Midwifery

53 Organization of the Health Services in the United Kingdom

54 International Midwifery

55 Maternal and perinatal health, mortality and statistics

Glossary of Selected Terms