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Physiology in Childbearing

with Anatomy and Related Biosciences

This ISBN is now out of print. A new edition with e-book is available under ISBN 9780702044762.

The third edition of this popular textbook gives a clear, easy-to-read account of anatomy and physiology at all stages of pregnancy and childbirth. Each chapter covers normal physiology, changes to the physiology in pregnancy, and application to practice. The physiology of childbearing is placed within a total biological context, drawing on evolution, ecology, biochemistry and cell biology.

Paperback, 792 Pages

Published: April 2010

Imprint: Baillière Tindall

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3106-9


  • SECTION 1 Preconception

    1 Basic biochemistry

    2 The cell - its structures and functions

    3 Structure, organisation and regulation of genes

    4 The female reproductive system

    5 The male reproductive system

    6 Fertility control

    7 Infertility

    8 Preconception matters

    Section 2A Pregnancy - the fetus

    9 General embryology

    10 Embryological systems 1 - trunk, head and limbs

    11 Embryological systems 2 - internal organs

    12 The placenta, membranes and amniotic fluid

    13 Fetal growth and development

    14 Common fetal problems

    15 Congenital defects

    Section 2B Pregnancy - the mother

    16 The haematological system - physiology of the blood

    17 The cardiovascular system

    18 Respiration

    19 The renal tract

    20 Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance

    21 The gastrointestinal tract

    22 The accessory digestive organs

    23 Nutrition and metabolism during pregnancy

    24 The nature of bone - the female pelvis and fetal skull

    25 Muscle - the pelvic floor and the uterus

    26 The central nervous system

    27 The peripheral and autonomic nervous systems

    28 The endocrine system

    29 The immune system

    Section 2C Pregnancy - the problems

    30 Minor disorders of pregnancy

    31 Bleeding in pregnancy

    32 Cardiac and hypertensive disorders

    33 Anaemia and clotting disorders

    34 Respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal and neurological problems

    35 Diabetes mellitus and other metabolic disorders in pregnancy

    Section 3A Labour - normal

    36 The onset of labour

    37 The first stage of labour

    38 Pain relief in labour

    39 The second stage of labour

    40 The third stage of labour

    Section 3B Labour problems

    41 Abnormalities of uterine action and onset of labour

    42 Breech presentation

    43 Malposition and cephalic malpresentations

    44 Cephalopelvic disproportion, obstructed labour and other obstetric emergencies

    45 Postpartum haemorrhage and other third-stage problems

    46 Perinatal fetal asphyxia

    47 Operative delivery

    Section 4A Puerperium - the baby as a neonate

    48 Adaptation to extrauterine life 1 - haematological,

    cardiovascular, respiratory and genitourinary considerations

    49 Adaptation to extrauterine life 2 - gastro-intestinal, metabolic, neural, and immunological considerations

    50 Health challenges and problems in neonates of low birth weight

    51 Developmental anatomy: related cardiovascular and respiratory disorders

    52 Jaundice and common metabolic problems in neonates

    53 Risks of infections and trauma in neonates

    Section 4B Puerperium - the mother

    54 The breasts and lactation

    55 Breastfeeding practice and problems

    56 The puerperium

    57 Biobehavioural aspects of parenting


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