Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780702066689, 9780702066658

Anatomy and Physiology for Midwives

4th Edition

Authors: Jane Coad Kevin Pedley Melvyn Dunstall
eBook ISBN: 9780702066658
eBook ISBN: 9780702066665
Paperback ISBN: 9780702066689
eBook ISBN: 9780702066672
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 6th November 2019
Page Count: 552

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This is a new edition of a highly popular textbook which presents the fascinating field of reproductive anatomy and physiology in a style which is ideal for those who are new to the subject. Now with a significantly upgraded artwork program – which is also available as a downloadable image bank – this helpful volume builds up from the founding principles of human structure and function through to conception, embryological and fetal development and growth, the maternal responses to the growing fetus, parturition and the transition to neonatal life. This book will be suitable for all students of midwifery, as well as qualified midwives ‘returning to practice’ or undertaking post-graduate study.

Key Features

  • Highly popular midwifery resource that explains and contextualises the principles of reproductive A&P
  • Learning Objectives at the start of each chapter help readers structure their study time
  • Case Studies ‘bring the subject to life’ and provide an opportunity to reflect on the implications for clinical practice
  • Acknowledges the importance of underlying research and integrates theory and practice
  • End of chapter Key Points and Application to Practice boxes further reinforce learning
  • Helps midwives deal with questions from increasingly informed ‘parents to be’
  • More than 200 illustrations help clarify sometimes complex anatomical, physiological and clinical information

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Physiology
  2. The Reproductive and Urinary Systems
  3. Endocrinology
  4. Reproductive Cycles
  5. Sexual Differentiation and Behaviour
  6. Fertilization
  7. Overview of Human Genetics and Genetic Disorders
  8. The Placenta
  9. Embryo Development and Fetal Growth
  10. Overview of Immunology
  11. Physiological Adaptation to Pregnancy
  12. Maternal Nutrition and Health
  13. Physiology of Parturition
  14. The Puerperium
  15. The Transition to Neonatal Life
  16. Lactation and Infant Nutrition



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About the Authors

Jane Coad

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor in Nutrition, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Kevin Pedley

Kevin Pedley is an Associate Professor in Physiology at Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand, having moved from King’s College London in 2001. Kevin has spent his time at Massey University teaching first, second and third year undergraduate physiology as well as postgraduate level physiology as well as physiological aspects of Human Nutrition and has served as subject leader for the Physiology B.Sc. Kevin acquired a keen interest in the mechanisms of fertilisation, pregnancy and parturition from his research at King’s College and has taught extensively in these areas since his arrival at Massey. He is also active in research and in supervision of PhD students who are mainly focused on the study of cell function in the gastrointestinal tract. These studies have included the mechanisms of insulin secretion, water and electrolyte transport in colonic epithelium, gastric acid secretion and, most recently, the mechanisms of iron transport in duodenal enterocytes. His research has employed a variety of experimental approaches including the use of intra-vital fluorescence and confocal imaging of living cells and, most recently, the use of intestinal organoids as an in vitro model of intestinal function and pathology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor in Physiology, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Melvyn Dunstall

Melvyn Dunstall BSc Msc PGCEA RM RGN

Lecturer/Practitioner in Midwifery, Frimley Park Hospital; Supervisor of Midwives

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Deputy Research & Development Manager, Lead Midwife for Research, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey, UK