Midwife's Guide to Antenatal Investigations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443101410, 9780702032745

Midwife's Guide to Antenatal Investigations

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780443101410
eBook ISBN: 9780702032745
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 28th July 2006
Page Count: 212


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.

Key Features

  • The only book of its kind, developed to provide midwives with a comprehensive guide to antenatal investigations in an accessible format.
  • Includes a range of clinical scenarios and considers the parents' point of view, which brings the tests to life and helps midwives understand the clinical application and impact of investigations.
  • A chapter written by the national charity ARC (Antenatal Results and Choices) relates first-hand accounts from parents whose newborns have been diagnosed with an abnormality, providing insight into how best to provide sensitive care to parents facing difficult situations.
  • Extensive illustrations, diagrams, summary tables and ultrasound scan images make the information in the book clear and understandable.
  • Best practice guidance from National Screening Committee (NSC) are provided to ensure all practitioners are aware of the NSC policy.
  • Clinical guidance is supported by explanations of common and specialist terminology and developments in technology.
  • The fundamental principles underlying genetic and chromosomal testing are described.
  • The historical and cultural aspects of antenatal investigations are discussed, as well as the potential impact of these technologies on the future role of the midwife.

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


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