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


© 2006
Churchill Livingstone
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About the authors

Amanda Sullivan

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Midwife, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

Lucy Kean

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Obstetrician, Subspecialist in Fetal and Maternal Medicine, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK

Alison Cryer

Affiliations and Expertise

Regional Coordinator Antenatal Screening Programmes, East Midlands, UK