Physiology in Childbearing - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780702061882, 9780702065088

Physiology in Childbearing

4th Edition

with Anatomy and Related Biosciences

Authors: Jean Rankin
Paperback ISBN: 9780702061882
eBook ISBN: 9780702065088
eBook ISBN: 9780702065262
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 5th April 2017
Page Count: 648

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The new edition of Physiology in Childbearing with Anatomy and Related Biosciences continues to offer readers with a sound introduction to human biology as it relates to pregnancy and childbirth. The new edition retains the online question bank with downloadable image collection and is suitable for midwives – whether qualified or in training – throughout the world.

Key Features

  • Straightforward writing style helps demystify a challenging subject area
  • Applies theory to practice to show how a knowledge of the biological sciences can enhance the care given to mothers and babies
  • Designed to facilitate early recognition of pathology to help prevent morbidity and mortality
  • Ideal introduction to basic biochemistry, cellular biology and genetics for those who have no prior knowledge of the subject areas
  • Chapters on embryology help explain the occurrence of neonatal pathology
  • A ‘body systems approach’ – including embryological development – enables an understanding of the physiological and pathophysiological changes that occur during pregnancy
  • Clear diagrams allow an understanding of the complex three-dimensional concepts seen in biology
  • Helpful pedagogy such as ‘Main Points’ boxes at the end of each chapter act as useful aide-memoires
  • Enhances the safety of mothers and babies, both in the developed world and those countries where the provision of adequate care remains limited

Table of Contents

Section 1 Preconception

1 Basic biochemistry

2 The cell – its structures and function

3 Structure, organization 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 anomalies

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



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About the Author

Jean Rankin

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor (Maternal, Child and Family Health), School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley and Hamilton, UK