Physiology in Childbearing

Physiology in Childbearing

with Anatomy and Related Biosciences

4th Edition - February 14, 2017
  • Author: Jean Rankin
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702061882
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702065088

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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

    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 extra-uterine life 1: haematological, cardiovascular, respiratory and genitourinary  considerations

    49 Adaptation to extra-uterine life 2: gastrointestinal, 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 infection and trauma in neonates

    Section 4B Puerperium The Mother

    54 The breasts and lactation

    55 Breastfeeding practice and problems

    56 The puerperium

    57 Bio-behavioural aspects of parenting

Product details

  • No. of pages: 648
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2017
  • Published: February 14, 2017
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780702061882
  • eBook ISBN: 9780702065088

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 .