Physiology in Childbearing

3rd Edition

with Anatomy and Related Biosciences


Key Features

  • Follows childbearing from preconception to postnatal care and the neonate
  • Logical progression through the body systems
  • Highly illustrated, with simple diagrams
  • Emphasises links between knowledge and practice to promote clinical skills
  • Main points summarised to aid study.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Preconception

1 Basic biochemistry

2 The cell – its structures and functions

3 Structure, organisation 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 defects

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


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Bailièrre Tindall
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About the authors

Dorothy Stables

Affiliations and Expertise

Formerly Lecturer in Applied Biology, St. Bartholomews, Princess Alexandra and Newham College of Nursing, London, UK

Jean Rankin

Affiliations and Expertise

Lead Midwife for Education, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley; Supervisor of Midwives – Ayrshire and Arran, UK