Physiology in Childbearing

3rd Edition

with Anatomy and Related Biosciences


  • Dorothy Stables
  • Jean Rankin
  • 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 editors

    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