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Physiology in Childbearing

Physiology in Childbearing

The aim of this book is to be a core textbook of anatomy and physiology in childbearing. Written to present childbearing in the context of changes to non-pregnant physiology; therefore, both anatomy and physiology, their changes in pregnancy, and pathophysiology are all described. The book is divided into four sections - preconception, pregnancy, labour and puerperium - and it places childbearing in a total biological context so that concepts are drawn from disciplines such as evolution, ecology, biochemistry and cell biology. At all times, the text is related to practice and care giving.

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by Faye Doris; Academic Lead, Midwifery; University of Plymouth This is an excellent book. This edition is clear and reflects a contemporary understanding of physiology.


Section 1 - Preconception. Basic biochemistry. The Cell - its structures and functions. The female reproductive system. The male reproductive system. Fertility control. Infertility. Preconception matters.

Section 2A - Pregnancy - the fetus. General embryology. Embryological systems 1 - trunk, head and limbs. Embryological systems 2 - internal organs. The placenta. Amniotic fluid. Fetal growth and development. Common fetal problems. Congenital defects.

Section 2B - Pregnancy -the mother. The haematological system - physiology of the blood. The cardiovascular system. Respiration. The renal tract. Fluid, electrolyte and acid/base balance. The gastrointestinal tract. The accessory digestive organs. Nutrition and metabolism. The nature of bone, the female pelvis and fetal skull. Muscle - the pelvic floor and the uterus. The central nervous system. The peripheral and autonomic nervous systems. The endocrine system. The immune system.

Section 2C - Pregnancy - the problems. Minor disorders of pregnancy. Bleeding in pregnancy. Cardiac and hypertensive disorders. Anaemia and clotting disorders. Respiratory , renal, gastrointestinal and neurological problems. Metabolic disorders in pregnancy - diabetes mellitus and thyroid disorders.

Section 3A Labour - normal. The onset of labour. The first stage of labour. Pain relief in labour. The second stage of labour. The third stage of labour.

Section 3B - Labour Problems. Abnormalities of uterine action and onset of labour. Breech presentation. Malposition and cephalic malpresentations. Cephalopelvic disproportion, obstructed labour and other obstetric emergencies. Postpartum haemorrhage and other third-stage problems. Perinatal asphyzia. Operative delivery.

Section 4A Puerperium - the baby. Adaptatin to extrauterine life 1 - respiratory and cardiovascular function. Adaptation to extrauterine life 2 - nutritional and metabolic adjustments. The low birthweight baby - common problems and care. Neonatal cardiovascular and respiratory disorders. Neonatal jaundice and metabolic disorders. Infections and trauma in the neonate.

Section 4B Puerperium - the mother. The breasts and lactation. Breastfeeding practice and problems. The puerperium. Biobehavioural aspects of parenting.


AuthorDot Stables & Jean Rankin
Publication Date26/05/1976
PublisherBalliere Tindall
Number Of Pages704
Book FormatSoftback

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