Physiology in Childbearing: With Anatomy and Related Biosciences

  • ISBN 9780323930536
  • Author: Rankin, Jean (Professor (Maternal, Child and Famil
  • Publ Date: 2024-05-15
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  • Binding: Paperback / softback


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With its straightforward writing style and extraordinary breadth of content, Physiology in Childbearing is an ideal textbook for students of midwifery wanting to master the physiology of pregnancy, childbirth, the neonate and breastfeeding.

This popular book has been fully updated to incorporate new knowledge and guidelines, and has a stronger focus on diversity. It covers basic biochemistry, cellular biology, genetics and fertility, as well as embryology and fetal growth, the physiology of pregnancy, and complications of labour. It then goes on to examine the neonate, infant feeding and bio-behavioural aspects of parenting.

The complexities of this fundamental topic area are explained with boxes of key points, full colour diagrams and images, and tips on applying content to practice, making this book a must-have for students and practising midwives alike.



Covers everything midwives need to know about physiology - comprehensive content suitable for both training and practising midwives
Easy to read with straightforward language - ideal for students to master difficult concepts
Clear, full-colour diagrams and images bring theory to life
Demystifies basic biochemistry, cellular biology and genetics for those who have no prior knowledge of these subject areas
Evidence-based approach to improve safety and quality of care for mothers and babies, both in the developed world and those countries where the provision of adequate care remains limited
Helps the reader apply theory to practice, including how to recognise pathology and help prevent morbidity and mortality
'Main Points' boxes and online question bank with downloadable image collection to support learning



Full colour artwork program
Expanded information and clinical application boxes covering the diverse populations and cultures using maternity care
The RCOG PROMPT manual, current NMC and NICE guidelines integrated throughout
Key issues highlighted the current MBRRACE report are emphasised
Self-assessment multiple choice question bank on Evolve platform
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