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Mayes Midwifery E-Book

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ISBN: 9780702045967

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Mayes' Midwifery E-Book , 14th Edition

A Textbook for Midwives


1084 pages
Copyright 2011
$76.95, Online Product, Reference

Availability:Out of print. 06/19/17.



Mayes’ Midwifery, an established key textbook for students and qualified midwives, contains essential knowledge for professional practice. For this 14th edition, each section and chapter has been fully updated and enhanced by leading authors to ensure the text complies with contemporary practice and current guidelines. Added benefits are the availability of a variety of additional online resources for each chapter, including case studies, video and website links, and a bank of multiple-choice questions to test knowledge.

With a strong emphasis on normal birth, the book covers the spectrum of midwifery-related topics applied to practice, providing a foundation of knowledge, and encouraging independent thought through the use of reflective exercises in each chapter and online. The book provides midwives with material that meets individual ways of learning and supports current modes of midwifery education.

Mayes’ Midwifery is the text for initial preparation and for ongoing midwifery practice.


Student comments

It is a great introduction to the world of midwifery.

Easy to read in understandable language
Well structured, easy to read and thought provoking

This book is excellent. It is very easy to read and each chapter is easily accessable. I liked the way the chapters were put together, with each relevant blocks of information. An invaluable reference book for all student midwives. Relevant to all aspects of midwifery practice including the social and pyschological side of midwifery.

Key Features

  • New chapters on essential contemporary issues:
    • Vulnerable women
    • Perspectives on the future of midwifery, in a global context

  • Evidence-based information to guide best practice
  • Learning outcomes and Key Points in all chapters
  • Reflective activities

New to this Edition

Now with an integrated website offering additional resources and material including:

  • Multiple-choice questions for self-testing
  • Case studies
  • Reflective activities to consolidate your professional development
  • Useful additional reading, resources and weblinks
  • Expanded topics
  • Downloadable materials including illustrations


Midwifery students

Table of Contents

Part 1 The Midwife in Context

1 The global midwife

2 A history of the midwifery profession in the United Kingdom

3 Statutory framework for practice

4 The midwife as a lifelong learner

5 Evidence-based practice and research for practice

6 Leadership and management in midwifery

7 Governance in Midwifery

8 Ethics and midwifery practice

9 Law and the midwife

10 Pharmacology and the midwife

Part 2 Childbirth in Context

11 Social, cultural and spiritual context of childbearing

12 Psychological context

13 Sexuality

14 The Health Service Context and Midwifery

15 Frameworks for the care of the child (Children Act) and Social Services

Part 3 Public Health, Health promotion and Childbirth

16 Epidemiology

17 Nutrition

18 Complementary therapies in maternity care: responsibilities of midwives

19 Health promotion and education

20 Preconception care

21 Education for parenthood

22 Physical preparation for childbirth and beyond, and the role of physiotherapy

23 Vulnerable women

Part 4 The anatomy and physiology of fertility, conception and pregnancy

24 Anatomy of male and female reproduction

25 Female reproductive physiology

26 Genetics

27 Fertility and its control

28 Infertility and assisted conception

29 Fertilization, embryonic, fetal and placental development

30 The fetal skull

Part 5 Pregnancy

31 Maternal and fetal responses to pregnancy

32 Confirming pregnancy and care of the pregnant woman

33 Antenatal investigations

34 The choice agenda and place of birth and care



Part 6 Labour and Birth

35 Physiological changes in labour

36 Care in the first stage of labour

37 Care in the second stage of labour

38 Pain, Labour and women's choice of pain relief

39 Care in the third stage of labour

40 The pelvic floor

Part 7 The Newborn Baby

41 Physiology, assessment and care

Part A Newborn physiology

Part B Assessment and care of the newborn

42 Thermoregulation

43 Infant feeding

44 The pre-term baby and the small baby

45 Respiratory and cardiac disorders

46 Neonatal jaundice

47 Infection

48 Congenital anomalies, fetal and neonatal surgery, and pain

49 Metabolic and endocrine disorders

50 Sudden infant death syndrome

Part 8 The Postnatal and Neonatal Period

51 Content and organization of postnatal care

52 Morbidity following childbirth

Part 9 Problems and Disorders of Pregnancy, Childbearing and Birth and their Management

53 Nausea and vomiting

54 Bleeding in pregnancy

55 Medical disorders of pregnancy

56 Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy

57 Sexually transmitted infections

58 Abnormalities of the genital tract

59 Multiple pregnancy

60 Pre-term labour

61 Procedures in obstetrics

62 Induction of labour and post-term pregnancy

63 Rhythmic variations of labour

64 Malpositions and malpresentations

65 Disproportion, obstructed labour and uterine rupture

66 Shoulder dystocia

67 Presentation and prolapse of the umbilical cord

68 Complications of the third stage of labour

69 Maternal mental health and psychological problems

70 Grief and bereavement

Part 10 the Future

71 Midwives for the 21st century

Author Information

By Sue Macdonald, MSc PGCEA ADM RM RN ILTM FETC, Education and Research Manager and Lead Midwife for Education, Learning, Research and Practice Development Department International Office, Royal College of Midwives, London, UK

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