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By Stella McKay-Moffat

This ebook is written with either measure and degree pupil midwives in brain. it really is cut up into sections, every one alphabetical. the 1st part comprises the various language of midwifery: phrases, abbreviations and definitions. the second one part includes universal stipulations, systems, emergency occasions, and aiding info. concerning the authors; Foreword via Dame Lorna Muirhead, DBE, President of the Royal collage of Midwives 1997-2004; Preface; part 1: The Language of Midwifery; part 2: quickly Reference issues; Figures: Flow/action charts; 1.1, 1.2, 1.3: supply of occipito-posterior place; 2.1, 2.2, 2.3: supply of face presentation; 3.1: general haemoglobin Composition; 3.2.1, 3.2.2: basic grownup haemoglobins; 3.3: general Fetal haemoglobin; 3.4.1, 3.4.2: Sickle mobile haemoglobins; 3.5.1, 3.5.2: Alpha thalassaemia; 3.6.1, 3.6.2: Beta thalassaemia; four: Heel prick websites; 5.1 to 5.9: Placenta varieties

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Abdominal palpation Aim: Assess uterine growth Determine fetal number, lie, presentation, position, attitude Assess presenting part engagement Locate / count fetal heart Reassure the mother Preparation: Inform woman of procedure, gain consent Ensure her bladder is empty Expose abdomen from xiphisternum to pubic hair line Wash hands / stand on the woman’s right Action: Inspection – size, shape, scars, skin changes, FM Palpate fundal height – often measured with a tape from symphysis to fundus Chart fundal height (Gardosi and Francis 1999; NICE 2003) Fundal palpation – ?

Separation of the (bones of the) symphysis pubis joint SRM or SROM – spontaneous rupture of membranes Status eclampticus – repeated eclamptic convulsions without resting phase between – life-threatening – may lead to fetal / maternal death (see eclampsia in Section 2) Status epilepticus – serious condition – repeated epileptic convulsions without resting phase between – ? life-threatening to the woman during pregnancy – considered less harmful to the fetus than eclamptic fits (see epilepsy in Section 2) Stillbirth – the complete expulsion of a baby >24 weeks which does not breathe, cry or show any other signs of life (see intrauterine death and Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society in Section 2) Subinvolution – uterus does not involute at the expected rate following delivery – ?

26 * ADOPTION Adoption Agency investigates prospective parents’ suitability; tries to ‘match’ babies to parents; advises and helps both natural and adoptive parents with legal aspects; respects natural parents’ wishes re religious upbringing. Local Authority must be notified of intention to adopt at least 13 weeks before adoption order can be made, to enable investigations. Baby for Adoption Physically examined, any defects noted, adoptive parents informed. Placed with foster parents or may remain with mother (often in mother and baby unit).

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