The Midwife's Pocket Formulary
The Midwife's Pocket Formulary,
Edition 3
By Liz Davey and Debbee Houghton

Publication Date: 05 Apr 2013

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In current midwifey practice, one of the competencies covered by midwives is medicines management. Midwives and students are required to have an understanding of the range of medicines used within their sphere of practice.The Midwife’s Pocket Formulary provides both practising midwives and students with key information on the administration and management of medications in midwifery practice.

Key Features

    • Essential information, at a glance
    • Convenient, pocket-sized format
    • Clear, worked examples of drug calculations

    New Features

    • Information on drug calculations now includes neonatal calculation and alternative calculation methods used by some HEIs
    • ‘Antidepressants’ expanded to include current treatment therapies for existing mental health conditions, with safety information and guidance on current medications
    • ‘Intravenous fluids’ comprehensively updated and extended
    • ‘Emergency drugs’ completely revised to complement the NICE and RCOG guidance, with medications for each emergency grouped and cross-referenced to aid the reader
    • Supported by up-to-date clinical guidelines from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Green top guidance
    • Online pronunciation guide for drug terms and names.
    About the author
    By Liz Davey and Debbee Houghton
    Table of Contents

    Abbreviations and Glossary of terms


    1. Antacids 1

    2. Anaesthesia

    3. Analgesics

    4. Antibiotics

    5. Anticoagulants

    6. Anticonvulsants

    7. Antidepressants and other mental health conditions

    8. Antiemetics

    9. Antihypertensives

    10. Antiseptics

    11. Contraceptives

    12. Antihistamines

    13. Hypoglycaemics

    14. Intravenous fluids

    15. Immunoglobulins

    16. Oxytocics

    17. Prostaglandins

    18. Myometrial relaxants

    19. Rectal preparations

    20. Vaccines

    21. Vitamins and iron preparations

    22. Anxiolytics and hypnotics

    23. Antifungals

    24. Miscellaneous

    25. Emergency drugs

    Drug Calculations


    Book Reviews



    I am a student midwife and whilst on placement am constantly hearing names of drugs and often don't have the opportunity for them to be fully explined to me, and the BNF can be confusing so i wanted something I could take on placement with me and look things up in. This is perfect, small and set out in sections of different drug types, including usage, dosage, routes of admin, contraindications, side effects, effects on fetus and breastfeeding. Its easy to understand and each drug is easy to find, theres enough information to aid understanding but it doesnt go too in depth and confuse! Definitely recommend this book, I use it all the time and would be lost without it! (Amazon)


    This book easy to understand and well organised in its layout, contraindications and side effects of drugs are displayed clearly in sections on the same page. It's not too bulky to carry around if your wanting to take it to work with you. I am in my final year of training as a midwife and find it easier to use than the BNF which can be sometimes difficult to find what you want quickly. I recommend this book to be in any student, or qualified midwifes top 5 buys


    This is an invaluable resource for any midwife or student midwife to carry around to dip in to when needed. This book assumes a certain degree of knowledge about anatomy and physiology, pregnancy, and the metabolism of drugs but all medical abreviations used are laid out in a glossary of terms at the beginning.

    Drugs are grouped by type and each drug is explored in a very well laid out and logical way detailing both generic and trade names, preparations, doses, contraindications, side effects, interactions as well as an excellent midwifery-centred fetal risk and breastfeeding section for each drug.

    Finally, a short and simple reminder of drug calculations as a final chapter makes this a work bag essential.

    Book details
    ISBN: 9780702043475
    Page Count: 0
    Retail Price: £21.99
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