Midwifery Essentials,
Edition 3
By Joanne Gray, PhD, RM and Rachel Smith, MMid(Hons), RM

Publication Date: 01 Aug 2021

Midwifery Essentials provides quick access to facts, formulas and checklists and highlights strategies that midwives can employ to support women throughout the pregnancy, labour and postnatal periods. Underpinned with the most recent evidence-based practice and research, the resource includes common tests and screening, resuscitation and life support guidelines, ISOBAR hand over checklist, common abbreviations and terms, drug calculations, and documentation guidelines.

Now in its third edition, the text has been fully updated to ensure currency in midwifery practice guidelines, standards, policies, statistics and references.

Key Features

  • Endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives
  • Handy pocket-sized, spiral bound
  • Waterproof, write on /wipe off pages with plenty of space to personalise notes
  • An eBook included in all print purchases
About the author
By Joanne Gray, PhD, RM, Professor of Midwifery, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and Rachel Smith, MMid(Hons), RM, Midwifery Education Consultant, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health, Burnet Institute, Victoria, Australia Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Faculty of Health, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Table of Contents


General principles

Antenatal period

Schedule of antenatal visits

Routine antenatal screening

Routine antenatal visit checklist

Calculating expected date of birth (EDB)

Routine blood tests in pregnancy

Other screening tests in pregnancy

Vital sign measurement—maternal

Korotkoff’s sounds

Hypertension in pregnancy

Diabetes in pregnancy

Universal screening for gestational diabetes

Abdominal palpation

Body mass index (BMI)

Fetal growth patterns

Consultation and referral

During labour and birth

Labour and birth definitions

Mechanism of labour and birth (occipitoanterior position)

Promoting normal birth

Vaginal examinations

The cervix in labour

Bishop’s score

Intermittent fetal heart rate auscultation

Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM)—definitions

Electronic fetal monitoring classification of features—intrapartum classification of CTG features

Fetal scalp blood sampling (FBS)

Shoulder dystocia

Management of the third stage

Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH)

Preoperative checklist

Postoperative checklist

Postnatal period

Postnatal assessment checklist

Contraception in postpartum women

Supporting breastfeeding

Newborn baby

Immediate care of the newborn

Apgar score

Newborn screening test

Principles of newborn assessment

General information

Basic life support

Neonatal resuscitation

Common abbreviations in medication administration

Metric system

24-hour time

Drug calculations

Safe administration of medications

Common abbreviations in midwifery practice

Standard precautions

Documentation guidelines

Professional communication tool—ISOBAR

Handover checklist

Phone consultation checklist


Book details
ISBN: 9780729544009
Page Count: 124
Retail Price : £24.99
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