Obstetrics is the branch of medicine concerned with the management of childbirth. The ultimate goal of all workers in the field of obstetrics is to assist a mother to produce a healthy baby, with a minimum of danger and discomfort to both.

Today, more than ever before, nurses play a central role in the planning for and the experience of birth, and in how families feel about the experience afterwards. You, as a nurse, should be knowledgeable of all aspects of maternal nursing. And, by applying this knowledge you will develop skills and experience in providing quality nursing care.


Part 1 Prenatal Care

bullet 1-1 Reproductive Anatomy and Physiology
bullet 1-2 Embryology and Fetal Development
bullet 1-3 Diagnosis of Pregnancy
bullet 1-4 Psychologic Needs During Pregnancy
bullet 1-5 Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy
bullet 1-6 Prenatal Care During Pregnancy
bullet 1-7 Personal Hygiene and Care During Pregnancy
bullet 1-8 Minor Discomforts of Pregnancy
bullet 1-9 Patient Education During Pregnancy
bullet 1-10 Fetal Positions and Adaptations


Part 2 Neonatal Care

bullet 2-1 Complications of Pregnancy
bullet 2-2 Stages of Labor and Nursing Care
bullet 2-3 Precipitate and Emergency Delivery
bullet 2-4 Management of Obstetric Discomfort During Labor
bullet 2-5 Special Situations in Labor and Delivery
bullet 2-6 The Postpartal Patient
bullet 2-7 Characteristics of the Typical Newborn Infant
bullet 2-8 Care of the Normal Newborn Infant
bullet 2-9 Newborn Nutrition
bullet 2-10 The Premature Infant
bullet 2-11 The Sick Neonate

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015