Dex_scription The only book of its kind, this essential reference offers quick access to information on the effects medical conditions can have on pregnancy and childbirth. Coverage includes a brief overview of normal anatomy and physiology with concise, practical guidelines for managing disorders commonly seen in women of childbearing age. From mild diseases such as asthma to serious conditions such as heart lesions, this indispensable guide will help you manage pregnancy and childbirth in women with systemic disease, recognize the early onset of disease-related pregnancy complications, and determine when it may be necessary to refer patients to a specialist. Key Features Offers complete coverage of normal pathophysiology in both the general population and in the context of pregnancy and childbirth. Provides comprehensive midwifery management guidelines. Outlines potential consequences of disease-related complications for the fetus or neonate.