Preparing for the Baby

Hospital or Home ? The argument on the rather difficult subject of whether a mother should have her baby in hospital or at home has continued ever since maternity hospitals…

Advice to Pregnant Women

Advice Unsolicited Unsolicited advice is usually both unwanted and inaccurate. Everyone has a certain amount of knowledge about pregnancy but it is not until a woman has had a baby…

Maternity Benefits

The Social Services in Great Britain provide certain benefits for a woman during her pregnancy. These may be broadly classified as: 1 Financial. 2 Nutritional. 3 Auxiliary. The rules and…

Abdominal Decompression

Abdominal decompression was introduced by Professor Heyns in 1955. A short account of the apparatus and treatment is included here although it has not met with a great deal of…

Care of the Breasts

On your first visit to the antenatal clinic you will probably be asked if you wish to breast-feed your baby. If you have not yet decided or are in doubt…

Drugs in Pregnancy

Drugs which Cross the Placenta All the material that the foetus requires for its growth and survival must be supplied to it from the mother by way of the placenta….

Family Plan

This book is designed primarily as a guide to pregnancy, together with its associated aspects and problems. Family planning, or the control of conception, is an essential part of the…

The Abortion Act 1967

An abortion is the termination of a pregnancy before the end of the 28th week of pregnancy. Such a termination is against the law if it does not come within…

Weight Gain in Pregnancy

The importance of the amount of weight gained during pregnancy cannot be over-emphasized as the welfare of both the mother and her child can be directly related to it. Most…

Perinatal Death

It is commonly thought that the safest and best time to have a first baby is between the ages of 16 and 20. The first report of the British Perinatal…

Fertility

Normal Fertility What is normal fertility ? This is a very simple question which is frequently asked but to which there is no simple and straightforward answer. It depends upon…

Circumcising A Baby

Circumcision is the operation of removing the prepuce, or foreskin, of the male. There are three reasons for performing the operation: 1. Religious. 2. Because it is medically advisable. 3….

Birth Injuries

Bruises. The normal pressures exerted on the baby’s head during normal labour are such that some bruising will nearly always be present over the face or scalp of a baby….

Minor Complaints in Pregnancy

Most pregnant women suffer at times from a number of very minor complaints. The majority of these are not significant but an occasional symptom may be of importance. This chapter…

Feeding

Breast or Bottle ? Successful nourishment of the newly born baby aids his healthy growth and development and provides contentment to both mother and baby. Breast-milk is the ideal food…

The Abnormal Baby

Congenital abnormality is not only a difficult subject to discuss but it is almost impossible to consider the problem in its correct perspective. It is probably true that every, or…

Prematurity

By medical definition a premature baby is one that weighs less than 2-5 kg. The weight, of the baby does not accurately reflect the duration of pregnancy, although low weight…

What is Antenatal Care

Antenatal care aims at maintaining the good health of the mother during pregnancy which will enable her to produce a healthy, normal infant and remain so herself. It is greatly…

The Normal Baby

The normal baby is one that is born at term, fully mature and is capable of leading an independent existence. Every infant must make certain essential adjustments after birth, for…