Yes - its better than Mayes. Well I think so anyway!
I've used the book for every assignment in my training and am sure I will continue to dip into the book when qualified. Its clearly written and easy to understand. Broken down into short sections with good headings. Useful diagrams.
There's 7 sections in the book and each section is split into different chapters, each written by a different author.
Section 1 - Midwifery.
Includes; The Midwife, Social Context of Motherhood,Ethics, Evidence based Practice. History and regulation.
Section 2 - Anatomy and Reproduction.
Chapters Include; pelvis, female urinary system, hormonal cycles, fertilisation, placenta, the fetus.
Section 3 - Pregnancy
Chapters Include; Adaptation to pregnancy, parent education, exercises, antenatal care, abnormalities, problems, medical disorders, multiple pregnancies, fetal investigation.
Section 4 - Labour.
Chapters inc; first stage, pain relief, 2nd stage, third stage, uterine action disorders, malposition, operative delivery, obstetric emergencies.
Section 5 - The Puerperium.
Chapters Inc; Physioology, Complications, Psychology, Family Planning, Bereavement.
Section 6 - Newborn Baby.
Chapters Inc; Normal Baby, feeding, low birthweight baby, the ill baby, respiratory problems, Trauma during birth, Abnormalities, Jaundice.
Section 7 - The Context Of Midwifery Practice.
Chapters inc; Pharmacology, complementary therapies, public health services, supervision of midwives, risk management, organisation of health services, international midwifery, vital statistics.