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Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia

ISBN: 9780521174183
ISBN: 9780521174183

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Textbook of Obstetric Anaesthesia is a comprehensive, completely up-to-date and fully illustrated account of all aspects of modern obstetric anaesthesia, as practised today. Written by a multidisciplinary team of expert contributors, it features state-of-the-art chapters covering everything from departmental audit to cutting-edge practice for neonatal resuscitation and administration of mobile epidurals.


• Complete coverage of all topics, from basic physiology to recently developed techniques such as ambulatory analgesia in labour
• Written by practising obstetric anaesthetists who are experts in their respective fields
• Provides a valuable reference source for midwives and those involved in setting up and managing an obstetric anaesthetic service


1. History of obstetric analgesia and anaesthesia
2. Maternal physiology
3. Audit in obstetric anaesthesia
4. Non-regional analgesia I (non pharmacological)
5. Non-regional analgesia II (pharmacological)
6. Regional analgesia for labour
7. Ambulatory analgesia in labour
8. Anaesthesia for caesarean section: general anaesthesia
9. Regional anaesthesia for caesarean section
10. Anaesthesia for the distressed fetus and major obstetric haemorrhage
11. Intrapartum fetal monitoring
12. The obstetric patient with cardiac disease
13. The obstetric patient with respiratory, neurological and endocrine disease
14. Pre-eclampsia
15. Intensive and high dependency care of the obstetric patient
16. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation in pregnancy
17. Amniotic fluid embolism
18. Anaesthesia during pregnancy
19. Midwifery education and the anaesthetist.