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From Preconception to Postpartum


Obstetrics is evolving rapidly and finds itself today at the forefront of numerous developments. Providing selected updates on contemporary issues of basic research and clinical practice, as well as dealing with preconception, pregnancy, labor and postpartum, the present book guides the reader through the tough and complex decisions in the clinical management. Furthermore, it deepens the scientific understanding in the pathogenetic mechanisms implicated in pregnancy and motivates further research by providing evidence of the current knowledge and future perspectives in this field. Written by an international panel of distinguished authors who have produced stimulating articles, the multidisciplinary readers will find this book a valuable tool in the understanding of the maternal, placental and fetal interactions which are crucial for a successful pregnancy outcome.

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From Preconception to PostpartumEdited by Stavros Sifakis

Published: March 23rd 2012

DOI: 10.5772/2187

ISBN: 978-953-51-0353-0

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6921-5

Copyright year: 2012

Books open for chapter submissions

62831 Total Chapter Downloads

4 Crossref Citations

7 Web of Science Citations

16 Dimensions Citations


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1. Who Selects Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Career and Why, and What Traits Do They Possess?

By Bruce W. Newton


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2. The Effect of Prepregnancy Body Mass Index and Gestational Weight Gain on Birth Weight

By Hiroko Watanabe


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3. Maternal Immunity, Pregnancy and Child's Health

By Alexander B. Poletaev


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4. Environmental Electromagnetic Field and Female Fertility

By Leila Roshangar and Jafar Soleimani Rad


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5. Role of Tumor Marker CA-125 in the Detection of Spontaneous Abortion

By Batool Mutar Mahdi


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6. Medical and Surgical Induced Abortion

By Dennis G. Chambers


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7. Post Abortion Care Services in Nigeria

By Echendu Dolly Adinma


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8. Renal Function and Urine Production in the Compromised Fetus

By Mats Fagerquist


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9. Recent Insights into the Role of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor Axis in Preeclampsia

By Dimitra Kappou, Nikos Vrachnis and Stavros Sifakis


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10. Blood Parameters in Human Fetuses with Congenital Malformations and Normal Karyotype

By Chantal Bon, Daniel Raudrant, Françoise Poloce, Fabienne Champion, François Golfier, Jean Pichot and André Revol


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11. Placental Angiogenesis and Fetal Growth Restriction

By Victor Gourvas, Efterpi Dalpa, Nikos Vrachnis and Stavros Sifakis


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12. The External Version in Modern Obstetrics

By Esther Fandiño García and Juan Carlos Delgado Herrero


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13. Reduced Fetal Movements

By Julia Unterscheider and Keelin O'Donoghue


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14. Lactate Level in Amniotic Fluid, a New Diagnostic Tool

By Eva Wiberg-Itzel


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15. Oxytocin and Myometrial Contractility in Labor

By N. Vrachnis, F.M. Malamas, S. Sifakis, A. Parashaki, Z. Iliodromiti, D. Botsis and G. Creatsas


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16. Operative Vaginal Deliveries in Contemporary Obstetric Practice

By Sunday E. Adaji and Charles A. Ameh


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17. Umbilical Cord Blood Changes in Neonates from a Preeclamptic Pregnancy

By Cristina Catarino, Irene Rebelo, Luís Belo, Alexandre Quintanilha and Alice Santos-Silva


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18. Bioethics in Obstetrics

By Joseph Ifeanyi Brian-D. Adinma


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