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Overview

Perinatal Epidemiology

Written by Melissa M. Adams, Greg R. Alexander, Russell S. Kirby, Martha S. Wingate, University of Alabama, Birmingham

Advances in medical science, public health, and health care interventions during the 20th century have led to dramatic decreases in infant and maternal mortality. Nonetheless disparities in infant and maternal health persist. Because their health remains a significant public health indicator, Perinatal Epidemiology synthesizes perinatal knowledge through the lens of public health practice. This comprehensive text uses a consistent, logical format to offer readers:

  • A spectrum of topics affecting maternal and infant health: reproductive health concerns, maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, and gestation and fetal growth..
  • Information on timely issues, including infertility, gestational diabetes, preterm delivery, postpartum depression, and SIDS.
  • Detailed discussions of current epidemiological trends, measures and measurement issues, data sources, and risk and protective factors for each condition covered.
  • In-depth consideration of public health interventions and their availability, strengths and limitations.
  • Emerging areas of interest and directions for research.
  • Text boxes, definitions of key terms, discussion questions, appendices, and other helpful features.

Perinatal Epidemiology is a valuable, ready resource for public health professionals in maternal and child care, reproduction and fertility. Its accessibility and easy-use format make it an equally strong textbook for courses in these fields as well as for advanced medical and nursing students in OB/GYN and pediatrics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Arden Handler, DrPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This is the latest addition to the small number of books on reproductive and perinatal epidemiology methods. Its seven substantive chapters, plus introductory and concluding chapters, focus on the continuum of reproductive and perinatal events for women and infants.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview of the epidemiology and associated methodological issues in the study of reproductive and perinatal outcomes. While there are several other books with similar objectives, this one updates these older efforts and successfully lays out key concepts in a clear and succinct way.
Audience: This book is particularly useful for teachers and students of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. The authors are well known authorities in this area, lending substantial credibility to the book.
Features: Each chapter begins with an overall introduction and definitions of key concepts or terms for a particular reproductive/perinatal outcome (e.g., maternal morbidity, reproductive loss). This is followed by an overview of measures related to the outcome as well as measurement issues, descriptive epidemiology, and risk factors associated with the outcome. Some chapters include an overview of public health interventions. Each chapter concludes with two sections: discussion topics and promising areas for future research. The writing is brisk and easy to follow, and the book includes many data tables and author-developed diagrams which explain relationships between key concepts. While the book is intended as a teaching tool, the discussion questions and research questions at the end of each chapter do not appear to address the most salient issues or concerns. In addition, the index is incomplete, making it difficult to use.
Assessment: Despite these few shortcomings, the writing style, the clear explanations, and the many pictorial depictions will make this a very popular book for teachers and students of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology, as well as a useful methods handbook for those in the trenches.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387094380
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 12/2/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 303
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Reproductive Health Issues.- Fertility.- Male and female infertility.- Infertility treatment.- Pregnancy intention.- Legal Induced Abortion.- Contraception.- Preconception care.- Chapter 3: Maternal Morbidity.- Definitions, measures, and measurement issues.- Overall Maternal morbidity.- Antepartum conditions.- Ectopic Pregnancy.- Hyperemesis of pregnancy.- Urinary tract infections.- Gestational diabetes.- Pregnancy-related hypertensive disorders.- Peripartum conditions.- Hemorrhage.- Perineal laceration.- Operative delivery.- Attributes of women with cesarean deliveries.- Postpartum morbidity.- Depression.- Public health interventions and their availability and use.- Primary prevention.- Secondary prevention.- Chapter 4: Maternal Mortality.- Definitions, measures, and measurement issues.- Antepartum mortality.- Postpartum mortality.- Chapter 5: Infant Morbidity.- Definitions, measures, and measurement issues.- Morbidity with shortened gestation and near-term IUGR and sequelae of prematurity.- Developmental Delay/Disabilities.- Infection.- Birth Defects.- Injuries (intentional/unintentional) .- Chapter 6: Fetal and Infant Mortality.- Definitions, measures, data sources, and measurement issues .- Descriptive Epidemiology: Overall mortality .- Early pregnancy loss and spontaneous abortion.- Fetal death.- Infant Mortality.- Infant mortality due to Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) .- Public health interventions, their availability and use.- Chapter 7: Fetal Growth and Gestational Duration.- Chapter 8: Conclusion

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