Psychological Challenges in Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Clinical Management

  • Jayne Cockburn
  • Michael E. Pawson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XX
  2. Background for the Study of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Catherine Coulson
      Pages 15-27
    3. Kevan R. Wylie
      Pages 43-50
    4. Tom Shakespeare
      Pages 51-59
    5. Ken Daniels
      Pages 71-79
    6. H.B.M. van de Wiel, W.C.M. Weijmar Schultz
      Pages 81-87
  3. Obstetrics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Michelle Sowden, Nigel Sage, Jayne Cockburn
      Pages 91-106
    3. Susan Ayers
      Pages 131-140
    4. Kirstie N. McKenzie-McHarg, Jayne Cockburn, John Cox
      Pages 141-156
    5. Carol Henshaw
      Pages 157-164
    6. Jayne Cockburn
      Pages 173-191
    7. Patricia Hughes, Jayne Cockburn
      Pages 193-208
  4. Gynecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Mary Pillai
      Pages 212-236
    3. Audrey H. Brown
      Pages 237-246
    4. Ian Ainsworth-Smith
      Pages 247-254
    5. Catherine White
      Pages 277-289
    6. R. William Stones
      Pages 291-298
    7. Dimitrios Doumplis, J. Richard Smith
      Pages 299-306
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 325-332

About this book


The discipline of obstetrics and gynecology is changing rapidly. It is changing in respect of science and technology (IVF, minimally invasive surgery) and of ethics (termination, genetics, and reproductive technology). The training for the young specialist adapts to these changes. Sadly, however, the old fashioned division of mind from body continues. Words like "holistic" and "psychosomatic" are dismissed, and those responsible for training in the UK persist in refusing to accommodate psychological modules in the training process. This book attempts to address and redress this imbalance. Failure to understand the psychological aspects of a patients presentation leave the doctor feeling vulnerable and inadequate, searching for the right thing to say, avoiding that patient in future with subsequent poor care.

This book, by providing the background knowledge, empowers the obstetrician/gynecologist to be in the key coordinating role, and to communicate effectively with all parties and other health workers who may need to be involved in psychological care. This book meets the needs of doctors that are not covered by their training (e.g. a chapter on "Communication Skills. What you can do in 15 minutes", chapter on "Coping and Adjustment in Pregnancy": Giving Babies a Better Start, and chapter on "Communicating with Cancer Patients")

Chapters are written by experts in widely differing areas, and show how to use the consultation to maximum benefit for the patient and doctor. Easy-to-read with stand-alone chapters, this book covers key aspects of obstetrics and gynecology, and addresses areas that are not covered in other texts. The book is relevant to all stages of obstetric and gynecological practice - from trainees to consultants (and some lay interest).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jayne Cockburn
    • 1
  • Michael E. Pawson
    • 2
  1. 1.MD FRCOG Frimley Park FoundationTrust Hospital Portsmouth RoadGU16 7UKUK
  2. 2.FRCOG Consulting Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (Retired)Chelsea and Westminster HospitalSW10 9NHLondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84628-807-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84628-808-1
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