Anatomy and physiology of female reproductive system
For better understanding and effective midwifery practice and in order to achieve safe motherhood, the midwife, (you) must have sound knowledge and be familiar with the unique anatomical feature of the woman and understand the process of reproduction. Your general knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body are equally relevant to this course. In this unit emphasis will be laid on the female pelvis, pelvic floor and the fetal skull. It is believed that the knowledge you shall acquire will enhance your skill in the care of women in childbirth.
At the end of this discussion you will be able to do the following:
· Recognize the unique characteristic features of the female pelvis.
· Identify abnormalities in the pelvis that can complicate labour and manage them appropriately.
· Explore the anatomical structure of the pelvic floor muscles for effective management of delivery.
· Prevent injuries to the fetal skull through skilful conduct of delivery and care after delivery.