|Pregnancy, childbirth and being a newborn are special periods in human life when the risk of death, illness r disability can be high. The last decade has brought enormous progress of science and technology in improving maternal and newborn health-the treatment of genetic diseases, intrauterine surgery, and improved knowledge about the human genome. Yet perinatal disease and disability worldwide remains very high. It is vitally important for those working in the field to maintain a focus on what can and should be done, and to ensure that best practice is disseminated. This edition, authored by a prestigious international group of practitioners and researchers is illustrated in color with over 1000 illustrations. With contribution from 380 specialists, this authoritative book, published under the auspices of the World Association of Perinatal Medicine, is a gold-standard summary of modern clinical practice and will be welcomed by all who work in this important field of medicine.