Library services & resources for Maternity, Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproductive Health

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

Information resources in
Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Maternity, Midwifery & Reproductive Health services
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon

You may also wish to visit our Child Health and Neonatology site.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please


New ebook content added 17/05/2023
Handbook of Obesity in Obstetrics and Gynecology 
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 02/05/2023
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 30/03/2023
Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here).

Clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.


‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. 

Note you will need a UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

Selected Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Maternity, Midwifery & Reproductive Health journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology2007-  
American journal of reproductive immunology1997-  
Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal see Fetal and Neonatal   
Australian and new zealand journal of obstetrics and gynaecology1997-  
Best Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology2007-  
Birth 1997-  
BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology1997-  
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth2001-  
BMC Women’s Health2001-  
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health2000-
British Journal of Midwifery1996-  
Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology2011-  
Clinics in Perinatology2007-  
European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology2007-  
Evidence Based Midwifery2011-  
Fetal and Maternal Medicine Review2001-  
(ADC) Fetal and Neonatal1994-  
Fertility and Sterility2007-  
Fertility Research and Practice2015-  
Gynecologic Oncology2007-  
Gynecologic Oncology Reports2014-  
Gynecology and Minimally Invasive Therapy2012-  
Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology1993-  
International Journal of Childbirth2011-  
International Journal of Childbirth Education1990-  
International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics2007-  
International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia2007-  
International Journal of Women’s Health2009-  
International journal of gynecology and obstetrics1997-  
Journal of midwifery and women’s health2000-  
Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology2007-  
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology2016-Print on shelf 173 Discovery Library 
Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology research1997-  
Journal of Ovarian Research2008-  
Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology2007-  
Journal of Perinatal Education1992-  
Journal of Pregnancy2010-  
Journal of Reproductive Immunology2007-  
Maternal and child nutrition2005-  
MIDIRS Midwifery Digest2006-  
Midwifery Today1987-  
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey1995-  
The obstetrician and gynaecologist1999-  
Obstetrics & Gynecology1995-  
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics2007-  
Obstetrics and Gynecology International2009-  
Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine2007-  
Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health2003-  
Pregnancy Hypertension: an International Journal of Women’s Cardiovascular Health2010-  
Prenatal diagnosis1996-  
Reproductive Biology2008-  
Reproductive BioMedicine Online2007-  
Reproductive Health Matters2007-  
Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine2007-  
Seminars in Perinatology2007-  
Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare2010-  
Ultrasound in obstetrics and gynecology1996-  
Women’s Health Issues2007-  

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request
(Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected Obstetrics and Gynaecology ebooks below – click title & login with NHS Athens

Antenatal Midwifery Skills : Survival Guide20202ndEdwards
Atlas of Gynecologic Surgical Pathology20204thClement
Atlas of pelvic anatomy and gynecologic surgery20215thBaggish
Avery’s diseases of the newborn201810thGleason
Before we are born : essentials of embryology and birth defects202010thMoore
Breastfeeding : a guide for the medical profession 20229thLawrence
Callen’s ultrasonography in Obstetrics and Gynecology20176thNorton
Chesley’s Hypertensive Disorders in Pregnancy 20225thTaylor
Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice20206thChestnut
Childbirth trauma2017 Doumouchtsis
Clinical obstetrics and gynaecology20235thMagowan
Clinical pharmacology during pregnancy.2022 2ndMattison
Complete Revision Guide for MRCOG Part 2 : SBAs and EMQs20193rdKonje
Complete Revision Guide for MRCOG Part 32020Konje
Comprehensive gynecology20228thGershenson
Contraception made easy20202ndPercy
Crash Course: Obstetrics and gynaecology20143rdOnwere
Creasy and Resnik’s maternal-fetal medicine: principles and practice20198thResnik
Diagnostic gynecologic and obstetric pathology20183rdCrum
DiSaia and Creasman Clinical Gynecologic Oncology 202310thCreasman
Drugs during pregnancy and lactation : treatment options and risk assessment.20153rdSchaefer
Drugs for pregnant and lactating women.20193rdWeiner
Emergency birth in the community.2018 Mansfield
Emery and Rimoin’s Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics and Genomics: Perinatal and Reproductive Genetics20227thPyeritz
Endocrine and reproductive physiology.20195thWhite
Essential human development2018 Webster
Essential obstetrics and gynaecology20206thSymonds
Essential reproduction20188thJohnson
Fanaroff and Martin’s neonatal-perinatal medicine202011thMartin
Fast facts: Ovarian cancer2017 Fotopoulou
Fast facts: postmenopausal osteoporosis 2021Dennison
Fast facts for patients: menopause20212ndBriggs
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology20226thPolin
Fetal and neonatal secrets20143rdPolin
Fetal cardiovascular imaging : a disease based approach2012 Rychik
Fetal Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Practice20203rdPandya
Fundamentals of midwifery : a textbook for students.2015 Lewis
Gabbe’s obstetrics : normal and problem pregnancies20218thLandon
Gabbe’s Obstetrics Essentials: Normal & Problem Pregnancies 2019Landon
Get Through MRCOG Part 1 20202ndWuntakal
Get through MRCOG part 2: SBAs2018 Wuntakal
A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for the Medical Profession.2019 Brown
Gynecologic and obstetric pathology2016 Crum
Gynecologic imaging. (Expert radiology series).2011 Fielding
Gynecologic pathology : foundations in diagnostic pathology20212ndNucci
Gynecologic ultrasound : a problem-based approach.2014 Benacerraf
Hacker and Moore’s essentials of obstetrics and gynecology20166thHacker
Handbook of Obesity in Obstetrics and Gynecology 2023Mahmood
The hands-on guide to midwifery placements2016 Cescutti-Butler
Labour Midwifery Skills : Survival Guide20202ndEdwards
Larsen’s Human Embryology20216thSchoenwolf
Management of acute obstetric emergencies.2011 Sibai
Midwifery at a glance2019 Forrest
Midwifery emergencies at a glance2018 Campbell
Midwifery skills at a glance2018 Lindsay
MRCOG Part 3: 50 Clinical Tasks 2019Manyonda
Munro Kerr’s operative obstetrics202013thArulkumaran
Netter’s obstetrics and gynecology20183rdSmith
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): applied genomics in prenatal screening and diagnosis2018 Page-Christiaens
Nursing management of women’s health: a guide for nurse specialists and practitioners2019 Holloway
Ob/Gyn secrets.20174thMularz
Obstetric imaging: Fetal Diagnosis and Care20182ndCopel
Obstetrics and gynaecology20175thImpey
Obstetrics and gynecology at a glance20134thNorwitz
Oxford Handbook of Midwifery20173rdMedforth
Oxford Handbook of Neonatology20172ndFox
Oxford Handbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology20234thCollins
Oxford Handbook of Women’s Health Nursing20222ndGupta
Part 2 MRCOG : single best answer questions2016 Sizer
Pathology of the female reproductive tract.20143rdMutter
Perinatal genetics2019 Norton
Physical examination of the newborn at a glance2018 Campbell
Pocket Tutor Gynaecology2022Keane
Pocket Tutor Obstetrics2021Keane
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome2022Diamanti-Kandarakis
Postnatal PTSD : A Guide for Health Professionals2022Thomas
Postnatal and Neonatal Midwifery Skills : Survival Guide20202ndEdwards
Pre-obstetric emergency training: a practical approach20192ndAdvanced Life Support Group
Principles of gynecologic oncology surgery2019 Ramirez
Rapid midwifery2016 Snow
Remington and Klein’s infectious diseases of the fetus and newborn infant20168thWilson
The reproductive system at a glance20144thHeffner
SBAs and EMQs for MRCOG II : addressing the new exam format.2016 Ratha
Sexual and reproductive health at a glance.2015 Melville
Subfertility2021 Rehman
Twining’s textbook of fetal abnormalities.20153rdCoady
Understanding anxiety, worry and fear in childbearing : a resource for midwives and clinicians2020 Gutteridge
Yen and Jaffe’s reproductive endocrinology :physiology, pathophysiology and clinical management20198thStrauss
Walters & Karram Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery20225thBarber

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