Library services & resources for Maternity, Gynaecology & Reproductive Health

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

Information resources in
Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Maternity, Midwifery & Reproductive Health services
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
You may also wish to visit our Child Health and Neonatology site.

If you have access problems phone 39111 or email

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Framework to assist NHS trusts to reintroduce access for partners, visitors and other supporters of pregnant women in English maternity services

Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
COVID-19 infection and pregnancy

Royal College of Midwives
COVID-19 information

British Association of Perinatal Medicine
COVID-19 resources

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 09/09/2021
Comprehensive gynecology
Fetal and Neonatal Physiology
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 09/08/2021
Complete Revision Guide for MRCOG Part 3
Get Through MRCOG Part 1
you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for midwives, nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl midwives, nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics incl obstetrics and gynaecology
mental health & psychiatry incl. health psychology, maternal and family mental health and counselling

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate– ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

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.


Acta obstetricia et gynecologica scandinavica1997-  
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
The breast journal 1997-  
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-  

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

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 specialty content from 2010 onwards – 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 pregnancy20144thTaylor
Chestnut’s Obstetric Anesthesia: Principles and Practice20206thChestnut
Childbirth trauma2017 Doumouchtsis
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology20189thDiSaia
Clinical obstetrics and gynaecology20194thMagowan
Clinical pharmacology during pregnancy.2013 Mattison
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
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
Endocrine and reproductive physiology.20134thWhite
Essential human development2018 Webster
Essential obstetrics and gynaecology20206thSymonds
Essential reproduction20188thJohnson
Fanaroff and Martin’s neonatal-perinatal medicine202011thMartin
Fast facts: Ovarian cancer2017 Fotopoulou
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
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
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
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 Neonatology
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
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
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
Surgical management of pelvic organ prolapse2013 Karram
Twining’s textbook of fetal abnormalities.20153rdCoady
Understanding anxiety, worry and fear in childbearing : a resource for midwives and clinicians2020 Gutteridge
Urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery20154thWalters
Vaginal surgery for the urologist.2012 Nitti
Yen and Jaffe’s reproductive endocrinology :physiology, pathophysiology and clinical management20198thStrauss