Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors
Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), World Health Organization, 2003
This manual is written for midwives and doctors at the district hospital level who are responsible for the care of women with complications of pregnancy, childbirth or the immediate postpartum period, including immediate problems of the newborn. The publication is available online in English and French, and can be downloaded as a "PDF" file in English, French, and Spanish by clicking on the appropriate link below.
Emergency Obstetric Care: Quick Reference Guide for Frontline Providers
This pocket-sized booklet is designed to help the health care provider in a Type 1 health post recognize and respond to obstetric emergencies. The goal of emergency obstetric care at the health post level is to diagnose the problem, stabilize the woman, and arrange for transport to the nearest facility capable of managing and treating the complication.
The Quick Reference Guide is based on the World Health Organization manual Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors. The first section of the Guide deals with responding to an emergency using rapid initial assessments; the next section presents diagnosis and management according to symptom; the Appendices include information on active management of the third stage of labor, essential drugs and supplies, infection prevention and guidelines for procedures. (2003) Available in English, French and Spanish.
PDF may be downloaded at: http://www.accesstohealth.org/toolres/pubs.htm under Clinical Interventions
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Basic Maternal and Newborn Care: A Guide for Skilled Providers
B. Kinzie, P. Gomez, R. Chase. JHPIEGO Corporation, 2004.
This reference manual is intended for use by skilled providers (including midwives, doctors and nurses)—working in low-resource settings at any level of the health care system or in homes—who care for women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, and for newborns. Although the BMNC’s emphasis is on supporting and maintaining the health of the woman and her baby, the manual recognizes that all childbearing women and newborns are at risk of developing life-threatening complications.
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Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), World Health Organization, 2006
The aim of Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care guide for essential practice (PCPNC) is to provide evidence-based recommendations to guide health care professionals in the management of women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum, and post abortion, and newborns during their first week of life.
All recommendations are for skilled attendants working at the primary level of health care, either at the facility or in the community. They apply to all women attending antenatal care, in delivery, postpartum or post abortion care, or who come for emergency care, and to all newborns at birth and during the first week of life (or later) for routine and emergency care.
The PCPNC is a guide for clinical decision-making. It facilitates the collection, analysis, classification and use of relevant information by suggesting key questions, essential observations and/or examinations, and recommending appropriate research-based interventions. It promotes the early detection of complications and the initiation of early and appropriate treatment, including timely referral, if necessary.
The publication is available online in English and French, and can be downloaded as a "PDF" file in English and French by clicking on the appropriate link below.