Category: Maternal Health

  • Antenatal Care
    • This section covers a range of important issues related to antenatal care.
  • At a Glance: Building Community Partnerships for Safer Motherhood: Home Based Life Saving Skills
    • This issue of the NGO Networks for Health bulletin describes the Home-Based Life Saving Skills (HBLSS) approach, training and implementation. HBLSS is a family-focused, community-based program to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality by increasing access to lifesaving care within the home and community, and by improving referrals.
  • Citizens for Midwifery
    • Citizens for Midwifery – the only national consumer-based group promoting the Midwives Model of Care! CfM works to provide information and resources that promote the local midwife, as well as midwives and midwifery care across the country!
  • Ensuring Skilled Care for Every Birth
    • This factsheet contains information about what the WHO does to ensure as many safe pregnancies and births as possible. PDF format.
  • Free Mother-Friendly Documents and Downloads
    • The following documents are available for free downloads as PDF files. Permission is granted to freely reproduce in whole or in part along with complete attribution as indicated on the PDF itself.
  • Guidelines for Assessment of Skilled Providers After Training in Maternal and Newborn Care
    • Reference manual developed by experts in Africa, Asia, Caribbean and Latin America.
  • Having a Baby? Ten Questions To Ask
    • Ten questions for prospective mothers to ask of their chosen birth center, hospital, or home birth service. These ten issues will help you determine whether the people assisting you in your birth support the philosophy of Mother-Friendly care.
  • How to Plan Pregnancy
    • Produced by Medical Aid Films, this movie discusses the various methods of contraception available to help you plan your pregnancies and to help protect you against sexually transmitted infections. This video may take several minutes to fully load and requires Quicktime to play, which can be found in the eGranary.
  • Making Motherhood Safer
    • Every minute, another woman dies in childbirth. For every woman who dies, 20 or more experience serious complications. Maternal death and disability rates mirror the huge discrepancies that exist between the haves and the have-nots both within and between countries.
  • Management of Postpartum Haemorrhage
    • Produced by Medical Aid Films, this video describes how to handle postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). This video may take several minutes to fully load and requires Quicktime to play, which can be found in the eGranary.
  • Maternal Survival: Improving Access to Skilled Care
    • The CHANGE Project developed tools to identify behaviors related to women's use of skilled care and to increase this use during delivery and the postpartum period. This resource outlines the CHANGE Project's approach including: Seeking Skilled Care for Childbirth; Seeking Skilled Care During the Early Postpartum Period: Extended Roles for TBAs and the Community; Preparing for Birth: Improving the Birth Preparedness Card; and Providing Skilled Care.
  • Maternal Survival—Programming Issues
    • After completing this course, the learner will be able to define the maternal mortality ratio; discuss the timing of maternal mortality; discuss the regional distribution of maternal deaths; discuss the lifetime risk of maternal death; describe the major causes of pregnancy-related death and disability; discuss some newborn and child health benefits from maternal survival; discuss global progress, and lack of progress, in reducing maternal death and disability; describe some high impact clinical interventions for reducing maternal death and disability; discuss some current issues and recent evidence concerning strategies in the reduction of maternal death and disability; discuss the importance of quality and access in developing programs and services for the reduction of maternal death and disability.
  • Medical Problems in Pregnancy
    • In this section, one commentary reminds readers that in spite of the seriousness of the problem of anaemia in pregnancy, sufficient data are not available to recommend iron therapy for pregnant women. Two reviews reaffirm that magnesium sulfate not only reduces maternal deaths from eclampsia, but also halves the risk of the condition. Another review finds that antioxidants may not help to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia.
  • Midwifery Today
    • A quarterly journal for midwives, nurses, doulas, childbirth educators, doctors, parents, parents-to-be, and anyone who wants to learn more about pregnancy, labor, and birth. Now combined with International Midwife to give you more and better birth coverage.
  • Pregnancy Complications
    • Series of systematic reviews covering pregnancy.
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A Guide for Essential Practice
    • The aim of this manuals 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, including management of endemic diseases like malaria, HIV/AIDS, TB and anaemia. PDF format.
  • Resources on Midwifery
    • The information, services, and other materials provided on the CfM website are for informational purposes only and are not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment or for legal advice. You are encouraged to seek the advice of a health care professional regarding individual medical questions and treatment and/or an attorney regarding individual legal questions.
  • Safe Motherhood Resource Kit
    • On this web page, you will find updated and newsworthy information on maternal health that can be used as background for articles, feature stories, interviews and other communications.
  • Safe Motherhood Studies: Timeliness of In-Hospital Care for Treating Obstetric Emergencies: Results from Benin, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Rwanda
    • This report presents data on in-hospital care for childbirth and obstetrical emergencies in 14 hospitals. This report examines intervals between critical events.
  • Saving Lives When Pregnancy Ends Early
    • This article talks about the importance of providing medical care to women who suffer pregnancies that end early or are aborted, and ways to administer that care.
  • Standards for Maternal and Neonatal Care
    • The Standards for Maternal and Neonatal Care consists of a set of user-friendly leaflets that present World Health Organization (WHO) key recommendations on the delivery of maternal and neonatal care in health facilities, starting from the first level of care.
  • Strategic Approach to Improving Maternal and Newborn Survival and Health
    • Documents from WHO about ways to make pregnancy and birth safer for mother and child.
  • The Risks of Cesarean Section Fact Sheet & Expectant Mother’s Checklist
    • Cesarean section is the most common major surgical procedure performed in the United States. The Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is concerned about the dramatic increase and ongoing overuse of cesarean section. The surgical procedure poses short- and long-term health risks to mothers and infants, and a scarred uterus poses risks to all future pregnancies and deliveries. For these reasons, CIMS recommends that cesarean surgery be reserved for situations when potential benefits clearly outweigh potential harms. This new resource includes an important companion document, “A Checklist for Expectant Mothers to Read During Pregnancy.”
  • Warning Signs in Pregnancy
    • Produced by Medical Aid Films, this movie is describes common problems during pregnancy, how to recognize them, and how to deal with them. This video may take several minutes to fully load and requires Quicktime to play, which can be found in the eGranary.