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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Care during childbirth

Care during labour - 3rd stage

This section includes RHL summaries of published systematic reviews on various aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, including preconception care, management of miscarriage, antenatal care, medical problems in pregnancy, disorders that might affect the unborn baby, complications arising during pregnancy, the induction of labour, and the care of the mother and newborn during and immediately after childbirth.
Close-up of a syringe

WHO recommendation on prophylactic uterotonics for the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage

Image showing cord clamping

WHO recommendation on delayed umbilical cord clamping

illustration of cord traction

WHO recommendation on controlled cord traction

Illustration of uterine massage

WHO recommendation on uterine massage for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage

Preparing an umbilical vein injection

Umbilical vein injection for the routine management of third stage of labour

WHO recommendation on the use of uterine packing for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage

Retained placenta

WHO recommendation on cord traction and oxytocin for retained placenta

WHO recommendation on the use of ergometrine for the management of retained placenta

WHO recommendation on the use of prostaglandin E2 alpha for the management of retained placenta