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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Postpartum care

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.
A mother has her baby in close skin to skin contact right after birth, Mali.

WHO recommendation on skin-to-skin contact during the first hour after birth

Mother with her newborn baby.

WHO recommendation on breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth

Illustration of uterine tonus assessment

WHO recommendation on uterine tonus assessment for early identification of uterine atony

Woman giving birth

WHO recommendation on antibiotics for uncomplicated vaginal birth

illustration of episiotomy

WHO recommendation on routine antibiotic prophylaxis for episiotomy

Maternity room

WHO recommendation on routine postpartum maternal assessment

Postpartum haemorrhage

Mother and her newborn, Uganda

WHO recommendation on tranexamic acid for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage

WHO recommendation on the use of uterotonics for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH)

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