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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Pregnancy complications

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.

Prelabour rupture of membranes

Female doctor talking to pregnant woman sitting on bed in hospital

Amnioinfusion for third trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes

Bottles of antibiotics

Antibiotics for preterm rupture of membranes

African pregnant woman waiting for doctor in a health center, Côte d Ivoire

Antibiotics for prelabour rupture of membrane at or near term

Preterm birth

A pregnant woman sits on a bed at maternity hospital in Sierra Leone.

Calcium channel blockers for inhibiting preterm labour and birth

Ampoules containing drug doses next to a syringe

Repeat doses of prenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of preterm birth for improving neonatal health outcomes

Nurse examining pregnant woman lying on hospital bed, Cuba.

Bed rest in singleton pregnancies for preventing preterm birth

Placenta previa

Interventions for suspected placenta praevia

Prolonged pregnancy

Induction of labour for improving birth outcomes for women at or beyond term

Infection during pregnancy

Antibióticos para la bacteriuria asintomática en el embarazo

Strategies of testing for syphilis during pregnancy

Antibiotic prophylaxis for operative vaginal delivery