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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.
Photo of a catheter

WHO recommendation on duration of bladder catheterization after surgical repair of simple obstetric urinary fistula

Pregnant woman sweeping the floor

WHO recommendation on birth preparedness and complication readiness

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

A bottle of antibiotics

WHO recommendation on antibiotic administration for women with preterm prelabour rupture of membranes

Preterm birth

A midwife and a pregnant woman during a prenatal consultation

WHO recommendation on use of a single repeat course of antenatal corticosteroid

A doctor tends to a preterm baby in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Ethiopia.

WHO recommendation on effectiveness of plastic bags/wraps in providing thermal care for preterm newborns immediately after birth

A nurse speaks with a pregnant woman during an antenatal consultation, DRC.

WHO recommendation on antenatal corticosteroid therapy for women at risk of preterm birth from 24 weeks to 34 weeks of gestation

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

WHO recommendation on human deficiency virus and syphilis testing in pregnancy

WHO recommendation on the method for diagnosing asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy

Antibióticos para la bacteriuria asintomática en el embarazo