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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

Pregnant woman checking blood sugar level with blood glucose meter.

WHO recommendation on antenatal corticosteroid therapy for women with pre-gestational and gestational diabetes at risk of preterm birth

A mother with her baby on her chest inside a Kangaroo Mother Care Ward, Columbia

WHO recommendation on intermittent Kangaroo mother care for preterm neonates, if continuous Kangaroo mother care is not possible

Labour room

WHO recommendation on use of either dexamethasone or betamethasone as the antenatal corticosteroid of choice

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 the method for diagnosing asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy

WHO recommendation on human deficiency virus and syphilis testing in pregnancy

Antibióticos para la bacteriuria asintomática en el embarazo