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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Pregnancy complications

Infection during pregnancy

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.

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

Two health workers prepare a woman for delivery in a delivery room, Niger.

WHO recommendation on digital vaginal examination at intervals of four hours for routine assessment of active first stage of labour in low-risk women

Pregnant woman in labour lying on hospital bed.

WHO recommendation against routine vaginal cleansing with chlorhexidine during labour for the purpose of preventing infectious morbidities

WHO recommendation on administration of prophylactic antibiotics prior to skin incision, rather than intraoperatively after umbilical cord clamping, for caesarean section