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Preconception, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care

Pregnancy complications

Preterm birth

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.
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 newborn baby sleeps in an incubator.

WHO recommendation on surfactant replacement therapy for newborns with respiratory distress syndrome

Labour room

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

Father interacts with his 4 day old child on an incubator at a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, India.

WHO recommendation on the type of surfactant for surfactant replacement therapy in newborns with respiratory distress syndrome

A midwife and a pregnant woman during a prenatal consultation

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

A nurse cares for an infant in a neonatal intensive care unit.

WHO recommendation on the prophylactic administration of surfactant in preterm newborns