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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.
Magnesium sulfate preparation

WHO recommendation on the use of magnesium sulfate for fetal protection from neurological complications

Newborn baby on breathing machine.

WHO recommendation on oxygen therapy for preterm newborns 

Antibiotics for injection

WHO recommendation on routine antibiotic administration for women in preterm labour with intact amniotic membranes

A bottle of antibiotics

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


WHO recommendation on the prophylactic antibiotic of choice in women with preterm prelabour rupture of membranes

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