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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.
Antibiotics

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

WHO recommendation on the optimal mode of birth for women in refractory preterm labour

A midfwife with a pregnant woman during a prenatal visit, Cambodia

WHO recommendation on antenatal corticosteroid administration when preterm birth is considered imminent within 7 days of starting treatment, including within the first 24 hours

Woman giving birth in a health center.

WHO recommendation on the optimal mode of birth for women in refractory preterm labour

Ultrasound of multiple pregnancy

WHO recommendation on antenatal corticosteroid therapy for women at risk preterm birth with a single or multiple pregnancy