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Pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and newborn care A guide for essential practice (3rd edition)

World Health Organization WHO, (2015)

WHO has been alerted to concerns expressed related to the wording on episiotomy in specific situations. We have temporarily removed the publication from the website while we are doing a review of the evidence with in-house and external experts. We will make the publication available on the website once the review is completed and any needed revisions are made. Please check the website!!!

Safe Pregnancy and Birth. App

Hesperian, (2015)

Available in English and Spanish, Hesperian’s comprehensive app on pregnancy and birth contains a wealth of information on: how to stay healthy during pregnancy how to recognize danger signs during pregnancy, birth, and after birth what to do when a danger sign arises when to refer a woman to emergency care instructions for community health workers with step-by-step explanations such as “How to take blood pressure,” “How to treat someone in shock,” “How to stop bleeding.”

Essential obstetric and newborn care

Anne-Sophie Coutin, et al., Eds.: Médecins Sans Frontières, (2015)

Practical guide for midwives, doctors with obstetrics training and health care personnel who deal with obstetric emergencies

Soins obstétricaux et néonatals essentiels

Anne-Sophie Coutin, et al., Eds.: Médecins Sans Frontières, (2015)

Guide pratique à l'usage des sages-femmes, médecins spécialisés en obstétriques et personnel de santé devant faire face à des urgences obstétricales

Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception

World Health Organization, (2015)

Planned and regulated task shifting and task sharing can have a range of benefits. It can ensure a rational optimization of the available health workforce, address health system shortages of specialized health-care professionals, improve equity in access to health care and increase the acceptability of health services for those receiving them. This guideline provides a range of options for expanding of health worker roles in the provision of safe abortion care, the management of complications of abortion (also known as post-abortion care in some settings and provided as part of emergency obstetric care) and for post-abortion contraception provision.

Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems

World Health Organization, (2012)

2nd edition. This new edition provides policy-makers, programme managers and health-service providers with the latest evidence-based guidance on clinical care. It includes information on how to establish and strengthen services, and outlines a human-rights-based approach to laws and policies on safe, comprehensive abortion care. This guidelines is available in English; French, Spanish; Japanese; Russian; Portuguese; Romanian and Ukrainian

Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice

WHO, International Confederation of Midwives, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics and International Pediatric Association., Eds.: WHO, et al., (2006)

The guide provides a full range of updated, evidence-based norms and standards that will enable health care providers to give high quality care during pregnancy, delivery and in the postpartum period, considering the needs of the mother and her newborn baby.

A Textbook of Gynecology for Less-Resourced Locations

Heleen van Beekhuizen and Regine Unkels, Eds.: The Global Library of Women’s Medicine by Sapiens Publishing, (2012)

This textbook seeks to support various levels of health personnel in less-resourced locations by providing evidence-based information about low-tech diagnostic and treatment options for common gynecological conditions such as cervical, ovarian and breast cancer, problems in early pregnancy, contraception and gynecological bleeding disorders. It also covers specific conditions often encountered in less-resourced locations such as fistula surgery, female genital mutilation and HIV-associated gynecological complications. A separate chapter deals with subfertility, a topic which is rarely on the agenda of vertical programs in less-resourced locations although the need for appropriate care for this condition is substantial Download Chapter by Chapter from the Webiste:

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