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Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (5 edition)

World Health Organization WHO, (2015)

This document is part of the process for improving the quality of care in family planning. Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC), the first edition of which was published in 1996, prsents current World Health Organization (WHO) guidance on the safety of various contraceptive e- methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. This is the fifth edtion of the MEC –the latest in the series of periodic updates

WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes

World Health Organization, (2015)

The primary audience for this guideline includes health-care professionals who are responsible for developing national and local health-care protocols and policies, as well as managers of maternal and child health programmes and policy-makers in all settings. The guideline will also be useful to those directly providing care to pregnant women and preterm infants, such as obstetricians, paediatricians, midwives, nurses and general practitioners. The information in this guideline will be useful for developing job aids and tools for pre- and in-service training of health workers to enhance their delivery of maternal and neonatal care relating to preterm birth.

Breastfeeding Video Series

Global Health Media Project, (2015)

These videos provide breastfeeding mothers with practical information on “how to” skills and problem management. Our goal is to help mothers become more successful with breastfeeding enabling more of them to exclusively breastfeed their babies until 6 months of age. The video topics are: Breastfeeding in the First Hours After Birth, Positions for Breastfeeding, Attaching Your Baby at the Breast, Is Your Baby Getting Enough Milk, Increasing Your Milk Supply, How to Express Breastmilk, Storing Breastmilk Safely, What to Do About Breast Pain, and What To Do About Nipple Pain. Go to the website for free download

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.”

Taking Stock of Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings: 2012-2014 Inter-agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises' Global Review

Chen Reis, Ruwan Ratnayake, (2015)

Conflict and Health, vol. 9 Supplment 1. Free download of all articles at: The IAWG has undertaken an updated review to identify services, quantify progress, document gaps and determine future directions for programs, advocacy and funding priorities. The 2014 review clearly highlights that humanitarian and development actors must identify and develop effective strategies to meaningfully engage affected communities to icrease use of reproductive health services, meet their reproductive health needs, and augment participation in the programs that affect their lives

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

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