Labor and Delivery
This section describes evidence-based practices to ensure optimal maternal and newborn care during labor and delivery.
Key Resources for Labor and Delivery:
- WHO, 2000. Managing Complications in Pregnancy and Childbirth: A Guide for Midwives and Doctors
- WHO, 2010. Essential Newborn Care Course
- MCHIP, 2013. Respectful Maternity Care Toolkit
- Jhpiego, 2012. Guidelines for In-Service Training in Basic and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
- PATH, 2005. Evaluation of a Clean Delivery Kit Intervention in Preventing Cord Infection and Puerperal Sepsis in Mwanza, Tanzania: Final Research Report
- American College of Nurse–Midwives (ACNM) is the professional association for nurse-midwives and has a wide range of resources, including some related to global health (e.g., in-service and pre-service training, community education and mobilization).
- Hesperian, 2004; updated 2013. A Book for Midwives: A Manual for Traditional Birth Attendants and Community Midwives
- Home Based Life Saving Skills (HBLSS), developed by the American College of Nurse–Midwives, trains birth attendants to manage life-threatening situations involving childbearing woman and newborns. The goal is to stabilize the woman and perform emergency care that is not only safe but also culturally acceptable and feasible in the home until referral is possible.