Preventing deaths from complications of labour and delivery
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The process of labour and delivery remains an unnecessary and preventable cause of death for women and babies around the world. Although rates of maternal and perinatal death are declining, there are large disparities between rich and poor countries, and sub-Saharan Africa has not seen the scale of declines shown elsewhere. In many areas, maternity services remain sparse and under-equipped, with insufficient and poorly trained staff. Priorities for reducing the mortality burden are provision of safe caesarean section, prevention of sepsis, and appropriate care of women in labour in line with current best practices, appropriately and affordably delivered. A concern is that large-scale recourse to caesarean delivery has its own dangers and may present new dominant causes for maternal mortality. An area of current neglect is newborn care. However, innovative training methods and appropriate technologies offer opportunities for affordable and effective newborn resuscitation and follow-up management in low-income settings.
Buchmann , E , Stones , W & Thomas , N 2016 , ' Preventing deaths from complications of labour and delivery ' Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology , vol 36 , pp. 103-115 . DOI: 10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2016.05.012
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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