WHO education material for teachers of midwifery.

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A set of training manuals developed to equip midwives with essential lifesaving skills is now available from the Making Pregnancy Safer department at the World Health Organization (WHO).

Both the ICM and the American College of Nurse-Midwives were involved in the original development, pretesting, refining, field-testing and completion of the midwifery modules. This second edition of the modules has been developed under the auspices of the Making Pregnancy Safer team and is being published jointly by WHO and ICM.

The manuals, which were widely field-tested prior to finalisation, respond to the major problem of preventable maternal deaths. Logically organised and well illustrated, the manuals aim to communicate in an imaginative way the knowledge needed by midwives in order to think critically, make the right decisions, and apply the appropriate clinical skills, particularly in life-and-death emergencies.

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