WHO recommendations for prevention of PPH.

Position:Worldwide news - World Health Organization - Postpartum haemorrhage - Brief article

Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is an important cause of maternal mortality, accounting for nearly 25% of all maternal deaths worldwide. Common causes of PPH include failure of the uterus to contract adequately after birth leading to atonic PPH, tears of the genital tract leading to traumatic PPH and bleeding due to retention of placental tissue.

Midwives including Kathy Herschderfer of ICM, Deborah Armbruster of POPPHI, Atf Gherissi from Tunisia and Tina Lavender from the UK have all contributed to new recommendations now available on the WHO website. Key questions include: What is active management of the third stage of labour...

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