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A Book for Midwives: Care for Pregnancy, Birth, and Women's Health

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English: PDF [13.4MB] Spanish: PDF [494K] Web Page


This book focuses on simple, low-cost treatments and has been revised to better support care during labor and management of obstetric emergencies. Updated information includes HIV/AIDS in pregnancy and birth, breastfeeding, infection prevention, family planning, pelvic exams, IUD insertion and removal, helping a woman when a pregnancy ends early, and manual vacuum aspiration. The book is heavily illustrated, clearly written, and developed with the participation of community- based midwives, midwifery trainers, and medical specialists around the world. It is equally useful in a rural village or urban clinic, as a training manual for students, or as a reference for an experienced midwife. [This is a large file, it may take several minutes or more to download]

Publisher: Hesperian Foundation
Languages: English, Spanish
Format: PDF
Region: Global
Audiences: Midwives/Traditional Birth Attendants, Community Health Workers/Volunteer Caregivers, Nurses, Physician's Assistants/Nurse Practitioners
Literacy level: Medium
Topic Areas: Perinatal Interventions, General Care during Pregnancy, Labor, & Delivery, Reproductive Health & Family Planning
Resource Type: Manuals