Maternal Care

“I thoroughly enjoyed it. We had some interesting discussions with my colleagues around some of the topics included in the book.” — Dr Thethe Kankolongo, Emmaus Hospital, KwaZulu Natal

“Identified by the National Department [of Health] as [a] key element in the improvement of health care worker practice” – Centre for Health Policy, Health Systems Programme, 2002

Recommended by the Department of Health for nurses working in women’s reproductive health — The Primary Health Care Package for South Africa, March 2000

Recommended reading for all Dip Obst(SA) students at The College of Medicine of South Africa.

Maternal Care is a comprehensive programme for healthcare professionals, covering all the common and important problems that occur during pregnancy, labour, delivery and the puerperium:

  • Antenatal care
  • Assessment of fetal growth and condition during pregnancy
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • Antepartum haemorrhage
  • Preterm labour and preterm rupture of the membranes
  • Monitoring the mother during the first stage of labour
  • Monitoring the fetus during the first stage of labour
  • Monitoring and managing the first stage of labour
  • The second stage of labour
  • Managing pain during labour
  • The third stage of labour
  • The puerperium
  • Medical problems during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium
  • Family planning after pregnancy
  • Regionalised perinatal care.

Skills chapters teach:

  • clinical examination in pregnancy and labour,
  • routine screening tests,
  • the use of an antenatal card and partogram,
  • measuring blood pressure,
  • detecting proteinuria and
  • performing and repairing an episiotomy.

Maternal Care is especially important for midwives and doctors working in labour wards in level 2 hospitals.

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-920218-27-0
ISBN (reflowable ebook): 978-1-920218-89-8
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717897-76-3

About the series editor

A previous head of neonatal medicine at UCT, David Woods consulted to UNICEF and the WHO, and is developing distance-learning courses and innovative, power-free medical devices for health professionals in under-resourced countries.

Acknowledgements for Maternal Care

Maternal Care has been edited from the Maternal Care manual of the Perinatal Education Programme. This learning programme for professionals is developed by the Perinatal Education Trust and funded by Eduhealthcare. We acknowledge all the participants of the Perinatal Education Programme who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism over the years. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the Perinatal Education Programme courses can be improved.

Contributors to Maternal Care: Prof H van C de Groot, Dr D Greenfield, Ms H Louw, Ms M Petersen, Dr N Rhoda, Prof G Theron, Prof D Woods

Bettercare would like to acknowledge Dr Kenneth Beviss-Challinor for his contribution towards the proofreading of this book.

Editor-in-Chief of the Perinatal Education Programme: Prof D Woods

Editor of Maternal Care: Prof G Theron