Primary Maternal Care

“I feel it is crucial to make it a compulsory course for everyone, especially the new employees or the personnel members who [haven’t] had a chance to study further.” —  Sister Vuyiswa Mabe on Primary Maternal Care, 27 Jan 2010.

Primary Maternal Care equips health workers to provide antenatal and postnatal care. This programme is ideal for nurses, midwives and doctors providing primary maternal care in level 1 district hospitals and clinics. It is aligned with the national protocol for antenatal care in South Africa. It covers:

  • antenatal care
  • assessment of fetal growth and condition during pregnancy
  • hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • antepartum haemorrhage
  • preterm labour and preterm rupture of the membranes
  • the puerperium and family planning
  • medical problems during pregnancy and the puerperium

ISBN (paperback): 978-1-920218-43-0
ISBN (reflowable ebook): 978-1-928313-07-6
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717898-35-7

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 Primary Maternal Care

Primary Maternal Care has been edited from selected units of 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. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of the Perinatal Education Programme courses can be improved.

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

Editors of Primary Maternal Care: Prof G B Theron and Prof R C Pattinson

Contributors to Primary Maternal Care: Prof H van C de Groot, Dr D H Greenfield, Ms H Louw, Prof G B Theron, Prof D L Woods