Saving Mothers and Babies

“A very valuable tool for sites wanting to start with audits or to introduce new members of staff to maternal and perinatal audits.” — Saving Babies 2003: Fourth Perinatal Care Survey of South Africa

“A useful training manual for the implementation and management of morbidity and mortality meetings.” — Saving Babies 2003–2005: Fifth Perinatal Care Survey of South Africa

Saving Mothers and Babies enables health professionals to measure and address high maternal and perinatal mortality rates. This programme, aligned with the Perinatal Problem Identification Programme (PPIP), is based on the annual confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and the Saving Mothers and Saving Babies reports published in South Africa. It covers:

  • the mortality audit
  • maternal mortality
  • perinatal mortality
  • managing mortality meetings and
  • ways of reducing maternal and perinatal mortality rates.

ISBN (print edition): 978-1-920218-29-4
ISBN (reflowable edition): 978-1-920218-96-6
ISBN (international edition): 978-1-717898-56-2

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 Saving Mothers and Babies

We acknowledge all the participants of Saving Mothers and Babies courses who have made suggestions and offered constructive criticism. It is only through constant feedback from colleagues and participants that the content of Perinatal Education Programme courses can be improved.

Funding towards this publication was generously provided by Eduhealthcare.

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

Editors of Saving Mothers and Babies: Prof D L Woods, Prof R C Pattinson, Dr D H Greenfield

Contributors: Prof G Theron, Prof H de Groot, Ms H Louw