Intrapartum Care

Intrapartum Care was developed for doctors and advanced midwives who care for women who deliver in district hospitals. It contains theory chapters and skills workshops adapted from the labour chapters of Maternal Care. It covers:

  • monitoring the condition of the mother during the first stage of labour
  • monitoring the condition of the fetus during the first stage of labour
  • monitoring and management of the first stage of labour
  • the second stage of labour
  • the third stage of labour
  • managing pain during labour
  • the puerperium
  • family planning during pregnancy.

Intrapartum Care was written to support and complement the national protocol of intrapartum care in South Africa.

  • Full title: Intrapartum Care: An advanced-midwife’s guide to labour and delivery
  • Author(s): Perinatal Education Programme
  • With contributor(s): Anne Westoby
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-920218-38-6
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-04-5
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-39-3

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.


Intrapartum 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.

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