Primary Maternal Care

Primary Maternal Care addresses the needs of healthcare workers who provide antenatal and postnatal care, but do not conduct deliveries. It is adapted from theory chapters and skills workshops from Maternal Care. This book is ideal for midwives and doctors providing primary maternal care in level 1 district hospitals and clinics, and complements the national protocol of antenatal care in South Africa.

Chapters cover:

  • antenatal care
  • assessment of fetal growth and condition during pregnancy
  • hypertensive disorders of pregnancy
  • antepartum haemorrhage
  • preterm labour and preterm rupture of the membrames
  • the puerperium and family planning
  • medical problems during pregnancy and the puerperium.
  • Full title: Primary Maternal Care: Antenatal and postnatal care in the clinic
  • Author(s): Perinatal Education Programme
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-920218-43-0
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-928313-07-6
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-44-7


“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, course evaluation for Primary Maternal Care, 27 Jan 2010.

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.


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.

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