Saving Mothers and Babies

Saving Mothers and Babies was developed in response to the high maternal and perinatal mortality rates found in most developing countries. Learning material used in this book is based on the results of the annual confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and the Saving Mothers and Saving Babies reports published in South Africa.

It addresses:

  • the basic principles of mortality audit
  • maternal mortality
  • perinatal mortality
  • managing maternal and perinatal mortality audits
  • ways of reducing maternal and perinatal mortality rates.

This book should be used together with the Perinatal Problem Identification Programme (PPIP).

  • Full title: Saving Mothers and Babies: Problem-solving in the clinic
  • Author(s): Perinatal Education Programme
  • Print ISBN: 978-1-920218-29-4
  • Reflowable ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-96-6
  • PDF-ebook ISBN: 978-1-920218-60-7

Testimonials and reviews

“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

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.


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.

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