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Maternal health
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Maternal health

It is normal for a woman to have bleeding after the birth of her baby. However, when a woman has excessive bleeding after childbirth, this is known as postpartum haemorrhage (PPH). PPH is an obstetric emergency for which immediate interventions are needed to stop bleeding and save the mother. PPH is the leading cause of maternal mortality in low-income countries.

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Success stories from FIGO’s Postpartum Haemorrhage projects

Although the absolute risk for severe COVID-19 in pregnancy remains low, it is now established that pregnant women are at increased risk of severe COVID-19-associated illness compared with non-pregnant women. Such illness may require hospitalisation, admission to intensive care, mechanical ventilation and even cause death. Thus, the prevention of critical COVID-19 infection is of paramount importance for both the mother and her foetus.

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COVID-19 Vaccination: FIGO releases statement and hosts webinar

There are an estimated 15 million preterm births every year – more than 1 in 10 of all global births. Furthermore, 1 million children under the age of five die as a direct result of preterm birth complications. Although more than 80% of preterm births occur in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, the problem is universal. 

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World Prematurity Day: caring for the future

“Every OBGYN should be able to counsel on family planning – providing balanced, non-coercive and quality care, where you give accurate information and take time to answer questions so that a woman can make an informed choice for herself and her family.”

Dr Anita Makins, Director of FIGO’s Postpartum IUD (PPIUD) Initiative.

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High-Income Postpartum Family Planning & COVID-19

In our 2019 Pre-eclampsia Guidelines FIGO called for countries to screen all women in the first trimester, integrating pre-eclampsia risk assessment as an integral part of basic first-trimester evaluation protocol. 

Professor Liona Poon, Member of the FIGO Pregnancy and NCDs Committee, shares her commitment to integrating Pre-eclampsia risk assessment in Hong Kong.

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Integrating Preeclampsia risk assessment in Hong Kong