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.
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.
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.
This article is part of our new ongoing webinar summary series, aimed at providing information on all of the key points touched on at our webinars, available to disseminate widely. You can find the video recording to this webinar on the PONI initiative on our dedicated page.
This new supplement raises the importance of tackling malnutrition and obesity before, during and after pregnancy, to improve the long-term health of mothers and their children, and future generations.
“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.
The 1st - 7th of August marks World Breastfeeding Week. This year, we interviewed the Chair of our Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health Committee, Professor Anwar Nassar.
Professor Nassar, answers some of the pressing questions many new mothers may have on COVID-19, breastfeeding, and outlines the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and newborn.
The postnatal period is a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborns. Most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time. Yet, this is the most neglected period for the provision of quality care.
As time passes and more data becomes available, many studies have demonstrated a concerning link between air pollution levels and COVID-19 rates.
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.