This edition of Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth has been superseded by a second edition. It remains here for reference purposes.

Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Managing complications in pregnancy and childbirth

A guide for midwives and doctors

WHO, United Nations Population Fund, UNICEF, The World Bank

Publication details

Number of pages: 19
Publication date: 2000
Languages: Arabic, English, French, Indonesian, Italian, Russian, Spanish
ISBN: 9241545879 (English); 9242545872 (French)
WHO reference number: WQ 240 2003MA (English)


This publication has been superceded by a second edition


This easy-to-use manual is arranged by symptoms (e.g. vaginal bleeding in early pregnancy). Because this symptom-based approach is different from most medical texts, which are arranged by disease, a corresponding diagnosis table is provided. Links have been used extensively to facilitate navigation between symptoms and diagnoses. The clinical action steps are based on clinical assessment with limited reliance on laboratory or other tests and most can be performed in a variety of clinical settings (e.g. district hospital or health centre).