Fourth Edition of Life-Saving Skills Manual to Debut in 2008
First published in 1989, the Life-Saving Skills Manual for Midwives has been increasing the public-health impact of midwives in developing countries around the world. Since its inception, the manual has encouraged midwives to assume greater responsibility for recognizing and responding to life-threatening emergencies.
The Life-Saving Skills Manual for Midwives and its training program process, builds on years of experience of midwives practicing in rural and urban areas. The critical issues of family and community support and education are woven throughout the manual. The LSS Manual is focused on strengthening the capacity of midwives and others with midwifery skills to save the lives of women and babies. The management, medications, equipment and procedures suggested in the manual assume that only the most basic provisions are usually available.
The 4th edition, due for release in 2008, was reviewed by LSS Trainers and Safe Motherhood Consultants from 10 different countries, whose experienced comments broadened the scope of the Manual . Their feedback was instrumental in the final publication, which features:
- Critical information for antenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum normal care
- Life saving knowledge and skills related to the major killers of women and babies
- A review of updated best practices
- Expanded HIV and family planning information
- Writing that is easy to translate
- User-friendly format
- Pocket-sized clinical reference book
The LSS Manual is designed for use by experienced midwives, midwifery students, ministries of health, schools, and professional associations. Sample copies and order forms will be available at the 2008 ACNM Annual Meeting in Boston, May 23-29.
Updating the Life Saving Skills training package is supported in part by the American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation.
“[We] are especially pleased to provide increasing support for projects and initiatives that influence the health and wellbeing of families around the globe. Nothing could be more important to our fulfillment of our mission than to support this project,” says Carolyn Gegor, CNM, A.C.N.M. Foundation President.