Today we released the last 3 videos in our Childbirth Series, covering the birth and early postpartum period.
"Birthing the Baby" shows how to assist a mother to safely birth her baby and minimize tearing of the vagina. "Managing the Third Stage of Labor" features the use of uterotonics to prevent postpartum hemorrhage and shows how to deliver the placenta. "The Birth: Labor, Delivery, and Early Postpartum" shows best practices for the full birth sequence, starting with labor through to immediate postpartum.
These 3 videos complete our series of 12 videos on normal childbirth. The series can help health workers improve the quality of care during childbirth and help protect the lives of birthing women. We feature a midwifery approach to care with a birth attendant working solo, the norm in small facilities in much of the developing world. The videos are available in English, French, and Spanish and can be downloaded free-of-charge for use in low-resource settings: http://globalhealthmedia.org/videos/
Looking ahead, we have a breastfeeding series in the pipeline, for both health workers and mothers. We are now in the planning stages of our next project, a series of teaching videos on care of preterm babies in low resource settings. We will be working closely with the American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts to produce these videos that will complement their new curriculum, Essential Care for Small Babies.