Obstetric Emergencies

A Practical Guide

  • Diogo Ayres-de-Campos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
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  3. Predominantly Fetal Emergencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
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  4. Predominantly Maternal Emergencies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 51-51
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About this book


This book provides a practical guide to the management of obstetric emergencies – acute complications during pregnancy and childbirth that pose a life-threatening risk to the mother and/or the fetus, and whose treatment requires an almost immediate response from the healthcare team in order to guarantee a favorable outcome.

The book covers two essential areas: the “predominately fetal” emergencies - acute fetal hypoxia/acidosis, shoulder dystocia, and retention of the aftercoming head; and the “predominately maternal” emergencies - eclampsia, maternal cardiorespiratory arrest and post-partum hemorrhage. 

The book offers a valuable guide for healthcare professionals who deal with obstetric patients, as they may use it for reviewing these rare situations and for consultation when they encounter them. It is also a useful reference manual for simulation-based courses designed to develop and maintain clinical expertise in this area.

Healthcare professionals will find that this book offers a comprehensive and pan-European perspective on the clinical management of these situations, as well as a pragmatic and reliable source of information for dealing with acute complications of pregnancy and childbirth.


Labour and delivery Life-threatening obstetric situations Maternal and perinatal mortality Multiprofessional training Pregnancy and Childbirth Simulation-based training

Authors and affiliations

  • Diogo Ayres-de-Campos
    • 1
  1. 1.Medical SchoolUniversity of PortoPortoPortugal

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-41654-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-41656-4
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