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Teaching life saving skills in essential (emergency) obstetric care and neonatal care

Training in obstetric life-saving skills is crucial if we are to achieve reductions in maternal mortality worldwide. The Life Saving Skills essential (emergency) obstetric care (EOC) and neonatal care (NC) course was developed specifically for low-resource settings by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists International Office and Department of Making pregnancy Safer at WHO. The award-winning book that accompanies it was first published in 2006 and is already in its second edition. The 3-day long LSS-EOC and NC courses focus on the main causes of maternal and newborn mortality. It is a ‘skills and drills’-based course hugely enjoyed by both participants and facilitators.

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The photograph above shows a facilitator demonstrating the delivery of a breech baby on a mannequin. Models are used extensively in the course so that trainees have the chance to practice their techniques. The photo on the right shows a group learning the correct technique for a vacuum extraction. There is limited availability of operative vaginal delivery in many low-resource settings and so a lot of course time is spent on teaching this essential skill. [Photographs courtesy LSTM]

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