Postpartum Haemorrhage and Prehospital Management

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Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a potentially serious obstetric complication wherein the patient bleeds excessively after giving birth. Fundal massage, also known as uterine massage, is a technique used to encourage the uterus to contract properly after delivery of the placenta.

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Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) is a potentially serious obstetric complication wherein the patient bleeds excessively after giving birth. About 5 to 15% of births in Australia and New Zealand result in PPH. While most of these cases are minor, PPH is associated with almost one-quarter of maternal deaths globally and is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Australia and New Zealand. In some situations, fundal massage may assist in the prevention of PPH.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Amy Moore
09 May 2021
Great article with fantastic references
Francis Smith
19 Oct 2021
Great presentation with ample references.
Amber McClymont
21 May 2023
Great refresher on postpartum haemorrhage.
Melissa Ferguson
16 Dec 2021
Very informative for such a small amount of information
26 Feb 2021
Excellent information on newer trends in quantify postpartum hemorrhage
Inutu Barr
12 May 2021
This is a great resource that I revert to every so often to help reinforce whatever knowledge I have.
Linda Marsden
04 Jul 2021
Good recap.
Sacha rendoth
15 May 2021
Informative rescource
Victoria Allen
17 Apr 2022
Katelyn Turmine
02 Aug 2020
It was very clear, to the point and informative.
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