Maternal Health Task Force


New Resource for Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage and Preeclampsia/Eclampsia Now Available!

The Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit was developed by the Maternal Health Task Force and Argentina's Institute for Clinical Effectiveness and Health Policy as part of a research and capacity building project in Ethiopia and India. It is our hope that, when combined, these resources are invaluable tools for clinicians seeking ways to prepare for obstetric emergencies anywhere in the world!

Postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia are the most common causes of maternal mortality globally. In the rare case that a woman suffers one of these obstetric emergencies, it is crucial that she receives appropriate and timely treatment. However, because of the infrequency of these cases, health care providers have few opportunities to practice, maintain, and grow their skills in managing postpartum hemorrhage and preeclampsia/eclampsia. Obstetric emergency drills—a simulated obstetric emergency in a facility—allows midwives, nurses, and physicians to maintain knowledge, build skills, and develop teamwork to safely manage complications when they occur.

Download and Share the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit

We encourage the maternal health community to download and share these free, comprehensive resources with their networks! The Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit includes the following materials:

  • Trainer's Manual. The manual serves as a guide for members of a quality improvement team from a delivery ward to promote and practice team skills for obstetric emergencies. 
  • Presentation. The slideshow informs hospital or delivery ward administrators of the purpose and process of running obstetric emergency drills. 
  • Video. The short video shows training sessions using obstetric emergency drills in Karnataka, India and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Please note that the authors intend for quality improvement teams to utilize all of the materials in the Obstetric Emergency Drills Training Kit together; they do not advise using any item on its own.

We would love to hear about your experience using these materials. How did obstetric emergency drills work in your facility? What did you find useful?  Please send feedback to

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