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Name of Media:

Care of the critically ill woman in childbirth; enhanced maternal care


Dr Audrey Quinn, Ms Andrea Berry, Dr Anita Banerjee, Dr Jane Eddleston, Dr Rupert Gauntlett, Dr Janet Hirst, Dr Kerry Litchfield, Ms Carmel Lloyd, Dr Nuala Lucas, Dr Gary Masterson, Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, Dr Elizabeth McGrady, Dr Lucy Mackillop, Mrs Bronnach Pemberton, Professor Cathy Nelson-Piercy, Dr Felicity Plaat, Ms Sarah Quinton, Professor Jane Sandall, Dr Helen Scholefield, Dr Ranjit Verma, Dr Laura Vincen, Dr Carl Waldmann, Dr Peter Watkinson, Dr Jason Waugh, Dr Sam Bassett, Professor Debra Bick, Dr David Bogod, Dr John Clift, Dr Rachel Evley, Dr Richard Isaacs, Dr Shilpa Mahadasu, Professor Ravi Mahajan, Dr Gary Smith, Professor Mike Wee

Publisher or Source:

Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)

Type of Media:

Medical Professional Education

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians,Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

COVID-19 Related:



The majority of women remain healthy during pregnancy and childbirth. The UK has one of the lowest maternal mortality rates in the world.1 Nevertheless, there has been an increase in the number of women who become unwell around the time of childbirth, due to factors including increasing maternal age, increasing rates and levels of obesity and other comorbidities. Women who become acutely unwell during pregnancy, labour or the postnatal period should have immediate access to critical care, of the same standard as other sick patients, delivered by teams skilled in providing critical care to the acutely deteriorating obstetric patient. With this aim, in 2011, a multidisciplinary group from several royal colleges, including obstetricians, anaesthetists, intensivists, midwives and critical care nurses, published a document: 'Providing equity of critical and maternity care for the critically-ill pregnant or recently pregnant woman'.

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