Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care

More than 500,000 women die of pregnancy-related conditions, and an estimated four million newborns die, each year. Yet nearly all of those life-threatening conditions can be addressed effectively with safe low-tech interventions by skilled providers at peripheral health center and district hospital levels. This course describes key technical and programmatic considerations in the implementation of those life-saving interventions.


By the end of this eLearning course, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain the rationale for including emergency obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) in maternal and newborn health programs
  • List key direct causes of maternal and newborn mortality
  • Define each of the key functions of basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC) and comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC)
  • Discuss the met need for EmONC services
  • Describe key factors needed for the implementation of EmONC services
  • Describe program support needed to implement an EmONC program
  • Explain the types of indicators used in monitoring EmONC
  • Discuss several case studies of programs where availability and quality of EmONC services increased