A Free Clinical Textbook on Postpartum Hemorrhage
Imagine lifesaving clinical guidelines on maternal health could be made widely available at no cost to health workers across the world. The Global Library of Women’s Medicine (GLOWM) is a nonprofit initiative doing just this. Published by David and Paula Bloomer, GLOWM aims to advance women’s health by providing free access to a “vast and constantly updated, peer-reviewed resource of clinical information and guidance.”
Among GLOWM’s many resources is A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage: A comprehensive guide to evaluation, management and surgical intervention, first published in 2006. Hard copies were distributed to physicians across the developing world, while an electronic version is accessible online at all times, free of charge. There is in fact the full version in Turkish available online.
It contains 500 pages, 53 chapters and contributions from 104 experts, who donated their time and expertise to improve the management of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). Based on this comprehensive textbook, GLOWM also provides simple instructional resources to assist health workers in managing PPH. These include a leaflet and wall chart designed for midwives and birth assistants (available in five languages), and a series of films and video clips demonstrating techniques, tools and action steps.
The editors of the text include Christopher B-Lynch FRCS, FRCOG, D.Univ, (inventor of the B-Lynch technique for suturing the uterus in massive postpartum hemorrhage), Louis Keith MD, PhD, Andre Lalonde MD, FRCSC, FRCOG and Mahantesh Karoshi MBBS, MD.
A new edition of the textbook is in the works, with over 80 chapters and links to videos and other media. GLOWM is also developing free learning modules in the form of smartphone apps, which will provide practical support to healthcare workers worldwide