Solution reduces severe bleeding after childbirth

May 10, 2023
A trial of a set of interventions to manage postpartum hemorrhage, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found a 60% reduction in heavy bleeding.

A new solution, known as E-MOTIVE, could provide a breakthrough in reducing deaths from childbirth-related bleeding, according to a study published by researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Birmingham. 

The study, which involved over 200 000 women in four countries, found that objectively measuring blood loss using a simple, low-cost collection device called a ‘drape’ and bundling together WHO-recommended treatments - rather than offering them sequentially - resulted in dramatic improvements in outcomes for women. Severe bleeding – when a woman loses more than a liter of blood after birth - was reduced by 60%, and they were less likely to lose their life.   

There was also a substantial reduction in the rate of blood transfusions for bleeding, which is of particular importance in low-income countries where blood is a scarce and expensive resource. 

WHO release