Helping Mothers Survive


Helping Mothers Survive (HMS) is a suite of hands-on, simulation-based learning modules designed to improve and sustain the critical skills of midwives, nurses, doctors, and others who assist them to care for women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery (JHPIEGO).


Bleeding After Birth Complete – Day 1


Postpartum hemorrhage is addressed in the first module, this is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide. The content builds skills around team communication, active management of the 3rd stage of labor, and early detection and basic management of hemorrhage to reduce maternal deaths.

Preeclampsia/Eclampsia – Day 1

This module is designed to address the second leading cause of maternal mortality globally: pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Key content includes correct assessment and classification of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, administration of loading and maintenance doses of magnesium sulfate and antihypertensive medications, and management of convulsions.

Essential Care for Labor and Birth

This module is designed to improve the quality and experience of care for women and newborns during labor, birth and the immediate postpartum period. Learners complete skills practice and quality improvement activities and is designed for all those who care for women and newborns at birth.

Threatened Preterm Birth Care

Threatened Preterm Birth Care is a 2-day course designed for teams of trained staff who care for women and newborns at higher level facilities with supplies. The content is based on the 2015 WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes and focuses on identifying women likely to deliver a preterm baby within 7 days and the actions that can be taken prior to birth to improve survival.