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HMS Program Overview

To improve quality of care on the day of birth, Jhpiego, in collaboration with global partners, developed Helping Mothers Survive (HMS). HMS is a suite of facility- and simulation-based learning modules designed to improve and sustain the critical skills of midwives, nurses, doctors, and those who provide direct care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

Intended for the same providers as Helping Babies Breathe, HMS incorporates the latest evidence in clinical care and learning strategies to all modules in the suite. The first module in the series, Bleeding after Birth, addresses the leading cause of maternal mortality globally, postpartum hemorrhage. In response to requests from around the globe, Jhpiego, as the HMS Secretariat, is expanding the suite into other clinical areas with input from the leaders in global health.

In addition to expanding the competencies covered by the HMS suite, the HMS Secretariat advocates for evidence-based learning approaches for health professionals. When providers have the knowledge, skills, and confidence necessary to provide quality care on and around the day of birth, they are reducing the burden of maternal and newborn deaths in their communities. The HMS Secretariat also provides guidance on implementing and incorporating low-dose, high-frequency learning approaches into existing clinical education programs and helps to connect HMS advocates, implementers, and trainers across the globe.

Currently, Jhpiego, the American College of Nurse-Midwives, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the International Confederation of Midwives, and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics are collaborating to develop the next two modules in the series to address normal and complicated labor and birth. Both the normal labor and complications of labor packages will be ready for global use in 2017. An expanded module for postpartum hemorrhage and a new module for management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are undergoing field validation and will be ready later in 2016.

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