Childbirth in the field

Childbirth in the field is situation which can confront every one of us. For this case an algorithm was created, where you find yourself in the position of emergency doctor called to assist the progressing childbirth. Here is your chance to get familiar with the proper medical guidance of the childbirth in the field.

Published at: 26.12.2012


Martina Studničková, MD, PhD
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Olomouc and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Fortunately, the birth in the field is extraordinary affair. Of course, each doctor may encounter it, therefore I think that the inclusion of the algorithm is very useful. Algorithm shows the situation when a doctor is called to the advanced childbirth and he must lead the birth in the field.  It summarizes the basic situation systematically, which the doctor has to deal with, at last but not at least the life-threatening complication- massive bleeding. The algorithm is processed step by step, including the explanations of correct and incorrect answers. In my opinion, it is important to differentiate minor and major mistakes, when the major mistake causes “burial of the patient”. Presented algorithm will certainly help not only medical students but also doctors, because the birth in the field can encounter each of us. Therefore, every doctor should be able to provide first aid to woman in labor and newborn as should be a matter of course knowledge about CPR.


KNOR, Jiří a Martin HOUDEK. Porody v terénu – pohled lékařů záchranné služby. Zdravotnické noviny. 2012, 61(6), 22. ISSN 1805-2355. Dostupné také z:

HRUBAN, Lukáš, Petr JANKŮ, Pavel VENTRUBA a Martin PROCHÁZKA. Vaginální vedení porodu koncem pánevním. Praha: Maxdorf, [2016]. Porodnictví krok za krokem. ISBN 978-80-7345-480-7.


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