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Fertility regulation

Insertion technique for the Copper T380A IUD
This video demonstrates the insertion technique for the TCu-380A IUD, which has been shown in a Cochrane review to be more effective than other IUDs.

No scalpel vasectomy
The technique of no scalpel vasectomy was developed in China and has found wide acceptance internationally. The video demonstrates this technique.

Improving clinical practice

Optimizing health worker roles for maternal and newborn health 
This film introduces new WHO recommendations on optimizing health worker roles to improve access to key maternal and newborn health interventions through task shifting and sharing.

Newborn health

These newborn clinical care videos have been provided to RHL by the Global Health Media Project.

Newborn Care Series: Basic skills
This film covers the basic skills of taking a temperature, counting the breathing rate, and weighing a baby.

Newborn Care Series: Inserting a gastric tube
This film teaches how to determine if a gastric tube is needed in a baby and how to safely insert one.

Newborn Care Series: Feeding with a gastric tube
This film shows the correct and safe way to feed a baby with a gastric tube. It highlights involving the mother and features a chart that shows the volume of milk to give at each feeding according to the day of life.

Newborn Care Series: Inserting an IV
This film shows how to insert an IV into the vein of a newborn. It shows gathering supplies, finding a good vein, applying a tourniquet, insertion technique, taping and splinting the IV, and administering medication.

Newborn Care Series: Setting up an IV line
This film shows the procedure to set up a micro-dropper IV giving set.

Newborn Care Series: Taking a heel blood sample
This film shows how to take a small sample of blood for lab tests from the side of the heel of a baby.

Newborn Care Series: Referring a sick baby
This film shows the essential features of a referral process. It covers involving the family, transport, preparing the baby for the journey, writing the referral note, and what to do if referral is not an option.

Newborn Care Series: Newborn physical exam
This film demonstrates a newborn physical exam. It shows 3 parts: observation, vital signs, and the head to toe exam. It also shows normal variations and abnormal findings.

Newborn Care Series: Breathing problems
This film covers how to evaluate a baby with a breathing problem. It shows rapid breathing, chest in-drawing, and nasal flaring. It advises to give these babies oxygen if possible and refer them to a higher-level facility.

Newborn Care Series: Umbilical infections
This film shows how to evaluate the baby with an umbilical infection, how to differentiate a mild infection from a severe one, and how to treat the mild case and refer all severe cases to a higher-level facility.

Pregnancy and childbirth

Blood pressure measurement
Produced by the British Hypertension Society, this video demonstrates simple standardized methods of blood pressure measurement that can help ensure reliability and accuracy.

Kangaroo mother care
This video describes the method of skin-to-skin contact between a mother and her newborn as a low-cost alternative to conventional clinical approach for the care of low-birth-weight infants.

Steps to overcome shoulder dystocia
This video demonstrates the MAPS sequence of manoeuvres (McRoberts, Anterior shoulder, Posterior shoulder, and Salvage) for the management of shoulder dystocia.

Umbilical vein injection for retained placenta: why and how?
This video describes the technique of injecting saline and uterotonics through the umbilical vein to facilitate placental delivery with an overview of the physiology of the third stage of labour.

Active management of the third stage of labour
Active management of the third stage of labour includes administering a uterotonic after birth of the baby, controlled cord traction and clamping and cutting of the cord once the uterus contracts.

Vaginal breech delivery and symphysiotomy
Vaginal breech delivery is generally not recommended. However, manual skills for this procedure are needed for cases where caesarean section is not an option. The technique is illustrated in two vaginal breech deliveries.

Vacuum extraction
Vacuum extraction technique is illustrated. Compared to forceps extraction vacuum extraction can be performed by less experienced staff that are trained in its use.

Caesarean section evidence-based surgical technique
This caesarean section video focuses on individual aspects of the operation such as the abdominal incision, suturing of the uterus and other components and discusses the evidence base for those components.

External cephalic version: Why and How?
External cephalic version is one of the most effective procedures for reducing breech presentation and avoiding caesarean section. The technique and the evidence are presented.

Labour companionship: Every woman's choice
This video highlights the importance of social support provided by lay labour companions (doulas) during labour.

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