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The postpartum period is a critical time to ensure women and their newborns are healthy. It is important to closely monitor a woman’s health during this recovery time – especially if she experienced complications during pregnancy or childbirth – as over half of maternal deaths occur during the first days, weeks, and months after childbirth. The most common yet preventable causes of severe maternal morbidity and maternal mortality include obstetric hemorrhage, severe hypertension, venous thromboembolism, infection and cardiac disease. Even healthy women who give birth are at risk for these complications.

When a woman is discharged from the hospital, she may either receive so much information that she becomes overwhelmed (e.g., pamphlets, flyers, samples), or she may receive very limited “mother-focused” information about the health changes she may experience after childbirth.  In either scenario, the reality is that many women do not receive consistent messages and adequate guidance on identifying the warning signs and symptoms of complications, or instructions about when, where, and how to obtain necessary medical attention during the postpartum period. 

Increasing the number of women who recognize potential life-threatening post-birth warning signs that can occur after hospital discharge and educating them on when to obtain immediate medical attention can save lives.


POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Online Education


AWHONN has developed a standard approach to POST-BIRTH Warning Signs education provided by nurses during the hospital stay.  The program includes online education on maternal morbidity and mortality and how to deliver consistent messages about warning signs that can signal serious complications. The online course educates postpartum nurses about the rising rates of maternal mortality and severe morbidity in the U.S., particularly in the postpartum period, and the role nurses can play in reversing this trend.


 The course also provides a discharge education checklist that includes points for nurses and AWHONN’s Save Your Life handout for all mothers to take home. 


POST-BIRTH Warning Signs


  • Member price: $29.00 USD
  • Non-member price: $49.00 USD

CNE Contact Hour(s)

0.6 contact hours available through 12/31/2018

Available Resources Included in the Course

  • Save Your Life (handout for parents)
  • Salva su Vida (Spanish)
  •  POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Checklist (for nurses)

Learn more about the POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Education Course

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POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Implementation Community


AWHONN is committed to assisting hospital leaders in the implementation of key evidence-based initiatives.  As facilitating change can be difficult, AWHONN has created a POST-BIRTH Implementation Community for hospital leaders to interact with AWHONN staff and other participating members to best support this change effort. This Implementation Community includes:

  • Purchase at least 15 seats of online education.
  • Participation in three 90-minute conference calls to support implementation and integration of AWHONN’s discharge teaching tools into the electronic medical record.
  • Learning from and sharing successes and challenges with other members of the Community to identify best practices to implementation of AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH Warning Signs education into discharge teaching. 


Registration for the current POST-BIRTH Implementation Community is now closed due to high demand.


If you are interested in more information, please email


An Interview with a New Mother


Teaching all women to recognize potentially life-threatening signs of post-birth complications can save lives, as evidenced by this interview with a new mother who received this education from her postpartum nurse prior to hospital discharge.

POST-BIRTH Warning Signs Publications


 The development of AWHONN’s POST-BIRTH Warning Signs is described in three peer-reviewed journals to date:


View the November-December 2016 JOGNN In Focus Series, which highlights nursing strategies to address maternal morbidity and mortality.  

Postpartum Discharge Education: Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Questions?

Please contact: Mitty Songer 

Associate Director of Product Sales
(304) 550-3984

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