Maternal Collapse – A Catastrophe and How to Manage It?

Maternal Collapse is a life threatening event for the mother during the pregnancy. The outcome of the mother and the foetus depends on effective resuscitation (the process of reviving someone from an apparent death or mortality). Maternal collapse can occur at any stage of pregnancy and upto 6 weeks postnatally. It can lead to events where both the maternal and the foetal health are subjected to risk and the prompt recognition and effective treatment can save the lives of both. 

Maternal collapse can occur due to as inadequate nutrient supply to both mother and the foetus, presence of unhygienic water , lack of proper and adequate healthcare services and psychological stress. All of these can significantly increase maternal mortality and morbidity. Advanced or preterm labour may also lead to sudden maternal collapse.

How to manage maternal collapse ?

  • An adequate oxygen supply needs to be maintained for both the mother and baby
  • Guidance from the obstetricians, anaesthetists and neonatologists preferred
  • Usage of current resuscitation guidelines and commencing of CPR in line 
  • Early intubation with cricoid pressure must be maintained 
  • Perform the caesarean section if adequate circulation is not available after 5 mins of cardiac arrest
  • Adequate training must be provided to pregnant woman to manage the situation of maternal collapse and they must be aware of the resuscitation guidelines. 

Immediate oxygenation and the advanced life support in case of cardiac arrest is recommended if the maternal health deteriorates. Invasive monitoring is beneficial in such cases which provides an initial support to both the mother and the foetus and avoids morbidity and mortality. A quick consultation with physician or an obstetrician can resolve issues that may lead to maternal collapse and guide pregnant women on how to manage such critical situations.

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MedPiper Technologies and JournoMed are conducting a webinar in association with ISA Thrissur and Thrissur Obstetric and Gynaecological Society where the discussion is about Maternal Collapse and how to manage it. The event will be held on 14th June, 2022, Tuesday at 7.30 pm. Participants can register here and they will receive e-certificates. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more details contact you can contact Soumya at / 9080078447 


  • Maternal Collapse- A Catastrophe and how to manage it?

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  • Dr. Vennila Rajagopal, Consultant Anaesthesiology and HDU Services, Apollo Women’s Hospital, Chennai

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